Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.