Williams lowers NJR, but Thompson 10.89 fastest into 100m final

By June 21, 2019

Briana Williams broke a national junior record for the second time in two weeks but had to play second fiddle to Elaine Thompson in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships in Kingston.

Williams, 17, eased 20m from the tape to clock 11.01s in her heat but finished second to Elaine Thompson who equalled her season-best time of 10.89s.

Williams lowered the national junior record set in New Mexico just over a week ago.

Third in the heat was Natasha Morrison who stopped the clock in 11.23s.

Meanwhile, in the first of the two heats, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised to victory in 10.93s ahead of Jonielle Smith 11.16 and Natalliah Whyte 11.20.

Simone Facey was fourth in 11.34.

The finals are scheduled for 9:00pm (10:00 Eastern Caribbean)

Meanwhile, Yohan Blake, 10.05, was the fastest advancing to the men's final. Waseem Williams was second in that heat in 10.06 while Julian Forte also advanced to the finals with 10.17.

Tyquendo Tracey (10.21), Rasheed Dwyer (10.26) and Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.27) also advanced to the finals set for 9:15 pm. 

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