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Jamaica bag silver and bronze

Published:Sunday | March 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
American Francena McCorory (right) winning the women's 400 metres gold ahead of Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer (second) during the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, yesterday. - AP
Jamaica's Kimberly Williams competing in the women's triple jump final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, yesterday. - AP

Andre Lowe, Staff Reporter

Jamaica will be looking to add to its medal count at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, today, after Kimberly Williams and Kaliese Spencer secured the island's first two podium spots inside the Ergo Arena.

Sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown along with sprint hurdler Andrew Riley will face the starter in their respective semi-finals while eying spots in the finals later today, while the men's and women's 4x400m teams will also be looking to add to the medal tally.

Yesterday's haul signalled glorious firsts for both competitors, as Williams - delivering on the promise she has been showing for the past few seasons, won her first medal at the global level after taking the bronze in the women's triple jump final.

Her 14.39m mark also ensured that she became the first Jamaican woman since Trecia Smith at the 2005 IAAF World Championships to win a senior international medal in the event, after she came one spot away from doing so last year at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

"I'm moving up the ladder," Williams said shortly before receiving her medal. "I'm going home with extra hardware so I am excited about that, I just wish I calmed myself down and handled the competition a little better, but everything is a learning experience."

Russia's Ekaterina Koneva won the gold medal with a 14.46m mark with Olga Saladukha from Ukraine taking the silver with 14.45m.

Always the bridesmaid with heartbreaking fourth-placed finishes at the 2009 and 2011 IAAF World Championships as well as the 2012 Olympic Games, 400m hurdles specialist Kaliese Spencer will finally have a senior championships medal to call her own after she once again called upon her superior strength to produce a blistering last 250m to finish second in the women's 400m final.

Spencer's personal best 51.54
was only bettered by gold medallist Francena McCorory (USA), 51.12 with
Bahamian Shaunae Miller taking the bronze in

Spencer, who says that she will be competing in
more 400m races this outdoor campaign, noted that the medal will serve
as a source of added motivation going forward.

"For me
it was a great experience winning a medal at the World Indoors. It was
great running with the 400m runners, they are all great so I am happy
that I was able to go out there and do my best and run a good time,"
said Spencer.

Nesta Carter, 6.57, and Kimmari Roach,
6.58, both failed to medal in the men's 60m final, finishing in seventh
and eighth, respectively.

In yesterday's women's 60m
heats, Fraser-Pryce was impressive as she eased to a 7.13 win while
Campbell-Brown, who had been out of action for over nine months was less
convincing, finishing third in her heat in a time of

Riley booked his place in today's 60m hurdles
semi-final with a 7.66, third-place finish in his heat behind USA
Dominic Berger, 7.61 and Russian Sergey Shubenkov,

The team of Eric Nolan, Allodin Fothergill, Dane
Hyatt and Jermaine Brown ran 3:06.12 to finish second to the United
States, 3:04.36 in the men's 4x400m heats with Poland running third in

The female team of Verone Chambers, Anneisha
McLaughlin, Natoya Goule and Stephenie-Ann McPherson was second in their
heat in a national indoor record 3:29.43 behind the United States,
3:29.06 and ahead of Poland in 3:29.48.

Today's events

  • Women's 60m Semi-Final (9:15 a.m.)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Veronica Campbell-Brown

  • Men's 60m hurdles Semi-Final (9:52 a.m.)

Andrew Riley

  • Women's 4x400m final (11:45 a.m.)
  • Women 60m Final (12:05 p.m.)
  • Men's 60m hurdles final (12:20 p.m.)
  • Men's 4x400m final (12:40 p.m.)