Sprinter Chambers, long jumper Wasome advance to finals
SPRINTER Raheem Chambers and long jumper Obrien Wasome qualified for the A final in their respective events on yesterday's second day of track and field competition at the 2nd IOC Youth Olympics being held in Nanjing, China.
Chambers, who won a bronze medal with the Jamaican 4x100m team at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon last month, won his heat in 10.68 seconds (-0.5m/s wind), beating Kuwait's Meshaal Almutairi (10.82 seconds) and Gambia's Alieu Joof (11.00 seconds).
His has the fourth fastest time going into Sunday's final behind Australia's Trae Williams, who ran a personal best 10.51 seconds, Zambia's Sydney Siame (10.58 seconds) and Japan's Kenta Oshima (10.62 seconds).
After fouling his first two attempts, Wasome managed 6.97m (-0.1m/s) on his third attempt, then finished strong with a 7.13m (0.2m/s) effort to go into the final ranked seventh.
Female sprinter Shanice Reid will contest the B finals on Sunday after she placed third in her preliminary heat, running 11.86 seconds (0.0m/s). Poland's Ewa Swoboda won with 11.30 seconds and Cyprus' Paraskevi Andreuo was second in 11.65 seconds, both personal bests.
Four other athletes will start their campaign on today's final day of qualifying. Chad Walker will start as favourite to advance in the men's 200m, while World Junior Championships 200m finalist Natalliah Whyte should also qualify for the final.
Jordan Scott will compete in the triple jump, while Chenice Cohen will line up in the women's 400m hurdles first round.
Meanwhile, the men's beach volleyball team of Rojay Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan finally won a set but went down 1-2 to New Zealand in their fourth straight pool loss.
They lost the first set 21-19, but rallied to win the second 21-19 before losing 9-16 in the tie-break third set.
Jamaica's participation in the swimming programme ends today with Timothy Wynter taking part in 200m backstroke event, his third event of the Games.