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World record run leads medal glut in Cali

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s quartet of (from left) Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Tia Clayton, and Kerrica Hill celebrate breaking the 4x100-metre world under-20 record after their final at the World Under 20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
Jamaica’s quartet of (from left) Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Tia Clayton, and Kerrica Hill celebrate breaking the 4x100-metre world under-20 record after their final at the World Under 20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
Jamaica’s Brandon Pottinger on his way to clearing 2.14 metres in the men’s high jump for gold at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
Jamaica’s Brandon Pottinger on his way to clearing 2.14 metres in the men’s high jump for gold at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
Jaydon Hibbert celebrates the championship record he set in the men’s triple jump at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia yesterday.
Jaydon Hibbert celebrates the championship record he set in the men’s triple jump at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia yesterday.
Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston (left) and Alanna Reid hug at the end of the women’s 200 metres at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston (left) and Alanna Reid hug at the end of the women’s 200 metres at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.
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THE QUARTET of Tia and Tina Clayton, Serena Cole, and Kerrica Hill broke the world under-20 record to cap off a day littered with medals for Jamaica at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.

Jamaica would end the day with four gold, two bronze and a silver, but the highlight came in the penultimate race of the afternoon.

From Cole to Hill to Tia to Tina took 42.59 seconds, erasing Jamaica’s old mark of 42.94 they set in Nairobi, Kenya, at the last World Under-20 Championships.

Before that though, Jamaica got the medal train rolling with Brianna Lyston and Alanna Reid in the 200 metres.

Lyston shook off the early challenge of the United States’ Jayla Jamison to win in 22.65 seconds. Jamison was second in a lifetime best 22.77, while Reid, running from lane eight, did well to clock a personal best of 22.95 for bronze.

“I am very happy for the win as after my disqualification last year I was determined to make up for that and running in these conditions was a good experience for me and I cannot find words to describe my happiness,” said Lyston, going on to praise the support she has got from family and from her high school coach, Corey Bennett.

Reid was also over the moon about her personal best and the medal.

In the men’s high jump, Brandon Pottinger, resuming after heavy rains paused activities at the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero National Stadium, returned to improve on his third-place position to land gold.

At the time, five athletes faced the high jump bar at two metres, 10 centimetres.

Pottinger got over 2.14 on his second jump but nobody else followed, while South Africa’s Brian Raats and Bulgaria’s Bozhidar Sarâboyukov shared the silver medal with their last successful clearances of 2.10.

THIRD GOLD MEDAL

Jamaica’s third gold medal was also expected, as Jaydon Hibbert dominated the men’s triple jump field, leaping out to 17.27 metres, a championship record. The field was more than a metre behind him, India’s Selva P. Thirumaran cutting the sand in a personal best of 16.15. Estonia’s Viktor Morozov grabbed a bronze in 16.13, also a personal best.

Roshawn Clarke was also among the medals for the Jamaicans, though the colour came as a surprise. Clarke went into the final of the 400-metre hurdles a firm favourite but found himself trailing Turkey’s Ismail Nezir and Slovenia’s Martin Gucek. The lanky Jamaican had no answer, settling for bronze in 49.62. Nezir won the event in a national record of 48.84, while Gucek was second in 48.91.

“The rain and long delay over one hour affected my performance here,” said a disappointed Clarke, who stumbled over the final two barriers.

Jamaica’s 4x100 quartet of Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, Bryan Levell, Mark-Anthony Daley, and Adrian Kerr clocked 39.35 to finish second behind Japan, who clocked the same time.

In reality, the Jamaicans had finished third, Kerr running from behind in chase of Japan’s Hiroki Yanagita and South Africa’s Benjamin Richardson.

However, on replay, South Africa, who had the field well beaten, were disqualified because Mukhethwa Tshifura had trod on the line towards the inside of his lane.

The disqualification was also good news for the United States, who were upgraded to bronze with their season’s best of 39.57.

Today’s results mean Jamaica lie second on the medal table with five gold, four silver, and three bronze.

The United States lead the table, having copped four bronze to go with their five gold and four silver.