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Sprint hurdlers lead Gold Coast medal rush

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Danielle Williams

After winning her heat in the 100m hurdles yesterday, Danielle Williams patted her chest like track and field Legend Usain Bolt did when he won the 100m at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Her reserve personality might have prevented her from doing that normally, but after battling a series of injuries this season ,the 25 year was shocked to have registered 12.69 seconds, the fastest time going into the final of the event at these Commonwealth Games today.

"I was surprised with my time. It's been a tough year so far and I am just happy I am back running," Williams told The Gleaner.

Williams head three hurdlers, who are hoping to add to Jamaica's medal count. The 2015 World Champion will line up in lane three, while Yanique Thompson and Megan Simmonds will run out of lanes six and eight respectively in the final, which gets underway at 7:09 a.m.




In the women's 800m, which starts at 5:45 a.m., Natoya Goule will feel fairly good about her chances, after qualifying to today's final, with a second place finish in her heat with a time of 2:00.74 seconds.

The duo of Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle will be looking to grab Jamaica's third quinella of the Games, when they contest the discus final at 4:45 a.m. Dacres and Smikle registered the farthest distances in the preliminary rounds. Dacres threw 66.20m to top Group One, while Smikle topped Group Two with 64.69m.

World Indoor silver medallist, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, is looking to go one better when she contests the final of the women's shot put at 4:52 a.m, while Tevaughn Thomas will feature in the men's T47 100m final, for para athletes.

Jamaica's male rugby team will contest Pool B action against England at Robina Stadium, starting at 6:53 p.m. before taking on Australia at 10:11 p.m.