Injured Allen out of 400m but Francis, Gaye advance to semis

By June 21, 2019

Jamaica’s 400m prospects took a blow on Friday when Nathon Allen failed to show for the heats of the 400m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Allen suffered a mild hamstring injury in training earlier this week and failed to recover in time to face the starter.

Allen, a finalist at the 2017 World Championships in London, was to have featured for Jamaica both in the individual event and the mile relay at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar in late September.

For those who did make it to the track, Sean Bailey, the brother of multiple world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, looked good in winning his heat in 46.08. Devaughn Baker ran a personal best 46.10 for second and an automatic spot in the semi-finals.

The fastest through to the semis was Terry Thomas who clocked 45.83 to finish ahead of Martin Manley who was timed in 46.78s.

Wayne Lawrence (47.15) also advanced as well as Javon Francis, who is recovering from injury, but was fit enough to finish second in 47.36s.

Jamaica’s national record holder Rusheen McDonald eased to 46.67 to win in his heat to advance along with Demish Gaye 46.77.

2018 World U20 bronze medallist Chantz Sawyers also did not show up for the heats.

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