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Ameer Webb, Shamier Little both reach semifinals at IAAF World Championships.

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LONDON – Two more Aggie alums advanced to the semifinal round of their respective events during Monday’s evening session at the IAAF World Championships held in London Stadium. Ameer Webb finished second in his heat of the 200m while Shamier Little placed third in her heat of the 400m hurdles, both earning automatic qualification.

On Tuesday, Fred Kerley returns to the track as he faces a talented field in the men’s 400m final, racing in lane two at 9:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m. CT). Also in action is Simone Facey during the opening round of the women’s 200m.

Webb cruised to a 20.22 from lane 2 in the opening round of the men’s 200m, automatically qualifying for the semifinal. Webb finished second in his heat behind a 20.16 for Ramil Guliyev of Turkey and ahead of France’s Christophe Lemaitre, who was third in 20.40.

With a random lane draw for the opening round, and the top three finishers in each heat claiming an automatic qualification to the semifinal, a bit of planning was involved when Webb was assigned lane two.

“Running in lane two I had to create my own strategy,” noted Webb. “It was a terrible lane draw. Mentally, I knew where I needed to finish to advance. I established a dominance from the beginning of the race, saw where I was coming off the bend and finished the race well.”

Little, running in lane six, charged through the first half of her 400m hurdle race with precision and made up the stagger on the three hurdlers to her right by the 200m mark and led the rest of the field. Nearing the homestretch, Little clipped the eighth hurdle with the heel of her lead leg and split it in half.

Knocked off-stride, Little managed to clear hurdle nine, but struggled again at hurdle 10 when she chopped her steps. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey won the heat from lane two in 54.92. As Little chopped at hurdle 10, she was passed by Petra Fontanive of Switzerland on the run-in to the finish line. Fontanive finished in 56.13 with Little at 56.18. The top four finishers earned an automatic qualification to the semifinal.

“I’m definitely glad how I set the race up,” said Little, a silver medalist in the 2015 World Championships. “The plan was to set it up and come home smoothly. I had to do a lot more work in the homestretch that wasn’t necessary and it kind of threw me off. I just need to focus more on my finish. I’m excited for what’s to come.”

All four American hurdlers advanced to the semifinal. Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, posted a 54.59 to win the first heat while Kori Carter won the fourth heat in 54.99 and Cassandra Tate placed third in the second heat with a 55.48. Muhammad’s time lead the field overall.

2017 IAAF World Championships – Schedule for Texas A&M Athletes
(London time listed first, followed by Central time)

Tuesday, August 8
7:20 p.m. 1:20 p.m. W 200m Heats Simone Facey
8:35 p.m. 2:35 p.m. W 400H Semi Shamier Little
9:50 p.m. 3:50 p.m. M 400m FINAL Fred Kerley

Wednesday, August 9
8:55 p.m. 2:55 p.m. M 200m Semi Ameer Webb

Thursday, August 10
7:05 p.m. 1:05 p.m. M Javelin Qual A Ioannis Kyriazis
8:35 p.m. 2:35 p.m. M Javelin Qual B Ioannis Kyriazis
9:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. W 200m Semi (Simone Facey)
9:35 p.m. 3:35 p.m. W 400H FINAL (Shamier Little)
9:50 p.m. 3:50 p.m. M 200m FINAL (Ameer Webb)

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Posted by on Aug 7 2017. Filed under Sports.
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