Tokyo Olympics: Jodie Williams sails through 400m heat to book her place in the semi-finals


Jodie Williams sails through 400m heat to book her place in the semi-finals with confident run… but Team GB team-mate Nicole Yeargin is DISQUALIFIED after lane infringement in heartbreak for British star

Britain’s Jodie Williams has advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s 400 metres in Tokyo after sailing through her heat on Tuesday. 

The 27-year-old enters these Olympics in buoyant mood having taken bronze in the European Indoor Championships this year, and looked confident with a 50.99 second time to finish ahead of Quanera Hayes. 

She had been joined by fellow Team GB star Nicole Yeargin who finished third in her heat. 

However, the Scot was disqualified due to two separate lane infringements in a hugely disappointing result for the 23-year-old. She could still appeal the outcome.

Meanwhile, Ama Pipi faced a nervous wait to find out if she is best of the rest after finishing fourth. The 25-year-old’s fate was sealed after the fourth and final heat and her time was good enough to advance.

For Williams, she revealed that the added pressure of an Olympic Games brings the best out of her performances.

‘I like to get things done under pressure, that’s my favourite place to get things done,’ she told the BBC. ‘I like to learn on the go. Super young in this event, I’ve been doing it for all of eight months. It’s good fun, I’m enjoying it.

‘I’m here to compete seriously, I’m not just taking up a lane. That’s my mentality – win every round.’ 

Fans came together on Twitter to share their confusion as to why Yeargin – whose personal best in 400m is 50.96 seconds – was disqualified from the competition. 

Team GB fans were puzzled as to why Yeargin was ultimately disqualified from the competition

Team GB fans were puzzled as to why Yeargin was ultimately disqualified from the competition

Before she learnt of her disqualification, Yeargin had said her strong performance was a relief after an anxious wait in Tokyo.

‘A little bit of a weight off my shoulders, the first one down is always the most nerve-wracking so I’m ready for the second race,’ she told the BBC.

‘It’s been good to be here! You could think, “wow, it’s the Olympics,” but once you start running it’s a normal track meet.’ 

More to follow. 

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