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Gayle, Thomas-Dodd impress in Florida

Published:Sunday | April 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican athletes enjoyed field-event success yesterday at the World Athletics Miramar Invitational in Florida, with World Championships gold medallist Tajay Gayle, who captured the long jump event with a season best and a world-leading distance of 8.27 metres, leading the way.

Commonwealth Games champion and World Championships silver medal winner, Danniel Thomas-Dodd was the other winner on the day for Jamaica, after tossing the Women's Shot Put to a winning mark of 19.17 metres, which is the third best distance in the world so far.

Jamaicans had less success on the track with only Natoya Goule and Nataliah Whyte securing top three finishes at the meet.

Goule, the World Championships finalist in the Women's 800m, could not hold on to her lead in the event and was eventually caught by the American Ajee Wilson, who won the two-lap event in 2:00.57 minutes, with Goule finishing second in 2:00.92 minutes.

Whyte copped third in the Women's 100 metres in a time of 11.16 seconds, as the United States' Sha'Carri Richardson took a dominant win in a world-leading 10.72 seconds. Jamaica's Natasha Morrison was fourth in 11.19 seconds.

Elaine Thompson Herah, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Ronald Levy all just missed out on top three finishes in their respective events.

Competing in her first 200 metres race of the season, Thompson Herah had to settle for fourth in 22.49 seconds, ahead of her countrywoman , Briana Williams, who could only manage sixth in 22.93 seconds. The race, which had an illegal + 2.3 metres per second wind reading, was won by the United States' Jenna Prandini in 22.29 seconds.

There were also fourth- and sixth-placed finishes for Jamaican athletes in the Women's 400m, as McPherson clocked 51.09 seconds for fourth, while Chris-Ann Gordon ran sixth in 51.39 seconds. The United States' Shamier Little continued her impressive form this season after winning the event in a personal best and world-leading 49.91 seconds. Another American, Quanera Haynes, also dipped under 50 seconds to take second place in 49.92 seconds.

Ronald Levy and Andrew Riley were fourth and fifth in the Men's 110m hurdles in 13.39 and 13.42 seconds, respectively. World champion Grant Halloway captured the event in 13.04 seconds in a +2.2 metres per seconds wind.

Jamaica's Akeem Bloomfield pulled up injured in the Men's 200m.