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Women's 200 metre heats complete

28 July 2002

The women's 200m heats began in front of a packed house at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Debbie Ferguson

Debbie Ferguson hopes to add the 200m crown to her 100m title

Heat 1 of the women's 200m battle saw success for Jamaica's Juliet Campbell. The runner qualified for the semis in a time of 22.87 seconds. She was closely followed by Joice Maduaka (23.00) who also scooped her season's best time.

Natasha Mayers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, came in third at 23.02 seconds.

Lineo Shoai of Lesotho failed to qualify but did achieve her national record. Similarly, Geraldine Elysee came in seventh but got her personal best time.

Debbie Ferguson, of the Bahamas, had a clear win in heat 2 achieving a time of 23.05 seconds. Jamaican Astia Walker came in second at 23.48, closely followed by Canada's Lamide Oyewumi.

Australia's Lauren Hewitt narrowly beat Cayman Island's Cydonie Mothersille to first place in heat 3. English athlete Emily Freeman claimed third place.

Heat 4 proved a success for Jamaica's Beverley McDonald(23.02). England's Shani Anderson came in second and Zimbabwe's Winneth Dube followed.

Australia's Sharon Cripps qualified as one of the four fastest losers alongside Makelesi of Fiji, Sri Lanka's Damayanthi Darsha, and Nigerian Pauline Ibeagha.

The women's 200m semi-final takes place tomorrow evening at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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