Two more medals for Jamaica
THE country's junior athletes at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland continued their medal haul on yesterday's fourth day of competition with a silver and bronze medal.
Shannon Kalawan picked up silver in the women's 400 metres hurdles while it was bronze for Nigel Ellis in the men's 200 metres, moving to four Jamaica's medal tally.
Head coach Danny Hawthorne was very pleased with yesterday's performances by the athletes.
"I think today (yesterday ) was a good day for Jamaica although we suffered a slight mishap in the girl's sprint relay but that is now behind us as the team did well," said Hawthorne,
Kalawan, competing out of lane eight, went out hard for the first few hurdles then relaxed a bit a before making a charge late to finish strong for second in a respectable 56.64 seconds, finishing behind the United States, Anna Cockrel who won in a personal best 55.29 seconds.
Canada's Xahria Santiago finished in 56.90 seconds.
"I told myself at the start of the race that they will have to catch me if they can and that is why I went out hard early because I was also in the outside lane and I know the Anna (Cockrel) is a strong finisher so I had to save something in reserve," said Kalawan.
In the final event of the day, Ellis, also drawn in lane eight, came off the curve very fast, second behind the United States', Michael Norman Jr and looked like picking up the silver but was pipped on the line late by South Africa 's Tiotlisa Leoela.
Ellis had to settle for the bronze in 20.63 seconds. Norman won gold in a new Championship record 20.17 seconds with the South African taking silver in 20,59 seconds.
"I am extremely happy for a medal," said Ellis.
Jamaica was involved in another final yesterday, the women's long jump, but Jessica Noble could only managed 12th with a best of 5.82 metres.
Defending 400 metres hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde stayed on course to defend his title after a good showing in his semi-final yesterday to advance to today's final.
Hyde posted the fastest time going into the finals after winning his heat in 49.77 seconds, the only sub 50-second clocking so far at the meet in the event.
"I just came out to qualify for the finals and I didn't run hard as promised as the conditions was very chilly and my legs are burning right now but I can't complain because everybody ran in the same condition," he said.
Despite a personal best of 51.38 seconds to finish third in his semi-final, Timor Barrett failed to advance to the final but was pleased with his performance.
"I am disappointed in not making it to the final but I am pleased in running a personal best,"he said.
It was disappointment for Jamaica in the first event in the evening session, the women's 4x100 metres relay as the quartet of Kimone Shaw, Patrice Moodie, Shellece Clarke, and Veneisha Pusey after winning their heat in 44.63 seconds were disqualified as Shaw on the opening leg was penalised for running inside an inner lane.
The men are through to the finals of the 4x100 metres relay as the quartet of Fabian Hewitt, Raheem Chambers, Jhevaughn Matherson and Hujaye Cornwall finished in 39.80 seconds.
They were promoted to third as winner Brazil, after posting a world leading time of 39.31 seconds was disqualified for a lane violation.
Shanique Wright will be in the final of the women's triple Jump as she qualified from the preliminary round after a mark of 12.74 metres to be the 11th best qualifier.
Sprint hurdlers, Rushelle Burton and Jeanine Williams also qualified to today's second round of the women's 100 metres hurdles in contrasting styles in the heats.
Burton won her heat in 13.39 seconds to qualify eight overall while Williams finished fourth in 13.74 seconds.
Despite season best of 23.85 seconds from Shanice Reid and personal best of 23.96 seconds from Roneisha McGregor, to finish both fourth in their 200 metres semi-finals they both failed to make it to today's finals.