#RioGoldRush: Thomas falls short of her best in women’s shot put
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Reporter
National women’s shot put champion Danniel Thomas was not at her best, as she failed to progress beyond the opening round of the event today at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 23-year-old, who has a personal best mark of 17.76, which was attained last year, and a season best of 17.60, was below par as she registered marks of 16.70m, 16.43m and 16.99m.
In order to qualify Thomas would have had to throw 18.40m or finish in the top 12.
Defending Olympics champion, Valerie Adams, leads all qualifiers into tonight’s final with a mark of 19.74m.
Danniel Thomas -
Age: 23 years old
High School: Frome Technical High School & Edwin Allen High School
Tertiary Education: Kent State University
Events: Women’s Shot put
Personal Best: 17.76m
She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.
She finished fifth at the 2015 Pan American Games.
Thomas is Jamaica’s national women’s shot put champion.
Thomas is the third woman to represent Jamaica in the shot put at the Olympics following Kim Barrett in 2004 and Zara Northover in 2008.