Russell, Watson secure Jamaica gold


July 15, 2017
Antonio Watson

Jamaica won two gold medals on day three of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday.

Dejour Russell of Calabar solidified his favourite status with a win in the boys 110 metre hurdles in a new championship record 13.04 seconds.

He won ahead of Chinese Taipei's Hao-Hua Lu in 13.41 and France's Thomas Wanaverbecq in 13.55.

Antonio Watson ensured Jamaica's third straight gold medal in the men's 400m of the last three World Youth Championships following wins by Martin Manley (2013 Donetsk) and Christopher Taylor (2015 Cali).

The Petersfield athlete powered down the stretch to come from behind and win in a personal best 46.59 followed by Guyana's Daniel Williams in a personal best 46.72 and Colby Jennings of the Turks and Caicos in 46.77. Anthony Cox recorded the same time (46.77) but was credited with fourth.

Shaqueena Foote failed to medal in the women's equivalent as she placed fifth in a time of 54.05.

Barbara Malikova of the Czech Republic was the winner in a personal best time of 52.74 seconds with Mary Moraa of Kenya second in 53.31 and Giovana Dos Santos of Brazil third also in a personal best 53.57.

In the field, Owayne Owens was fifth in the men's triple jump with a best distance of 15.55m in the even won by Cuba's Jordan Diaz with a hop, step, and jump of 17.30 metres. Janique Burgher finished eighth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.75 metres.

Yaroslava Mahuchina of the Ukraine was the winner with a championship record height of 1.92 metres.