Defending champ Danielle Williams leads J'can quartet to women's 100mH semis

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Defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica is second on the list of first round qualifiers with 12.66 seconds behind the world record holder from the United States, Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.60s at the IAAF World Championships in London this morning.

Australia's Sally Pearson, Olympic champion here five years ago, underlined her status as a medal contender after two miserable years of injury problems, progressing to this afternoon's semi finals as the third swiftest runner with a time of 12.72s, just 0.02s ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz.

Jamaica's other three athletes -- Meagan Simmonds, Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton -- are also through to the next round, having clocked 12.78s, 12.88s and 12.94s, respectively.