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Jamaica's Whyte mines 200m gold - Wasome secures long jump silver medal

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Jamaica's Natalliah Whyte celebrates after winning the girls 100 metres final at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, yesterday. - Contributed

Natalliah Whyte won Jamaica's third gold medal inside the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at the International Olympic Committee's Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, yesterday, while Obrien Wasome added a silver medal to the overall tally that now stands at four.

Shenice Cohen and Jordan Scott will be looking to add their names to the growing list of Jamaican medallists when they compete in today's women's 400 metre hurdles and men's triple jump finals, respectively.

In the women's 200m final, Whyte clocked 23.55 to win ahead of Ukraine's Dzhois Koba, 23.94, and the United States' Brandee Johnson, 24.28.

Thus, Whyte joined Jaheel Hyde (110m hurdles) and Martin Manley (400m) as Jamaica's gold medallists at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games so far.

Whyte covered the field in the first 100 metres, before exploding off the curve and powering her way to a convincing victory, with her nearest rival several strides in her wake.

In his event, Wasome leapt 7.44 metres for second place in the men's long jump final with Russia's Anatoly Ryapolov, 7.54 metres, breaking the sand at 7.54 metres for the gold medal. China's Peifeng Zhong was third with a mark of 7.37 metres.

Chad Walker was disqualified for a lane violation in the men's 200 metres final, which was won by the United States' Noah Lyles in 20.80 seconds ahead of Baboloki Thebe (Botswana), 21.20 and Chinese Taipei's Chun-Han Yang, 21.31.

Cohan, who was second in her heat earlier this week with a time of 1:00.24, will be looking to earn a podium finish in the women's 400 metres hurdles final set for 6:20 a.m. She has a personal best 59.72 seconds.

The men's triple jump final is set for 6:35 a.m., with Jordan Scott expected to contest for a spot in the top three.