ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua & Barbuda’s Daniel “Bakka” Bailey finished a disappointing fifth in heat three of the men’s 100 meters semifinals as he failed in his bid to qualify for the finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
Bailey clocked 10.22 seconds in the high profile semifinal heat which saw Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole cruising to victory in a time of 10 seconds flat.
Antoine Adams of St Kitts & Nevis was the other athlete to qualify from heat three, running a time of 10.18. Trinidad & Tobago’s Richard Thompson barely missed qualifying with 10.19 while Akani Simbine of South Africa clocked 10.21 to finish just ahead of Bailey.
England’s Adam Gemili (10.01) and Jamaica’s Jason Livermore (10.11) advanced from the second semifinal while Bahamas’ Warren Fraser (10.21) and Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade (10.21) both qualified from heat one.
Antigua & Barbuda will now turn its attention to the 4X100 meters relay, and according to coach, Everton “Mano” Cornelius, the team is yet to be finalised.
“On that day we will make up our minds what the relay team will be, and if they are running twice, we have five athletes so we can enter five names and we can switch it up as we see fit, as we go along so we still have a lot of time to do that (finalise the team),” he said.
Cornelius went on to add that the country’s success in the relays will depend on a number of factors.
“Everything in track & field depends on the given day so it’s not about what you ran yesterday but about what’s going to happen when you get to the start-line. The first thing we will have to do is complete the relay as far as I am concerned because sometimes the best don’t even complete the relay, but I think we stand a pretty good chance, all goes well, that we can advance and even get into the final,” the coach said.