CNMI sprinter Rachel Abrams competes in the 2012 IAFF World Junior Championships today at the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys de Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain.
Abrams is entered in the 100m run and is on Heat 2, joining eight other runners. Her qualifying heat starts at 5:12pm Tuesday Barcelona time (1:12am Wednesday on Saipan). The CNMI runner will be racing against Brazil's Tamiris De Liz, who holds the fastest personal best time in the group at 11.43 seconds. Completing the heat are Saint Kitts and Nevis' Brittany Morton (11.90 seconds), Trinidad and Tobago's Aaliyah Telesford (11.70 seconds), Nigeria's Goodness Thomas (11.90 seconds), San Marino's Alice Capicchioni, Bahamas' Tayla Carter (11.72 seconds), and Jamaica's Shawnette Lewin (11.52 seconds).
Abrams' PB was not posted on the start list, but she recorded 13.01 seconds in the finals of the U20 100m race in the Oceania Regional Championships 2012 held at the Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia last month. She qualified in the finals in the Land Down Under after finishing fourth in her heat with a time of 13.09 seconds and beating runners from Guam, Tonga, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.
The times of the 17-year-old runner in the Oceania championships both eclipsed the 13.40 seconds she recorded in the 100m run in the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.
In Spain, only the Top 3 placers in each heat and the Top 3 best times in all seven heats will qualify to the next round.
Bahamas' Anthonique Strachan of Heat 7 holds the fastest PB time among the 56 runners competing in the 100m race with her 11.22 seconds, followed by the U.S.' and Heat 5's Dezerea Bryant (11.29 second) and Turkey and Heat 1's Nimet Karakus (11.33 seconds).
Marlies Oelsner of the then East Germany owns the best IAAF World Junior time at 10.88 seconds, which she logged on July 1, 1977 during a competition in Dresden. The IAAF World Junior Championships record in the women's 100m run belongs to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, who timed in at 11.12 seconds during the tournament in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 18, 2000.