James gives Jamaica 400m gold
Jamaica got off the mark on the medal table on yesterday’s third day of competition at the World Under 20 Championships picking up gold and bronze in the women’s 400 metres finals through Tiffany James and Junelle Bromfield, respectively.
James, the 2013 World Youth bronze medallist, was the toast of the Jamaican team when she ran a strong race to win in a personal best and world leading 51.32 seconds.
It was also a first for Jamaica getting two medals in the event as Bromfield finished third in 52.05 seconds.
James was elated with the win.
“This was my aim all season and achieving my objectives, I am extremely happy. I worked hard for this and I expected it,” she said.
Dejour Russell, who came into the men’s 110 metres hurdles final as the favourite following his big 13.20 world leading time the previous day in the semi-finals, just missed a medal by finishing fourth in 13.39 seconds.
The United States finished first and second through Marcus Kroh who took gold in a personal best 13.25 seconds with his teammate Amere Latin taking silver in a personal best of 13..30 seconds.
Two other Jamaicans were involved in field events finals yesterday with Campion College’s Jordan Scott finishing sixth in the men’s triple jump with a personal best 16.01 metres. Devia Brown was 11th with a throw of 48.12 metres in the discus.
Shannon Kalawan who went out very hard in her semi-final of the 400 metres hurdles, came back in the end to finish second n 57.62 seconds, while Nicolee Foster failed to move forward after a fifth-place finish in 58.03 seconds.
Nigel Ellis moved forward to today’s finals of the men’s 200 metres after finishing second in his semi-final race in 20.78.
There was disappointment for World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor and Sean Bailey in the 400m semi-finals.
Taylor finished fourth in his heat in 46.60 seconds and just missed the finals by one spot with the ninth overall time. Bailey was sixth in his heat in 47.09 seconds.
Jessica Noble qualified for today’s women’s long jump final after finishing third on her qualifying Group with 6.22 metres.
At the end of yesterday’s third day of competition Jamaica was in eighth place on the medal table.