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United States' Kimberlyn Duncan looks at the scoreboard following her Women's 200 meters semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in London Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

A day after Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake came up short in his bid to win a medal at at the world championships, another former LSU sprints star, Kimberlyn Duncan, was sixth in the women’s 200 final Friday in London.

Duncan, a native of Katy, Texas, was a strong second in her semifinal heat Thursday to automatically reach Friday’s final.

Duncan was timed in 22.59 seconds Friday in her first worlds final. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands defended her world title by racing to the gold medal in 22.05 seconds.

Mitchell-Blake finished fourth Thursday night in the men's 200 in his first career world championships final.

It was a successful season nonetheless for Duncan, who finished second at the U.S. championships in June after returning to train with LSU coach Dennis Shaver.

In appearances at nationals in 2015 and ’16, Duncan failed to repeat the success she enjoyed while winning the national 200 title in 2013.

The LSU track and field program will have one more chance to score a medalist at the world championships, which end Sunday. Representing the United States, former Lady Tigers All-American Charlene Lipsey finished third in her semifinal heat of the 800 meters to secure a spot as a timed qualifier for Sunday’s 2:10 p.m. final. Lipsey’s time of 1:59.35 was the fourth-fastest of the 24 runners who lined up for the semifinals.


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