Budapest 2023: Julien Alfred advances to women’s 200m finals, wins semi-final 

Julien Alfred of Saint Lucia secured her place in the final by winning the semi-final 2/3 in the women's 200m dash at the World Athletics Championship, Budapest. 

Budapest 2023: Julien Alfred advances to women's 200m finals, wins semi-final 
Budapest 2023: Julien Alfred advances to women's 200m finals, wins semi-final 

Castries, Saint Lucia: Julien Alfred of Saint Lucia secured her place in the final by winning the semi-final 2/3 in the women’s 200m dash at the World Athletics Championship, Budapest. 

She crosses the line ahead of Daryll Neita of Great Britain and Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas with a time of 22.30. They all advance to the final. 

Julien Alfred secured a comfortable victory in the Women’s 200m heats. She looked relaxed and focused, a good omen for tomorrow’s semi-finals at 1:54 our time.

The heat and humidity was brutal in both Budapest and Saint Lucia, and it is probably affecting the athletes, as so far, no world records have been broken, even with a prize incentive of US$100,000 for doing so. 

Still there were lots of surprising results and great human interest stories.

Caribbean countries that Ato Boldon referred to as “the dots” did well. Marileidy Paulino of the Dom Rep won gold in the Women’s 400m, and Sada Williams of Barbados won the bronze in the same event. 

Kyron McMaster of the BVI won a silver medal in the Men’s 400m Hurdles, and 6 Caribbean women qualified for the Women’s 200m semi-finals tomorrow.

Julien is in Lane 6 of the second semi-final, which looks like the easiest of the three semis for her. Sha’Carri, Shericka and Marie-Jose, all of whom finished ahead of Julien in the 100M final on Monday, are all in Heat 3 tomorrow, and Gabrielle Thomas, who has the fastest time this year (21.60), is in Heat 1.

Thea Lafond of Dominica won her Group in the Women’s Triple Jump semi-finals with a National Record jump of 14.62, outjumping the iconic Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela in the process. 

The most touching moment of the day, however, came when Nina Kennedy of Australia and Katie Moon of the US Moon, the Olympic champion from the United States, agreed to split the title rather than go for a vault-off after both had cleared 4.90m at the third attempt and failed at 4.95m.

This was a first for Australia’s 26-year-old world bronze medallist, who had set national records at 4.85m and 4.90m, so needless to say she was moved to tears.