Record-breaking Ja mine more gold
JAMAICA were in record mood at the NACAC Senior Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, yesterday, capturing two gold and one bronze medal.
Rasheed Dwyer took the men's 200 metres, and the men's 4x100 metres relay quartet of Mario Forsythe, Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey and Sheldon Mitchell mined gold in Championships record time, while Kimara McDonald claimed bronze in the women's 800 metres.
The three took Jamaica's overall tally to seven - three gold, one silver and three bronze.
Heavy rain and thunderstorm had forced a postponement of the 4x100m on Saturday night.
Jamaica did not field a team in the women's event. However, the men's team was in a no-nonsense mood as they sped to an impressive record run of 38.07 seconds.
The United States were second in 38.45 seconds, with Barbados third in 38.55.
A few hours later, Dwyer took the track in the men's 200m final, where he was the favourite to win the gold medal, following his 20.17 seconds record run in the semi-final the previous day.
Drawn in lane four, the Jamaican covered his rivals quickly before sprinting away to a new meet record of 20.12 seconds.
Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic finished second in 20.37, while Antoine Adams of St Kitts/Nevis took bronze in 20.47.
Olympic and Word Championship medallist, Kerron Stewart, continued along a miserable path this season, as she placed fourth in the women's 200m final, in 22.80 seconds. Her teammate, Jodean Williams, finished sixth in 23.12 seconds.
The United States' Kyra Jefferson won the gold medal in a Championship record 22.50 seconds, just edging out Trinidad and Tobago's Samoy Hackett, 22.51 and Dezerea Bryant, also of the United States, who claimed bronze in 22.58.
McDonald, the fastest qualifier going into the women's 800m final, finished third in 2:02.14.
The United States' Chanelle Pryce won gold in 2:00.48, ahead of Cuba's Gabrielle Medina, who clocked 2:02.13.
In the men's 800m final, Jamaica's Ricardo Cunningham just missed out on a medal, as he placed fourth in 1:47.14.
The United States' Ryan Martin won in a record 1:45.78.
Other Jamaicans fared worse yesterday. Samantha Elliot was fifth in the women's 400m hurdles final in 56.26 seconds, as the United States' Tiffany Williams won in a record 54.37.
In the men's equivalent, Javarn Gallimore placed sixth in 50.59 seconds.
Puerto Rico's Javier Culson won in a Championship record 48.70 seconds.
On Saturday night, Kamal Fuller gave the country its third medal, as he took silver in the men's long jump final with a leap of 7.88m.
At press time last time, Jamaica were poised to add to the medal tally, with teams in the respective men's and women's 4x400m finals.