Canada's Charles advances to the women's long jump final

The Canadian Press
8/19/2008 8:00:40 AM
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BEIJING - Canada's Tabia Charles has advanced to the women's long jump final in her Olympic debut.

The 23-year-old from Pickering, Ont., jumped 6.61 metres in the qualifying round Tuesday morning to earn a spot among the top 12 in Friday's final.

"Making it to top 12, oh my goodness, my goal this year was to make it here, so this is amazing to make it to the final," said Charles, who finished ninth overall in qualifying. "I was comfortable with 6.61 metres, I thought that would get me through."

Ruky Abdulai of Coquitlam, B.C., a native of Ghana who obtained her Canadian citizenship in January, jumped 6.41 but didn't advance.

American Brittney Reese had the best jump of the morning at 6.87.

Adrienne Power of Halifax was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the women's 200 metres. The 26-year-old was sixth in her heat in 23.51.

"It's super exciting, you walk into the stadium and it's hard not to be in awe of almost every seat being sat in," Power said. "I sort of zapped when I came in, because hadn't been in the stadium, and walking in the stadium for the first time for the heats (earlier Tuesday), I was completely freaked out."

Russia's Yuliya Chermoshanskaya won the heat in 22.63, while Sherone Simpson of Jamaica ran 22.60 for the fastest time on the night.


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