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Gold medallist James registers PB and world leading time in Poland, Bronze to Bromfield

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:20 PM
In this july 19 file photo, Tiffany James wins her heat of the women's 400m at the Zawisza Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland. – Collin Reid photos courtesy of Supreme Ventures Limited and Courts Jamaica Limited

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland:
Jamaica picked up its first two medals today at the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland as Mico University's Tiffany James won the gold medal in a personal best and World leading 51.32 seconds.

It was third and bronze for St Elizabeth High's Junelle Bromfield in 52.05 seconds.

The win by James was the first Gold medal in the event at these Championships for Jamaica, while it was also the first-time Jamaica was getting two medals in the event.

James was in great form during the meet, as she produced personal best in every round.

IN PHOTO: Bromfield

Drawn in lane five, ahead of Bromfield in lane four, James reacted the quickest out of the blocks and ran strongly throughout, and held off the fast finishing Lynn Irby of the United States who finished second for silver in 51.39 seconds.

"I came here with two objectives, to run a personal best and to be on the podium and I achieved both. To God be the glory," said James.

Bromfield had to wait agonizingly for some four minutes for the result for third as she and Jessica Thornton of Australia touched the finishing line together with the Jamaican getting the verdict for the bronze.

"I am happy for third and the medal as I made up for my disappointment at World Youth's last year" she said.