BEIJING, CHINA - English Gardner and Jasmine Todd advanced to tomorrow evening’s semifinals in the women’s 100 meters at the World Championships on Sunday morning in Beijing.
Gardner was second in her heat after shutting it down a few meters from the finish, clocking 11.16. Todd shook off a poor start and finished third in her heat in 11.29. Tori Bowie of the U.S. and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica both ran 10.88 to post the fastest time of the day.
Gardner got off to her usual quick start, but looked a little unsure how much to press the pedal in her race. Later, she said, “I was kind of a loose cannon in 2013 in Moscow,” when she ran very fast times in the early rounds. “I wanted to be a little more mature today.”
Todd admitted that her start is a work in progress, saying, “It’s always been a not so great part of my race . . . but my finish is really good.”
Brianne Theisen-Eaton closed the gap on heptathlon leader Jessica Ennis-Hill, but remained 94 points behind going into the last event – the 800 meters – which will be held in the evening session. Theisen-Eaton was in third, just eight points out of first.