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Porter qualifies for high jump final

PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 13, 2012 | 10:27 AM    

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BARCELONA, Spain - Chanice Porter qualified for her second final at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain this morning after she advanced in the high jump from the preliminaries.

Porter, the IAAF World Youth Championships gold medalist, who will compete in the long jump final later this afternoon, cleared 1.82m, just short of the 1,84m automatic qualification mark but good enough to get her into Sunday afternoon's final where she will be joined by St Lucia’s Jeanelle Scheper whose 1.85m mark was the lowest of the 12 finalists.

After three days of blistering hot days, today's start was overcast and windy but later cleared up. The last two evenings have been cool as well a change from the heat of the entire first day’s proceedings.

Porter, who won both events at the ISSA Girls Champs with personal best marks of 6.52m and 1.86m in the long and high jumps respectively, had won gold in the long jump and bronze in the high jump at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France last year.

National Junior Record holder Kimberley Williamson however could only clear 1.70m and failed to advance.

Discus thrower Tarasue Barnett also had an off day and could only reach 42.06m in her preliminary finishing well down the ladder in 15th place in her group.

Both female sprint hurdlers Samantha Scarlett who ran a personal best 13.62 seconds for third in her first round heat and Chrisdale McCarthy who ran 13.68 seconds for second place in her heat, both advanced to tomorrow's semi-final.

Meanwhile in addition to five finals set for later today in the afternoon session, the sprint relays teams will make their first appearances in the first round.

Up to this morning however, the Jamaican staff was not able to say who would run on either teams.

Last night head coach Michael Dyke told the Jamaica Observer they were still working out some combination and given they had up to an hour before the race to declare their team, they would not be making any decisions yet.

It is certain that Julian Forte, who will run in the 200m final, will not be used on the men’s team while Shericka Jackson who is in the women's 200m finals will sit out as well.

Jamaican athletes are in five finals later today as Javarn Gallimore will contest the 400m hurdles final while Olivia James and Chrissann Gordon are both in the women's 400m finals, their second straight global finals after both ran in the IAAF World Youth finals last year where James won the bronze.

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