Francis, Parchment clinch spots in final – Stabroek News

GOLD COAST, Australia, CMC – Jamaican Javon Francis clocked a season-best time to lead five Caribbean qualifiers into the final of the men’s 400 metres at the Commonwealth Games here yesterday.

The 23-year-old, a semi-finalist at Rio 2016 Olympics, posted 45.38 seconds in finishing second in semi-final one won by Isaac Makwala of Botswana in 45 seconds flat at Carrara Stadium.

Grenadian Bralon Taplin also extended his impressive form, winning semi-final two in a time of 45.44 to clinch his place in today’s final.

The 25-year-old was joined by Jamaican Demish Gayle who finished outside the automatic qualifiers but advanced based on his time of 45.85.

Jamaican Rusheen McDonald also secured his chance at gold when he came home second in the last semi-final in 45.77.

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