Jamaica Observer / TAMPERE, Finland — A decision will be taken later today whether Jamaica’s runner Shaquena Foote will be able to take her spot in the semis-finals of the women’s 800m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Foote, who won the 400m/800m double at the JAAA National Junior Championships three weeks ago, limped off the track and looked to be in pain after yesterday’s first round and was taken by the team officials to the medical area. News broke this morning, mostly on social media, that the athlete was forced to withdraw from the championships but team officials, physician Dr Lincoln Cox and team manager Ewan Scott told OBSERVER ONLINE during this morning’s session that no decision had been made about her ability to continue or not. Cox said the athlete was in some discomfort when he last saw her on Tuesday evening at the team hotel but no decision had been taken whether she would be withdrawn or not. Scott added that the decision would be made prior to the time for the athletes to report for the event. Foote is set to run in the first of three semi-final heat set for 5:10 pm (local time) while the other Jamaican entry Chrissani May will line up in the third semi-final, set for 5:24pm. Paul Reid