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Five more Jamaicans ink deals with PUMA

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Leah Nugent
Fitzroy Dunkley
Damar Forbes
Chanice Porter
Christine Day
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PUMA has continued its commitment with up-and-coming athletes locally through the signing of five more Jamaicans.

The five are 400m specialist Christine Day, 400m hurdler Leah Nugent, Fitzroy Dunkley (400m) and long jumpers Damar Forbes and Chanice Porter.

Day was a member of the 2016 Rio Olympics Jamaican 4x400m relay team that won the silver medal, as well as the gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. She also finished a strong fourth place overall in the individual 400m at the same 2015 World Championships. Day has a personal best of of 50.14 seconds for the 400m.

Nugent, 24, reached the final of the women's 400m hurdles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, establishing a personal best of 54.45 in the process.

The 23-year-old Dunkley holds a silver medal from last year's Olympics as part of the 4x400m relay team, as well as a strong personal best 45.06 at the 400m. Fitzroy was also a member of Jamaica's 2016 World Indoor Championships team.

Long jumper Forbes is a two-time Olympian with a personal best of 8.25. The 26-year-old St Ann native won his pet event at last year's prestigious IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

At 23 years old, Porter is already a two-time national champion and former World Youth champion. She holds a personal best of 6.67m in the long jump.

Last month, seven MVP Track Club athletes, including Olympic 400m silver medallist Shericka Jackson, World Championships medal winner O'Dayne Richards, Janieve Russell, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald and Megan Simmonds signed deals with PUMA.