Watson mined silver at Youth Olympics


October 17, 2018

Petersfield High School Antonio Watson won Jamaica's second medal at the Youth Olympics on the final day of athletics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday.

Watson, competing in the men's 200m, was awarded the silver medal although he finished third in the final race in 21.01 seconds as his combined times in stages one and two of the event placed him second overall.

The event was won by Qatar's Abdelaziz Mohamed, who pulled off a lifetime best performance in the final race with his 20.68 seconds effort. Brazil's Lucas Conceicao Vilar finished second in the final race with 20.99, but had to settle for the bronze medal as Watson had competed better over both stages.


Watson, who is the World Youth champion in the 400m, expressed disappointment at not winning the gold medal.

"It is disappointed not to win the gold knowing that I am the World Youth champion (in the 400m). I wanted to come here and get the gold medal," Watson explained. "I was pleased with how I ran the race. It is now the background season for us in Jamaica and to come out here and run 21.0 in the 200m at this time of the year, it is a great feeling."

Excelsior High School Ackera Nugent won Jamaica's other medal in the women's 100m hurdles. She was placed third in the event after stages one and two.

In stage two, she produced 12. 96 seconds to finish second behind American Grace Stark, who won the race in 12.83 seconds and also took the gold medal.

Sophie White of Australia produced 13.01 for third in the final race, but was awarded the silver medal over Nugent based on combined times over the two stages of the event.

Jamaica's all-time medal count at the games has now climbed to eight. In the inaugural competition in 2010, Jamaica won one gold medal and grabbed five medals fours ago, three of which were gold medals.

- A.M.

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