Overseas-based Baird advances to 400m semis as James’ journey ends
- Baird can be the one to medal for Guyana
By Juanita Hooper
Overseas based quarter-miler Kadeacia Baird yesterday morning qualified for the Women’s 400 meters semifinals after failing to meet the criteria for the Women’s 100m, an unusual event for her while her team mate, local 400 meters sprinter, Stephan James patterned after her in the 100m as he failed to reach the finals in his pet event at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Baird running heat five out of lane six at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium at the Championships clocked 53.29 seconds to finish second behind Jamaica’s Chrisann Gordon who registered 52.99 seconds from lane four.
Baird stating in one of the dailies that the 100 meters was more of an experiment for her completed the race in a time of 12.24 seconds to finish at seventh place after registering 11.72 seconds in the preliminary round on the opening day.
Baird’s heat (2) was won in a time of 11.68 seconds by Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas.
The former Royal Youth Movement athlete will be looking to book her spot for the 400m finals today. Baird’s 400m semi-finals heat will open the day of events. The athlete who has a personal best time of 52.14 seconds is scheduled to run in lane 4 at 20:35 hrs (Barcelona time).
Despite not qualifying for the finals of the Men’s 400m, Running Brave athlete James achieved one of his goals, breaking the 47 seconds barrier, his coach Julian Edmonds mentioned in an interview. James yesterday afternoon registered 47.35 seconds in his semi-finals heat; his performance was not good enough for the finals.
The race (heats) was won by USA’s Arman Hall in 46.42 seconds.
James however on the opening day of the Championships fulfilled his goals when he attained a new personal best time and shattered the National Junior Record in 46.99 seconds. The record, 47.26 seconds (recorded in Trinidad and Tobago) was held by Tia Payne.