Jamaica end World Under 20 Champs with eight medals

July 25, 2016
@Normal:Jaheel Hyde (right) won gold in the men's 400m hurdles in 49.03 seconds. Taylor McLaughlin of the Untied States (centre) was second in 49.45 with Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, third in 49.56 seconds.<\n>
@Normal:Shannon Kalawan races to silver in the women's 400m hurdles.<\n>
@Normal:(From left) Shannon Kalawan, Tiffany James, Stacy Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield pose with their silver medals after placing second in the women's 4x400m relay final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, yesterday.
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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland:

Jamaica ended yesterday's final day of competition at the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on a high, earning three more medals two silver and one bronze to end the Championships with their best equalling haul of eight.

The Jamaicans finished fifth in the medal table with two gold, three silver, and three bronze, equalling the eight medals - they won in Santiago, Chile, in 2000.

The United States topped the medal table with 21 medals - 11 gold, seven silver, and four bronze, ahead of second-place Kenya with nine five gold, two silver, and two bronze. Ethiopia was third with 10 medals four gold, two silver, and four bronze.

Head coach Danny Hawthorne was extremely pleased with the team's performance.

"The camp leading up to the Championships really played a pivotal role with the overall performance of the team. Also, the coaching and management staff and all the athletes were very disciplined throughout," he said.

"The team started off with many mishaps on the opening day, but they pulled themselves together for the remaining days and the good results in the end showed," he added.

He paid special tribute to the men's 4x400 metres relay team for its bronze medal.

Camperdown High's Rushelle Burton, a World Youth finalist in the women's 100m hurdles in Donetsk, Ukraine in 2013 won a silver medal on the final day.

Entering the final with the fifth fastest time of 13.21 seconds, Burton produced her third personal best of the Championships, holding her form after a good start to finish a close second in a personal-best and national junior record 12.85 seconds.

That time bettered the 12.97 seconds done by Daeshon Gordon last year at the National Junior Championships.

Elvira Herman of Belarus won the gold in a Championship record 12.87 seconds, Tia Jones of the United States finished third in 12.89 seconds.

An emotional Burton was in tears.

"I did not expect this as I was- very nervous at the start of the race and I told myself that I was going to run as hard as I can and hopefully to do a personal best, and I was very anxious overnight. But this is amazing and I am extremely happy," she said.

With gold and bronze in the flat 400m, Jamaica were favourites and the fastest qualifier going into the finals of the women's 4x400m relays.

The team was strengthened when 400 metres hurdles silver medallist Shannon Kalawan replaced Roneish McGregor.

Kalawan led for the Jamaicans, who were drawn in lane four, and she held her own, handing over the baton simultaneously with the American lead-off runner.

James, on the second leg, put Jamaica in front as the United States' Anna Cockrell, the 400m hurdles champion, ran well; but James maintained her lead, giving third-leg runner Stacy Ann Williams a five-metre lead. However, Williams, showing inexperience, instead of running in lane one ran in lane two, allowing the American Kerrington Wynters to pass her after 100 metres.

Williams continued running in lane two for the entire way as the USA stretched the lead giving their anchor-leg runner a healthy lead which was too much for Bromfield.

Jamaica had to settle for silver in a season's best 3:31.02. The United States won in a world- leading 3:29.11. Canada finished third for bronze with 3:32.25.

In the final event of the Championships, the quartet of Anthony Carpenter, Sean Bailey, Terry Thomas, and Christopher Taylor on anchor finished third for the bronze in the men's 4x400m relay in a season best's 3:04.83.

The United States won gold in a world- leading 3:02.39. Botswana were second in 3:02.81.

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