Stephanie-Ann McPherson of Jamaica easily advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s 400 metres at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Monday, as she finished second in Heat Four of the preliminary rounds.
McPherson ran easily during the early stages of the race but turned things up a notch entering the second bend to enter the home stretch in the lead. She was challenged and passed by Galefele Moroko of Botswana, but allowed the African to win the event.
McPherson, having realised that she was well in contention for one of the three automatic spots from the heat that will advance to the semi-finals, just did enough to ensure she finished second.
McPherson clocked 51.21 seconds with Moroko winning in 50.59 as third went to Favour Ofili of Nigeria, who did 51.51 seconds.