Team Bahamas is currently on the hunt for gold at the 2018 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World U20 Championships.
The 12-member roster took to the track July 10 at the Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland, and since that time The Bahamas had three semi-final qualifiers, but just two appearances.
CARIFTA gold medalist Joel Johnson made his presence felt on Day One in the Men’s 100 meters. Johnson competed in Heat Six of six and came away with a qualifying second place finish.
Johnson clocked 10.34 seconds behind Jamaica’s Michael Stephens, who took first place in 10.30 seconds for a personal best (PB) time.
Adrian Curry also competed in the Men’s 100m in Heat One. However, Curry missed out on the semi-final round after he placed sixth in a time of 10.70 seconds.
Johnson automatically moved on to Day Two, July 11, and was expected to compete. However, an apparent injury sustained in his qualifying performance prevented him from competing in that race.
Meanwhile, on Day Two, up-and-coming dynamo Jaida Knowles made an impression in her first global meet. Knowles ran in Heat Five of five of the Women’s 100m and automatically qualified with a third-place finish.
Knowles posted a time of 11.71 seconds.
She finished behind America’s Daija Lampkin (11.44 seconds) and Ireland’s Gina Akpe-Moses (11.58 seconds), respectively.
In the Men’s 110m Hurdles, Oscar Smith made it through to the semi-finals, but had a tough out in his semi-final appearance. Smith tumbled over the first hurdle, which made it difficult to bounce back. However, he eventually finished the race in a time of 15.31 seconds. He finished second in the Heats in a time of 13.79 seconds.
Denvaughn Whymns also competed in the event. Despite not advancing into the semi-final, he did come away with a personal best (PB) time of 13.91 seconds.
Grand Bahamian Corey Sherrod also competed in the Men’s 400m. He finished fourth in his Heat with a time of 48.22 seconds, also missing out on the semi-final round.