Carlee Beattie
Carlee Beattie Mike Ehrmann

Beattie qualifies for 100m final

CARLEE Beattie has qualified for the final of the T46 100m at the Paralympics in London but will need to run a personal best to win a medal.

The Warwick athlete was fourth in the second heat on Tuesday night (AEST) in 13.16 seconds.

The heat winner was Yanping Wang, of China, in 12.82.

Beijing Paralympics gold medallist Yunidis Castillo, of Cuba, won the first heat in a world record 11.95 and became the first woman to run under 12 seconds in T46 100m.

Long jump gold medallist Nikol Rodomakina was the second fastest going into the first heat with a personal best time of 12.28 and finished second in 12.58.

Beattie was sixth fastest qualifier for the final, just .03 behind Brazil runner Sheila Finder, the oldest in the final at 33.

There was a delayed telecast of the heats on the ABC on Tuesday night and it appeared Beattie could have had a bit in reserve as she hit the line.

She has a personal best of 12.9. Eight of the 13 runners in the heats ran personal best times on Tuesday.

The final is early Thursday (AEST) and Beattie will be aiming for a medal after securing bronze in last year's world championships in Christchurch.

Final field and qualifying times

  • Yunidis Castillo (Cuba) 11.95 seconds, age 25
  • Nikol Rodomakinal (Russia) 12.58, age 19
  • Yanping Wang (Chinal) 12.82 age 18
  • Katarzyna Piekart (Poland), 13.04, age 26
  • Sheila Finder (Brazil) 13.13, age 33
  • Carlee Beattie (Australia) 13.16, age 29
  • Sally Brown (England) 13.67, age 17
  • Styliani Smaragdi (Greece) 13.94, age 17
     

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