Jonathan Farinha carried Trinidad and Tobago’s backing for a first medal in the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Oregon, USA last night but the TT lad finished eighth and last in the final of the Boys 100 metres.
Farinha who emerged out of Tuesday’s preliminary round to reach the semifinal, also contested yesterday, failed to repeat his semifinal second-place finish and was left counting himself as the eighth best junior sprinter at the championships.
Americans Kendall Williams and Trayvon Bromell made a one-two finish and Japanese Yoshihide Kiryu was third in what was the Championships’ last event last night on the Hayward Field in Oregon.
Trinidad and Tobago hold two more medal-winning shots today through 400-metre finalist Machel Cedenio and 110-metre hurdler Ruebin Walters.
Cedenio, the leading junior at the distance in the world this year with a 45.23 time, was a comfortable winner of his 400 semifinal yesterday and heads into the final with the fastest pre-final time recorded of 45.90 seconds. American Tyler Brown at 45.97 is next best.
Walters meanwhile contests today’s final of the 110-metre hurdles after finishing 4th in his semifinal Heat 2 in a time of 13.61 which was one of the two fastest times outside the first and second place finishers in the three semifinal heats.
Walters’ semifinal heat proved to be the fastest as the third place finisher in his heat also made it to today’s final.
Also yesterday TT’s 100-metre sprinters Aaliyah Telesford and Zakiya Denoon finished identical 7th in their respective girls semifinal heats and could not have made it to the final won by Dina Asher-Smith of the United Kingdom in 11.23 seconds with Ecuadorean Angela Tenorino second and American Kaylin Whitney third. No Caribbean athlete reached the final.
Today, third day of the Championships sees Farinha contesting the 200 metres for boys, Kayelle Clarke the girls 200 metres, both aiming to reach the semifinals which are also on today’s schedule.
Farinha runs from Lane 7 in Heat 6 of the seven Heats while Clarke has a Lane 3 assignment in Heat 3 of the seven heats.