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Prime, Smith into ‘Masters’ 60m finalsTrinidad Express :: 20.03.2017
Defending champion Martin Prime (ZC Athletics) remains on course to successfully defend his 60m crown after he advanced to the final in the men's 50-54 category at this year's World Masters (Over 35) Indoor Track and Field Championships.
In the semi-finals phase (5.58am yesterday T&T time), Prime booked his lane in today's final after he won the first of three semi-final races, in 7.66 seconds. His time was the second fastest behind Francois Bontemps of France, who won his 'semi' heat in 7.44.
Prime earlier advanced to the semis phase after he had won heat seven in the preliminary round in 7.96 seconds, on Sunday night (T&T time). The final was set for last night (9.54am today T&T time). The TSTT employee is listed to start in lane five and will be looking to win back-to-back titles after his triumph at the 2014 World Indoors in Budapest, Hungary, when he bagged gold in a time of 7.44 seconds.
Meanwhile, Raymond Smith (ZC Athletics) also booked a lane in the final of the men's 55-59 60 metres. He sped to 7.83 seconds to take the runner-up place in the second of three semi-finals which took place at around 5:52am yesterday (T&T time). The ex-fireman recorded the fifth-fastest time in the semis and will start in lane two in the final, scheduled for 8.51am (T&T time). In the prelims on Sunday night, Smith won heat one in 7.88, the second quickest of the round.
Prime and Smith will also be action in the 200m heats early tomorrow morning (T&T Time). Smith is up first in the men' 55-59 category, set for 2am. He will start in lane three of heat six, while Prime will do battle in the men's 50-54 division, running in lane six of heat two at 2.40am.
RESULTS: Day Two
Overall: 1st Robert Foster (USA) 7.79, 2nd Wai Ling Kung (Hong Kong) 7.79, 3rd Rudy Kocis (Australia) 7.81, 5th Raymond Smith 7.83
Overall: 1st Francois Bontemps (France) 7.44, 2nd Martin Prime 7.66, 3rd Clinton Aurelien (USA)7.66
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