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Fast starting Harrigan-Scott misses out on semi-final place in Rio

Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott finished in a non-advancing time of 11.54 to place 6th in her heats at the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016. Photo: Provided
Harrigan-Scott (right) had a brilliant start but was unable to maintain her lead. Photo: Youtube
Harrigan-Scott (right) had a brilliant start but was unable to maintain her lead. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott, running in heat 3, lane 3 of the Women’s 100m Preliminaries at the Rio Olympics on Friday August 12, 2016 finished in a time of 11.54 to place 6th and outside of qualification for the semi finals.

In near perfect cool conditions with hardly any wind at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and with just the top two finishers plus the eight fastest other finishers progressing, Harrigan-Scott got off to a blistering start and was well placed at the 50m mark, but was unable to sustain her position over the last few metres.

The territory’s most successful sprinter had stated that her goal in the first round was to “stay aggressive and execute” and once she did that, she knew her time would “reflect what I am capable of running.”, but unfortunately it was not enough to compete with a strong field in her heat.

Tori Bowie was first across the line in a time of 11.13, whilst Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria was second in a time of 11.16.

Harrigan-Scott placed 37th overall and was the 7th fastest runner from the Caribbean.

The fastest qualifier was Jamaican Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce in a time of 10.96, both Michelle-Lee Ayhe and Semoy Hackett of Trinidad and Tobago qualified in 11.00 and 11.35 respectively, as did Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in 11.21 and Christina Williams in a time of 11.27, but TNT’s Kelly Ann Baptiste missed out on progression with her 4th place finish in Heat 5 in 11.42.

The semi finals are set for Saturday August 13, starting at 8:00 P.M. VI time and the Final just over 30 minutes later.

11 Responses to “Fast starting Harrigan-Scott misses out on semi-final place in Rio”

  • BVISLANDSER TO THE BONE (13/08/2016, 09:31) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    oh well she give it all she had but.....
  • Proud (13/08/2016, 10:26) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    I watched it on tv. She started off so well. She was definitely one of the top contenders in the beginning. She just couldn't maintain the speed plus some of the other women had really long strides. That being said, even the news commenter noticed her. I'm really proud of our athletes this year. Every time they go further and further so I can't wait for 2020.
    • the rock (13/08/2016, 10:56) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      I could agree with u partly, but having longer legs I don't believe is the advantage, I think it's how powerful your legs and shoulders are, look as Shelly Ann Frazier from Jamaica, she is very short just as Tahesia, but her built is way more powerful, so after 50meters, she can finish strong, I believe kim Collins has that same challenge, he always leads every one up to 50meters, then he fades, but all in all, great Job Tahesia, we are proud of you and all u have achieved does far!
  • iseeitall (13/08/2016, 12:28) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    LOL tooo baddddred flagggg
  • vi (13/08/2016, 15:49) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Time to hang up those running shoes. Age is a factor
    • the rock (13/08/2016, 19:35) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes, Tahesia is getting on the the older side, but she is still one of the top Caribbean 100m runners, actually the 7th fastest Caribbean 100m athlete at this time, and lastly we have no one in the BVI that can beat her!
    • me again (14/08/2016, 08:53) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Until the BVI Athletic Association get serious with our young athletes, JA is right there, during the summer they can take a few kids there to train, everbody else doing it, then maybe one day one of them will rise up, Tahesia can still run circles around all of them at her age, maybe she needs to go to JA too and train with them girls for awhile, I see no need for her to stop running, unless her passion for the sport goes, plus if she hang up her shoes, how will the BVI be represented, again we have no one else!
      • Hmm (14/08/2016, 13:11) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        I think we should go a bit further and make it mandatory for every school age child to be in at least one sport/athletic after school curriculum whether it is private or government sponsored. Growing up the only ones who got the attention of the PE teacher or any bit of training were the kids who had "talent", the ones who could run a little faster or jump a little higher. This left everyone else, including the ones with latent potential, out in the cold. I had so many classmates who were chosen and trained and none of them do now. Essentially we take a chance and put all our eggs in one basket and when those talented children grow up to be disinterested adults we're left with very few athletes. There's no reason why we shouldn't be doing relays or biking and maybe even gymnastics. Train every one and the pot will be bigger or at least we'll have a program to fight against or obesity epidemic.
    • @ vi (14/08/2016, 09:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      no she got about another three years Usin is older than her
  • watching (13/08/2016, 18:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to her effort and for being a fine role model for other young people. The news is filled with other less inspiring stories . Well done .
  • what (14/08/2016, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply

    Bull sh*t

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