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Hydel's Lawrence delights with Class One discus gold at Champs

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Shadae Lawrence of Hydel High celebrates winning the girl's Class One discus with a throw of 48.66 metres, at the 2015 GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.

Hydel High School's Shadae Lawrence doubled on her gold- medal repertoire, with another win in the girl's discus, this time in the Class One final, on day two of the Grace Kennedy/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.

It was the Spanish Town-based school's first medal at Champs 2015 so far, and her second in the discus, following a Class Two win last year.

Nineteen-year-old Lawrence's confidence was no doubt a winner, as much as her ability to withstand pressure and outlast her opponents till the end.

"I trained hard and listened to my coach's instructions, as everything I do, I am determined to win," she told The Gleaner.

"I went hard from the start," she continued, as the best of her throws came with a 48.66m season and personal best.

"I competed with them (throwers) at meets," she said of her rivals, "so I knew what they were capable of."

Lawrence said tactical training, especially on speed mastering, helped her enter the competition and defend it "nerve-less".

The Hydel final-year student is now looking forward to the shot put event on Saturday, which she admits is her weakness, but she will seek to contribute points to her school's title chase.

Second in the event was Shanice Love of Excelsior High School, at 48.01m, while Paula-Ann Gayle's 47.84m and Rochelle Frazer's 46.63m for defending champions Edwin Allen, respectively, rounded out the top four spots.