Keddo misses by a whisker

Published: Saturday | October 9, 2010 Comments 0
Jamaica's Trecia Smith competes in the women's triple jump final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, yesterday. - AP photos
Jamaica's Trecia Smith competes in the women's triple jump final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, yesterday. - AP photos

Delhi, India:

Eric Keddo, 13.71, was a nose away from winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal, just missing out with a fourth-place finish in the 110m hurdles final yesterday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in Delhi, India.

Keddo did well to recover from a horrific start and came within inches of securing a podium spot, on a day when the gold-medal performance of triple jumper Trecia Smith produced the highlight of Jamaica's efforts on the track.

Keddo acknowledged that his start cost him a medal and blamed it on cramps which, he said, affected him as he was pushing out of the starting blocks.

"First of all, I have to give thanks to God. But I felt some cramps at the beginning of the race as I pushed out of the blocks. It was a very bad race, I ran much better in the preliminary rounds and I'm really very disappointed," said Keddo, minutes after the race.

Teammate Hansle Parchment finished right behind Keddo in fifth place with a time of 13.71 seconds, a personal best for the former Morant Bay High School athlete.

Darel Garwood could only manage to clear a height of 2.10m and failed to progress in the men's high jump competition, while Andre Drummond and Ricardo Cunningham failed to progress to the next round of the men's 800m.

Distant fifth place

Drummond, a former Glengoffe High student, was only good enough for a distant fifth-place finish in his heat in a time of 1:55.48 seconds, while Cunningham was fourth in 1:52.65 seconds.

Oral Thompson finished fourth in his 400m semi-final in 46.77, failing to advance to the final.

Young Bruce Burrowes lost the final of the squash consolation plate by a 3-1 margin to Nicholas Kyme of Bermuda, at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. Burrowes surrendered the first set 3-11, before rallying to win 11-8 in the second. However, Kyme took the next sets 11-3, 11-3.

In netball, the Sunshine Girls bounced back from their defeat to Australia to register a comfortable 70-46 win over Samoa in their penultimate Pool A preliminary-round game at Thyagaraj Sports Complex.

Romelda Aiken was in unstoppable form, shooting 50 points from 54 attempts for an accuracy rating of 94 per cent.

Jamaica will next play host nation India tomorrow, before turning their attention to Tuesday's expected semi-final against New Zealand.

Boxers Jovan Young (middleweight) and Andre Reid (super heavyweight) both lost their respective bouts at the Talkatora Stadium.

Young lost 7-4 to Wales' Keiran Harding, while Reid went down 17-4 to local fighter Paramjeet Samota.

The country's last hope in the ring is now Philip Bowes, who will contest the quarter-finals of the light welterweight.

Meanwhile, experienced decathlete Claston Bernard withdrew from the event due to a thigh injury he suffered while competing in the event's 400m on Thursday.

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