It came down to the wire for Leevan Sands and on to the finals for Alonso Edward.
No finals took place on day five for former Barton Community College track and field stars but all four advanced in their respective event. Sands and Edward moved into the finals of the men’s triple jump and men’s 200m. Veronica Campbell-Brown (women’s 200m) and Aleec Harris (men’s 110m hurdles) both moved into the semifinals of their events.
For Sands, a former Olympic medalist on his road to recovery, it doesn’t get more down to the wire.
Sands, jumping for the Bahamas, advanced to the finals of the triple jump on his third and final attempt of the second group.
Sands jumped 54-5.5 on his opening jump then improved to 54-9.25 on his second jump. That distance, however, had him sitting in 14th with 12 making the finals.
At the time Marquis Dendy of the United States had the final spot at 54-10.75. The jumper between them in the 13th spot was Deokhyeon Kim of Korea and he was done at 54-10.25 after jumping in the opening group.
On his final jump Sands matched the effort of Dendy at 54-10.75. Then he had to sit and wait until Dendy’s final jump. Dendy was the last jumper in the group with a 57-5 qualifying mark heading into the World Championships.
The situation was simple. The tiebreaker was the second longest and Sands currently had that with his 54.9.25. So Dendy needed a mark better than 54.9.25 to move into the finals. He jumped 53-6.5 and Sands had his spot in today’s finals after the last jump of the day.
Edward earned one of the two automatic spots in the second semi-final heat. Edward, running for Panama, edged out Qatar’s Femi Ogunode for that second automatic spot. Edward ran a 20.02 to best the 20.05 of Ogunode. Justin Gatlin of the US won the heat with a 19.87 – the best time of the semifinals. Ogundoe ended up getting one of the two non-automatic spots.
Edward’s time was the fourth fastest on the day. Usain Bolt of Jamaica ran a 19.95 in the final heat and Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa ran 20.01 in that heat as well.
However Edward did not get a great draw, getting lane 9 for today’s final. In the 2011 World Championships Edward finished runner-up to Bolt.
Campbell-Brown had an easy day of it coasting to a win during her heat of the 200m. She ran a 22.79 to win the fifth heat of the first round. The 2-time Olympic Gold medal winner from Jamaica turned in the seventh best time of the opening round.
She actually drifted into the next lane after running the curve but since she was far enough ahead of the runner in that lane and didn’t impede her progress, Campbell-Brown was not disqualified.
Campbell-Brown will return to the track today for the semifinals. She will run in lane four of the third and final heat of the semifinals. The finals will take place Friday.
Harris moved into the semifinals as well in the 110m hurdles. Running in the fourth heat Harris edged Greggmar Swift of Barbados for third with a 13.41. The top four in each heat moved into the semifinals along with the next four fastest times.
Harris will draw lane 8 of the first heat of the semifinals today. The top two in each of the three heats and the next two fastest times will advance to Friday’s final.