Shane leads team to Qatar championships

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Golden boy Shane Brathwaite will spearhead a four-member Barbados team for the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, from September 27 to October 6.

Fresh from capturing gold at last month’s Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, Brathwaite, 29, will compete in the 110 metres hurdles.

In Lima, Brathwaite raced to a season’s best 13.31 secs. The qualifying standard is 13.46 secs.

Brathwaite has an impressive global record but is still without a World Championship medal. The former St James Secondary student took bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014, bronze at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, in 2015, and double gold at last year’s Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

He will be joined in Qatar by Sada Williams, Tia Adana Belle and Mario Burke.

Williams will compete in the women’s 400 metres. She qualified with a season’s best performance of 51.48 secs in Barbados on June 22. The qualifying standard is 51.80. 

Belle will race in the 400 hurdles. Her qualifying performance and season’s best is 54.18 secs on March 28 in Gainesville, Florida. The qualifying standard is 56.00.

Burke, 22, Barbados’ fastest man, will know he has to produce another sub-10 second clocking if he is to reach the final of the 100 metres. The former Harrisonian, who is based at the University of Houston in Texas, has a season and personal best time of 9.98 secs, done on June 5 in Austin. The qualifying standard is 10.10.

Two other athletes, national record holder for the 400 metres, Jonathan Jones, and sprint hurdler Greggmar Swift, also achieved qualifying performances but are unavailable for the World Championships.

The athletes will be accompanied by Alwyn Babb, manager/coach, and Chalise Jordan, sports therapist, and arrived in Doha on September 23.

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