Thompson-Herah, Whyte advance in 200m of CWG
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah. Photo: Naphtali Junior

Fresh from winning the women’s 100-metre gold medal on Wednesday, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah was one of the fastest qualifiers in the first round of the 200 metres Thursday at Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Thompson-Herah won her heat in a wind-aided 22.80 seconds (2.9m/s), while 100 metres finalist Natalliah Whyte also made progress after also winning her heat in 23.61 seconds (0.7m/s).

Nigeria’s Favour Ofili had the fastest time in the first round, running 22.71 seconds (1.3m/s).

Kadrian Goldson, the only Jamaican in the men’s 200m, advanced to the semi-finals after placing second in his first-round heat in 21.19 seconds (0.1m/s) as Jamaica-based Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain led the qualifying with a wind-aided 20.30 seconds (3.4m/s).

Both Jamaican women high jumpers Kimberly Williamson and Lamara Distin advanced to Saturday’s final after both cleared 1.81m in the prelims on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the diving competition at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre, Yona Knight-Wisdom qualified for the 1-metre springboard final after scoring 383.60 points and was fifth in the standings.

His best score came in the third round when he scored 70.40 points with a forward two-and-a-half somersault with a twist in the pike position.

Paul Reid

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