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Jamaica's Cunningham launches into javelin action

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Alphanso Cunningham will bow into action at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London today.

Cunningham, the first Jamaican to see action at this year's Games, will compete in the men's F52/53 javelin at 4:08 a.m. (Ja time).

The 32-year-old Cunningham, with a best of 20.19 metres, is strongly fancied to be among the medallists. His personal best of 20.19m in the event ranks him third among the nine finalists.

The favourite is Iran's Abdolreza Jokar, who has a personal best of 21.81 metres, while Mexico's Jesús Maximo (21.06m) has also gone over 21.00m.

Cunningham won F53 discus gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Tomorrow, 26-year-old Tanto Campbell, bronze medal winner at both the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games, will compete in the F54/555/56 discus, while on Thursday Jamaica's third competitor at the Games, many-time medallist, 49-year-old Sylvia Grant, is down to compete in women's F57/58 javelin.