Jamaica’s Michael Stephens clocked a personal best to advance to semi-finals of the Boy’s 100 metres on Day one at the IAAF World U20 Athletics Championships a short while ago.
The Calabar High School standout won the final heat in 10.30 (WIND: +1.1m/s) surpassing his previous best of 10.32 he set at the Camperdown Classics in February.
His time is the 2nd fastest of all qualifiers behind Lalu Muhammad Zohri who clocked the same time to win heat 1.
Stephens got out the blocks fast, powered through and cruised across the line to finish ahead of event favourite Anthony Schwartz who cruised into 3rd in 10.40.
The Bahamas’ Joel Johnson was having a flyer before coming up lame in the final 15 metres grabbing his hamstring. However, he still managed to finish just behind Stephens in 10.34.
Earlier Jamaican national champion Michael Bentley also cruised to the semis finishing 2nd (10.34) in heat 3 behind Great Britain’s Chad Miller, who won in a personal best 10.33.
South Africa’s Thando Dlodlo could only manage 6th in 10.70 and won’t advance. It was a big surprise as Dlodlo was one of the favourites coming in with a season’s best of 10.11, 2nd fastest to Schwartz.
British Virgin Islands’ Rikkoi Brathwaite and Trinidad & Tobago’s Tyrell Edwards also advanced after finishing 4th (10.57) in heat 6 and heat 3 (10.44) respectively. However, Edwards’ compatriot Timothy Frederick missed out after finishing 5th (10.69) in heat 1.