Running in Heat 6 out of Lane 2, Brathwaite placed second in 6.66 seconds, behind Guyanese Travis Collins (6.66 secs), to automatically qualify for the semi-finals.
Brathwaite’s Personal Best in the 60M is 6.52 seconds.
It would; however, be the one and only appearance for Brathwaite at the Championships, as he was missing from the semi-final races.
Brathwaite’s mother, Ayana S. Hull later later posted on Facebook that Brathwaite had related of hamstring concerns and the decision was made to take the side of caution and have Brathwaite discontinue competing in Serbia.
“During his qualifying heat for the semifinals in the 60m this morning, Rikkoi felt some slight discomfort in his hamstring (“at about the 30 metre mark” he said). Although he finished the race and still qualified to the semifinals, a decision was made to pull him from the remainder of the competition.”
Hull added that the decision brings an end to Brathwaite’s indoor season. “Needless to say, he is heartbroken and sad but it’s for the best and to ensure he gets and remains healthy for the long outdoor season ahead.”
Meanwhile, the Men’s 60m final was won by Italy’s Lamont Marcel Jacobs Jr, who became the first Olympic 100m Champion to win the World Indoor 60m crown.
The 27-year-old did it in dramatic style, drawing on all of the strength, speed endurance, and killer long jumper’s stride that took him to surprise Olympic gold in Tokyo in 9.80 to catch the US pair and defending champion Christian Coleman and Marvin Bracy and snatch victory on the dip by the slenderest of margins in a European record of 6.41.
Both men were timed at 6.41, a world lead, and the margin was a mere 0.003 – 6.407 to 6.410, with Bracy taking bronze in 6.44, a lifetime best.