Rumeshika qualifies for the women’s 200 metres semi-final

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By S.R. Pathiravithana reporting from the Gold Coast  

Twenty-one-year old Rumeshika Kumari Ratnayake did impressively well to be placed 2nd in the Women’s 200metres second heat and qualify for the event’s quarter-final at the Carrara Stadium, at the Gold Coast, here yesterday.   
It was a surprise sprint by the little Lankan lady, as most of the critics expected Hafsatu Kamara of Sierra Leone to make it to the semi-final. Yet, Kumari running down the flank, surprised six other competitors on the track yesterday.  
Ratnayake running lane number eight finished the distance in 23.43 seconds, while Dina Asher-Smith who won the heat had a timing of 23.28seconds.  

The other two competitors to stay in contention in particular event were Maddie Coats who finished with a timing of 23.51 and Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas who finished the distance in 23.52.  

Untitled-7In the event’s heat one Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel finished with a time of 22.72, Shashalee of Jamaica 22.88, Semoy Hacket of Trinidad and Tobago 23.37 and Praise Idamadudu 23.55 qualified.  

In heat 3; Bahama’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo 22.95, Janet Amponsah of Ghana 23.66, Australia’s Riley Day 23.71 and Amy Foster of Northern Ireland 23.94 qualified.  

In the fourth heat Elaina Thomson 23.09 of Jamaica ran in first,while England’s Finette Agyapong 23.15 ran in second. Gambia’s Gina Bass took the third position in 23.24 while the last to qualify was Kai Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago who returned with a time of 23.33.  

However, today Ratynayake would have a tough task making it into the final on Thursday as there were at least three contestants who finished the distance within 22 + seconds.