Jamaica’s 4x100-metre relay team at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar, are the quickest through to the final of the event after Friday’s heats.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce looks in ominous shape ahead of the women’s 100-metre semi-finals trotting to a 10.80-second clocking in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Running in heat one, Frazer-Pryce led from start to finish to stay ahead of Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast, who finished in a smart 11.05.

Germany’s Gina Lückenkemper (11.29) locked up the third automatic qualifying spot while Poland’s Ewa Swobada, also 11.29, finished fourth for one of the non-automatic qualifying spot.

There were two other qualifications to the semi-finals for the Jamaicans as Elaine Thompson was fairly comfortable in winning her heat in 11.14 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.21) and the United States’ Morolake Akinosun.

Another Jamaican, Jonielle Smith, is also through to the semi-finals, running 11.20 for third in her heat behind Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 10.96, and the United States’ English Gardner, 11.20.

The Bahamas Tynia Gaither is also through to the final after her 11.24 seconds fourth place in that heat gave her a non-automatic qualification spot.

The Netherlands Dafne Schippers, who has always been there or thereabout, won the final heat in 11.17 seconds, with the United States’ Teahna Daniels (11.20), Gambia’s Gina Bass (11.25) and Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot (11.31) joining her.

Defending champion, Tori Bowie (11.30), has struggled this season but she too is through to the semi-finals after finishing third in a heat won by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (11.17). Xiaojing Liang of China (11.18) was second in that heat, leading until the last 10 metres.

Marie-Josée TA LOU also showed she was in good form, running a personal best to win her heat in a very handsome 10.85. She finished ahead of Daryll Neita of Great Britain ((11.12), Germany’s Tatjana Pinto (11.19), China’s Yongli Wei (11.28), and Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel (11.30), who will all line up in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be back at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics after finishing second at her national trials behind the dominance of Michelle Lee-Ahye.

Lee-Ahye won the 100-metre final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in 11.18 seconds, ahead of Baptiste 11.22.

The times were not very fast and Lee-Ahye pointed to intermittent rain as one of the problems facing the sprinters, but was happy she continued to win in her native country, running to her fourth national title.

Lee-Ahye has been overcoming personal issues with a split from her wife making the news worldwide under the cloud of violence and infedility. 

In addition, the length of the season with the IAAF World Championships of Athletics all the way in September, means running fast now has been difficult.

“For me it is a little difficult because it is a long season and so you’ve got to stretch your programme but this is not too bad right now,” said Lee-Ahye.

Kamaria Durant was good enough for third in the final with her 11.30 seconds, while Semoy Hackett was disappointing in fourth, clocking 11.43 seconds.

One notable absence was Khalifa St Fort, who recently parted ways with her coach, Olympic silver medallist, Ato Boldon.

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