Simone Facey had no troubles reaching the semifinals of the 200m at the World Championships in London Tuesday afternoon.
Facey, running for Jamaica, finished second in her heat to earn an automatic spot in Thursday’s semifinals as she pursues her first medal at the Championships.
Facey cruised to a 22.98 behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who won the fourth heat in 22.69. Facey was well ahead of the third place time of 23.24 by Edidiong Ofonime Odiong of Bahrain. All three were automatic qualifiers.
The semifinals are set for Thursday at 9:05 pm in London – 3:05 here locally.
The finals will be Friday.
Facey made the finals of the 200m back in 2009 at the World Championships, placing sixth overall. Prior to this year, it was her only race in the Championships.
She ran in the Olympics last year, making it to the semifinals but just missing the finals and a shot at a medal.
Edward misses 200m semifinals; Facey, Harris exit in semis
Alonso Edward ran his season best Monday evening in London at the World Track and Field Championships. Unfortunately for the former Cougar and former World Championships silver medalist, it was not enough to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Edward ran a 20.61 to finish fourth in the third heat. The top three automatically earn a spot in the semifinals. The third place time was 20.52. In addition to the top three in each heat, the next three fastest times also earn a spot. The third and final at large time was 20.54.
Sunday also marked the end of the World Championships for Aleec Harris. The USA champion in the 110m hurdles, Harris wasn’t able to reach the finals at the World Championships.
Harris finished fourth in his heat in the first round, running a 13.50 to earn a spot in the semifinals. But in the semifinals Harris wasn’t able to finish among the top eight.
The former Cougar ran a 13.40 in the first heat, finishing sixth. He would have needed to run a 13.23 to make the finals.
Omar McLeod of Jamaica won the 110m hurdle finals with a time of 13.04 Monday night. Aries Merritt was the only US runner in the finals, taking sixth in 13.31.
Simone Facey was also eliminated from the women’s 100m on Sunday.
Facey had made the semifinals of the event Saturday but in her semifinal heat Sunday, Facey ran an 11.23, placing sixth in the first heat. The final time to qualify for the finals was an 11.07.
Tori Bowe of the United States eventually won the gold medal in the race in 10.85.