Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021. 9:46 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Shaun Gill ran the 100m in 10.88 seconds on Friday night (Saturday morning in Japan) finishing in 5th place in the first preliminary heat at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
That was Belize’s first participation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Ngoni Nakusha of Zimbabwe won the heat in 10.32.
Gill was faster than four other runners but didn’t qualify to the next round.
Only the first three from each heat plus the next fastest advanced to Round 1.
Gill’s best time is 10.57 seconds. His best time this year is 10.76.
Jamaican Usain Bolt holds both World (9.58) and Olympic (9.63) records in the 100m.
Belize’s other participant in Athletics, Samantha Dirks, runs the 400m as 6:45 pm on Monday, August 2, at 6:45 pm (Tuesday, August 3, 9:45 am, Japan). The starting lists have not been published yet but there will be six heats which start between 6:45-7:25 pm.
In canoeing, Amado Cruz will compete in two canoeing events.
His first event is Sunday, August 1, in the K1 1,000m (Heat 4) at 7:45 pm (Monday, August 2, at 10:45 am Japan) against four other competitors.
27 athletes are participating in five heats.
His second event, the K1 200m (Heat 5), is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3 at 6:58 pm (Wednesday, August 4, 9:58 am Japan) against four other competitors.
25 athletes are participating in five heats.
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