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Murphy, Skeen through to World Juniors 100m final

BY PAUL REID Observer writer Reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 2:48 PM    

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BARCELONA, Spain — For the first time since 2008 in Poland, Jamaica will have two representatives in the men’s 100m final of the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Jazeel Murphy and Odean Skeen both qualified for the final set to be run at 9:45pm local time (2:45pm Jamaica time) at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium in Barcelona.

Murphy ran a new personal best 10.25 seconds, breaking the 10.27 seconds he ran to win at CARIFTA 2011 for second in his semi-finals heat, second to the USA’s Tyreek Hill who had the same time.

The Bridgeport student got off to a late start but ran down the leaders before easing through the tape.

Skeen qualified as one of the two fastest losers after running 10.43 seconds for third in his semi-final.

Jamaica’s two representatives in the female 100m and the men’s 110m hurdles all crashed out in their semis-finals.

Shawnette Lewin was fifth in her semis in 12.09 seconds while Monique Spencer was fourth in 11.73 seconds in the 100m.

Stephan Fennell was well placed in his hurdles heat but fell gashing his left palm after his spikes ripped apart while Yannick Hart finished sixth in 13.74 seconds.

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