It was a flawless opening session for In-Site athletes as a trio of international stars progressed safely through the opening rounds of their disciplines on Friday night, on the opening day of the IAAF World Championships in London.
Long jumper Ruswahl Samaai had to wait for his third attempt to secure automatic qualification for Saturday night’s final.
He had no trouble in the end, however, sailing out to 8.14m to book his spot in the medal decider.
“It took me till the third attempt but I can tell you, I needed this lesson to be ready for the final,” Samaai said.
“My last two years were like a rollercoaster. It was all ups and downs, injuries… and it was the injuries that kept me away from medals in the past. Now I am injury free, I feel blessed and I am ready to fly far.”
Middle-distance specialist Caster Semenya also started her campaign in style, finishing second in her 1 500m heat.
Running in cruise control down the home straight, she crossed the line in 4:02.84 to qualify for Saturday’s semifinals.
Sprinter Akani Simbine had a minor scare after taking fourth place in his 100m heat in 10.15, but he was able to breathe a comforting sigh of relief after registering the fastest time of the non-automatic qualifiers.
He will compete in the penultimate round on Saturday evening.