Ja bag historic steeplechase gold

April 12, 2018
Jamaica's Aisha Praught-Leer celebrates at the medal presentation ceremony after winning gold in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday. Collin Reid/Photographer: Courtesy of Guardian Life, Courts, VMBS, Sports Development Foundation and Alliance Investments.

Jamaica's Aisha Praught-Leer won a historic gold medal in the women's 3000 metres steeplechase final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, yesterday to help lift the island's tally to 12 on day seven of competition.

Praught who became the first Jamaican to win a medal of any colour in the event at the Games, crossed the line in 9:21.00. Kenyans Chepteek Chespol (9:22.61) and Purity Kirui (9:25.74) were second and third, respectively.

"I thought I could do it and I am just so lucky that today was right," Praught-Leer said after her event.

Jamaica won two other medals on the day. Anastasia Le-Roy (personal best 50.57 seconds) and Stephenie McPherson (50.93) took silver and bronze, respectively in the women's 400m final won in 50.15 by Botswana's Amantle Montsho.

Medal Standings (Top 12)

 

G S B Total

1. Australia 57 43 45 145

2. England 25 30 21 76

3. India 12 4 8 24

4. South Africa 10 7 9 26

5. New Zealand 9 10 8 27

6. Canada 8 22 17 47

7. Scotland 7 11 14 32

8. Wales 7 8 8 23

9. Cyprus 5 0 2 7

10. Nigeria 4 4 0 8

11. JAMAICA 3 5 4 12

12. Malaysia 3 3 5 11

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