Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson moved into the final of the women’s 400 metres at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday as she finished third in Heat Two of the semi-finals to advance as one of two fastest qualifiers.
With only the first two in each of the three heats automatically earning a spot in the final, Jackson qualified with the fourth-fastest time with 50.10 seconds, which was faster than the winner of Heat Three.
Jackson ran the first 200 metres hard and entered the homestretch slightly ahead, before being passed by the easy-running favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas at the completion of the second bend.
With Jackson tiring, Wadeline Jonathas ran through in the final five metres to take second. Miller-Uibo was timed in 49.66 seconds with Jonathas doing 50.07. Barbados’ Sada Williams was fourth in a personal best of 51.31.
Meanwhile, Aliyah Abrams of Guyana finished fifth in Heat One of the semi-finals and failed to make the final. The race was won by Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain in 49.79, with Phillis Francis of the United States of America finishing second in a season best of 50.22 and Iga Baumgart-Witan of Poland third in 51.02, a personal best.