Former Lady Tiger Runs in Commonwealth Final
BATON ROUGE – Former Lady Tiger All-American Samantha Henry-Robinson lined up for Jamaica in the women’s 200-meter final during Friday’s action at the 20th Commonwealth Games, and sprinted to the finish line in 23.24 seconds to turn in an eighth-place finish in the event being held at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.
Henry-Robinson earned her lane in the 200-meter final after finishing runner-up in both her qualifying heat in 23.18 (-0.5) on Wednesday and semifinal heat in 23.43 (+0.4) on Friday afternoon.
She then turned in an eighth-place finish with her run of 23.24 (+0.4) in the final to finish just under a second behind Nigeria’s Commonwealth Games Champion Blessing Okagbare. The Nigerian struck gold in 22.25 for the win, while England’s team of Jodie Williams won the silver medal in 22.50 and Bianca Williams won the bronze medal in 22.58 in the 200-meter finals.
Rounding out the field for the 200-meter finals were England’s Anyika Onuora (22.64) in fourth place, Jamaica’s Anneisha McLaughlin (22.68) in fifth place, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert (22.94) in sixth place and Canada’s Kimberly Hyacinthe (23.11) in seventh place overall.
In other action, LSU’s sophomore All-American Chanice Chase did not finish the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles on Friday night after qualifying as the eighth-fastest semifinalist during Tuesday’s prelim. Former Tiger national champion Damar Forbes finished in ninth place overall in the men’s long jump on Wednesday afternoon with his series-best mark of 25 feet, 3 ½ inches on his second jump of the final.