Kimberlyn Duncan advances to world semifinals

MOSCOW — Former LSU track standout Nickiesha Wilson lined up in her second career World Championships final in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, and departing senior Kimberlyn Duncan advanced to her first international semifinal in the 200-meter dash Thursday at Luzhniki Stadium.

Wilson took eighth place in Thursday’s final with a time of 57.34. The Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova was the only finalist to break 53 seconds, racing to the top time in the world (52.83) this year to claim the gold medal. Americans’ Dalilah Muhammad (54.09) and Lashinda Demus (54.27) took the silver and bronze.

It marked the second time in her career that Wilson has lined up in the final of the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics as she earned a fourth-place finish in her championship debut in 2007 as a sophomore at LSU.

Duncan advanced to the 200-meter semifinals, winning the first of seven heats with her time of 22.84. She returned to claim third place in the second semifinal heat with the 13th-fastest time of the round at 22.91. Reigning Olympic champion Allyson Felix (22.30) of the United States and Blessing Okagbare (22.39) of Nigeria finished ahead of Duncan.

In qualifying for the women’s 800 meters, Jamaican international Natoya Goule, who finished one second off of her personal best with a time of 2 minutes, 0.93 seconds for sixth place in the first heat. Goule finished 18th in in her World Championships debut.

In Friday’s action, Jamaica’s Damar Forbes competes in the men’s long jump final, former Lady Tiger Rebecca Alexander of the U.S. in the preliminary round of the women’s 4x400-meter relay.