Samyr Laine (Harvard-Haiti) and Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell-Spain) each advanced out of their preliminary rounds early this morning at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, Russia.
In the triple jump, Laine advanced to the finals with one of the top 12 leaps. His mark of 16.87 meters (55-4; wind +0.4 m/s) was the eighth best mark of the morning. The finals will be held on Sunday at 8:45am EST.
In the 200m, Hortleno-Roig ran a new Spanish national record and personal best of 20.47 seconds (wind +0.0 m/s) in his heat, finishing 2nd behind 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir of Jamaica in his heat. This is Hortlano-Roig’s second Spanish national record as he was a member of the record-setting 4×100 relay that also qualified for the World Championships. The 4×100 preliminary round (8:50am EST) and finals (10:40am EST) will be held on Sunday. The 200m semi-finals will be held later this morning at 11:40am EST – we will update this post once the semis are complete.
UPDATE: Hortlano-Roig finished 5th in his semi-final heat in a time of 20.55 (wind +0.0m/s) and will not advance to the finals. He would have needed to run faster than 20.33 to earn a berth in the finals.
Earlier in this championships, Ashley Higginson (Princeton-USA) competed in the steeplechase preliminary round. She finished as the top American performer with a season’s best of 9:45.78, but in order to qualify for the finals, she needed to have finished faster than 9:42.