Riley Day (QLD) was the first Australian on the track in the women’s 100m semi-finals yesterday and the pace was on.
As she did in the previous heat, Day was drawn with US sprinter Twanisha Terry. The American broke the championship record with a scorching 11.03 seconds.
Day ran a strong race to finish fifth in 11.67 seconds. It was 0.1 faster than her heat yesterday but still 0.1 short of what was required as a non-auto qualifier.
Speaking after the race yesterday, Day was not disheartened.
“Every race makes you better and better, and it gives you more experience,” she said.
“I knew it was going to be a really tough semi out here tonight…so I tried to give it my all and that’s what I did.
“I’ll come out here tomorrow for the 200m.”
The 18-year-old finished ranked 12th for the 100m, with the 200m heat scheduled for today and the 4x100m tomorrow.
While the race was on, proud grandmother Coral Day was taking part in the Worlds Biggest Morning Tea at Beaudesert Bowls Club, all dressed in pink to help raise funds for the Cancer Council.
Mrs Day took time off the green to check race results and stats on her smart phone.
“We are really proud of Riley,” she said. “She’s done so well.”