Pleasantville graduate Nia Ali easily won her heat in the 100-meter high hurdles Saturday at the IAAF World Championships.
Ali ran 12.59 at Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, to automatically advance to the semifinals on Sunday afternoon. The first four in each of five heats and the new four-fastest advanced. Second place in Ali’s heat was Jamaican Megan Tapper, well back in 12.78.
Even unpressed, Ali posted the fourth-fastest time in Saturday’s heats, behind Gobi Amusan of Nigeria (PR 12.48), Jamaican Danielle Williams (12.51) and American Kendra Harrison (12.55).
Ali will race in lane 7 Sunday in the first of three semifinal races. The first two in each heat and the next two will race in an eight-lane final at 1:50 p.m. EST Sunday, the final individual event of the 10-day meet.
Ali ran within 4-100ths of a second of her season best of 12.55, which she ran into a 1.2-meters-per-second wind when she placed second at the U.S. Championships at Drake University in Des Moines in July.
Her PR is 12.48 from USATF Nationals in Des Moines in 2013.
Ali won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a time of 12.59