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More medals for Ja at IAAF Under-20 Champs

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Nigel Ellis celebrates with the Jamaican flag after taking third in the 200 metres final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland yesterday.
Jamaica's Shannon Kalawan (right), the silver medal winner in yesterday's women's 400 metres hurdles, posing with gold medallist Anna Cockrell (centre) of the United States and Xahria Santiago of Canada who came third in the event.


Shannon Kalawan bagged silver in the women's 400 metres hurdles, and Nigel Ellis pocketed bronze in the men's 200 metres as Jamaica's juniors doubled their medal haul on yesterday?s fourth day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Jamaica's medal tally now stands at four - one gold, one silver, and two bronze - and it left head coach Danny Hawthorne very pleased with yesterday's performances by the athletes.

"I think today (yesterday ) was a good one for Jamaica although we suffered a mishap in the girls' sprint relay, but that is now behind us as the team did well . On Wednesday?s third day of competition, we finished with a bang late in the day, and it was good and we used that momentum yesterday ... we are hoping for more medals over the next two days,? said Hawthorne.


Ran intelligent race


Competing out of lane eight in the women's 400 metres hurdles, Kalawan ran an intelligent race. She went out hard for the first few hurdles then relaxed a bit before making a late charge to get second in a respectable 56.64 seconds. American Anna Cockrell won the gold in a personal best 55.29, with Canada's Xahria Santiago taking third in 56.90.

"I told myself at the start of the race that they will have to catch me if they can and that is why I went out hard early because I was in the outside lane and I knew the American is a strong finisher, so I had to save something in reserve. I came here to be on the podium, and I did so, and I am happy because it was my first and final time at these Championships," said Kalawan.

Ellis ran a very fast curve in the 200m behind American Michael Norman and looked like picking up the silver but was pipped on the line late by South Africa?s Tlotliso Leotlela.

Norman won gold in a championship record 20.17 seconds; Leotlela was second in 20.59; while Ellis crossed the line in 20.64.

"I am extremely happy for a medal," said Ellis.

In the women's long jump final Jessica Noble finished 12th with a best of 5.82m.

Defending 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde posted a fast semi-final time, 49.77, ahead of today's final and is the firm favourite for gold.

"I just came out to qualify for the finals and I didn't run as hard as promised as the conditions were very chilly today (yesterday) and my legs are burning right now but I can't complain because everybody ran in the same condition," he said.

Timor Barrett ran a personal best 51.38 for third in his semi-final, but he failed to advance to the final.

There was disappointment for Jamaica in the women's 4x100m as the quartet of Kimone Shaw, Patrice Moodie, Shellece Clarke, and Veneisha Pusey was disqualified after winning their heat in 44.63 seconds.

The men, however, advanced as Fabian Hewitt, Raheem Chambers, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Hujaye Cornwall finished third in 39.80 but were promoted to second after the disqualification of Brazil, who had posted a world junior leading time of 39.31, taken down after a lane violation.