Antigua & Barbuda’s Tahir Walsh clocked 10.71 seconds, beating his personal best of 10.76 to finish fourth in the 100 metre finals at the World Youth Olympics at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore on Saturday.
Walsh was the only Antiguan contesting a medal but fell just short of the mark to finish behind winner Odane Skeen of Jamaica who won in a time of 10.42 seconds.
Japan’s Masaki Nashimoto and David Bolarinra both clocked 10.51 to finish second and third, respectively, in the highly anticipated event.
Walsh finished ahead of Thailand’s Jirapong Meenapra and Samuel Tenashe Mutanga who were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Another Antiguan, Jalil Salmon, was fourth in the 400 metre event. Salmon, however, was not contesting a medal as he ran in the non-medalling Group C. The runner clocked a time of 52.58 adrift of winner Omar Ceesay of Gambia who finished in the top spot in a time of 50.07. Luke Greco of Australia and Fousseyni Tamboura of Mali were second and third, respectively.
Kenryca Francis, who contested the Girls’ 3000 metre finals, finished a distant seventh, registering 11 minutes and 11 seconds. The 3000 metre event was won by Jacqueline Murekatete of Rwanda in a time of nine minutes and 55 seconds.
The Antiguan contingent will return from the games this week.