Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Disappointing end for Jamaica at World Indoors

Disappointing end for Jamaica at World Indoors

Ronald Levy advanced to tomorrow's semi-finals of the men's 60 metre hurdles at the 17th IAAF World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham in England after placing second in his first round heat today.

"It means the world".

"It's been a long day, five events in one day is something I haven't done for a long time".

The pair also face competition from Austria's Ivona Dadic, with the 24-year-old just a point behind Johnson-Thompson in third. It is something I have been trying to do since 2012 when I stepped onto the global scene.

Recently, the World Indoor Championships or the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Indoor Championships started on 1 March and will last till 4 March 2018 in Birmingham.

There is no doubting that Johnson-Thompson was helped in Birmingham by facing none of the medallists from last year's world championships in London. I have a busy year and this gives me confidence and belief going to the Commonwealth Games that I can compete at a certain level and come away with a medal and not screw it up.

So often, Irish athletes have arrived on a stage like this only to loiter in the shadows, little more than spectators with an access-all-areas pass, but Healy stamped her authority on the show from the moment the gun fired.

Rodriguez, 23, won World Junior Championship gold in heptathlon in 2012 at the same championships where Johnson-Thompson took gold in long jump.

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KJT came into her own in the high jump which she won with 1.91m to move into the lead with 2167 from Bougard with 2154 before what was always going to be a pivotal discipline: the shot put.

This success serves as vindication of Johnson-Thompson's bold decision 16 months ago to leave home in Liverpool to train in Montpellier with a new coach, Bertrand Valcin.

The UCD athlete, a bronze medal victor over 1,500 at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam in 2016, stated: "I'm disappointed but I know I'm running better than that". "It's very lonely out in France. There's the language barrier but it's worth it for this".

Levy, who has the fifth fastest time in the world this year, advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.65 seconds, which was won by Saudi Arabia's Ahmad Kh.

Earlier in the evening there was a surprise in the men's long jump as the 19-year-old Cuban Miguel Echevarria took gold with a leap of 8.46m.

She later produced a courageous run from lane 1 to finish third in her semi-final in 53.26 seconds, but unfortunately failed to make the final of the event.

Kszczot already had silver and bronze medals for the event, coming second at the World Indoor Athletics Championship in Sopot in 2014 and third in Doha in 2010.

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