Speed River’s Leger, Best race in world U20 finals

TAMPERE, Finland – Speed River Track and Field Club teammates Kendra Leger and Ashlan Best both reached finals at the world U20 championship meet Sunday.

Leger finished seventh in the women’s 100-metre hurdles final with a time of 13.68 seconds. Tia Jones of the U.S. won in a photo finish with Britany Anderson of Jamaica as both were timed in 13.01 seconds.

Leger gained her berth in the final by finishing third in her semifinal heat Saturday. Top two in each of the three heats moved on to the final along with the next two fastest and both of those two came out of Leger’s heat.

Best finished eighth in the women’s 400 metres final. She was clocked at 53.59 seconds while Hima Das of India won in 51.46.

Best had been second in her heat with a personal best time of 53.24 seconds.

She also competed in the women’s 200 metres, but failed to qualify for the final after finishing third in her semifinal heat in 23.67 seconds. Lorraine Martins of Brazil was slowest qualifier at 23.64 seconds.

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