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Personal best discus throw for KC’s Mullings

Published:Saturday | June 26, 2021 | 12:09 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Ralford Mullings competing in the Under-20 boys discus throw at the JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships at the National Stadium  yesterday. Mullings won the event with a throw of 66.61 metres.
Ralford Mullings competing in the Under-20 boys discus throw at the JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Mullings won the event with a throw of 66.61 metres.

Kingston College’s (KC) Ralford Mullings produced an outstanding performance to win the boys Under-20 discus throw at the National Junior and Senior Championships inside the National Stadium yesterday.

The 18-year-old Mullings threw a personal best mark of 66.61 metres to win the event quite comfortably ahead of Edwin Allen High’s Trevor Gunzell 58.57m and Jamaica College’s Shamar Reid, 57.94m. All three throwers went above the World Under-20 qualifying mark of 57.00m.

MULLINGS RANKED SECOND

Mullings is now ranked second in the world this season behind the world-leading throw of 67.71m. His throw is also just outside the National Junior record mark of 66.88m set by Travis Smikle in 2011.

Mullings, who also won the event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships quite comfortably in April, said he was very pleased with his effort but he admitted that he still has a lot left in the tank.

“I think it was a solid performance even though I am not at my goal as yet, but I just have to trust the process and show up at the World Under-20,” said Mullings.

“I am feeling elated right now and so I just want to travel to the World Under-20 championships and hopefully take home a medal,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hydel’s Garriel White produced an impressive display to win the girls’ Under-20 400m hurdles in 57.28 seconds to book her place to the World Under-20 Championships.

White’s time is well below the World junior qualifying standard of 1:00.75 seconds. Her time is also just outside the world-leading time of 56.74 seconds.

Moeisha Bridgen of Vere Technical with 58.62, and Hydel’s Daena Dyer with 58.82, finished second and third, respectively, to secure their spots on the team. Roshawn Clarke of Camperdown also booked his ticket to Kenya after he won the boys’ race in 51.69 seconds. Clarke’s time is well below the qualifying mark of 53.10 seconds. Devonte Archer also secured his spot on the team after he was clipped on the line by Clarke. Both were awarded the same time.