NACAC gold for Ja triple jumper
Triple jumper Shanieke Thomas gave Jamaica its first medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Championships in Costa Rica yesterday.
Thomas produced a personal best and championships record of 14.23 metres to win the women's triple jump final. The previous record was 13.22m, set by American Tombe Hurd in 2007.
Thomas, a University of West Indies student, could book a ticket for the IAAF World Championships later this month as her winning distance put her past the 14.20m qualifying mark for the championships.
Several other Jamaicans qualified for finals today.
Leading the way were Shel-don Mitchell and Jason Livermore in the men's 100m. Mitchell is the third-fastest qua-lifier. He won his heat in 10.07 seconds. Livermore finished second in his heat in 10.12 to be the fourth-fastest qualifier. Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands is the fastest qualifier. He won his heat in 10.05.
In the women's 100m, Sam-antha Henry-Robinson booked her final after capturing her heat in a championships record 11.01. World University Games silver medallist, Shimarya Williams, was disqualified for false starting.
In the men's 400m, Ricardo Chambers is through to the final. He finished second in his heat in 44.93 behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, who won in 44.64. Javere Bell was fifth in his heat and failed to advance.
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins-Goode will run in the women's 400m final. She captured her heat in 51.79. Her teammate, Sonikqua Walker, failed to advance after placing fifth in her heat in 53.26. The fastest qualifier is American Courtney Okolo, who set a championship record 50.82 seconds in winning her heat. The previous mark, 52.23, was set by another American, Debbie Dunn, in 2007.