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TRACK & FIELD: Odayne Richards attains World Championships 'A' standard qualifying mark

Published:Monday | July 8, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Odayne Richards has booked his spot on Jamaica’s team to this summer’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia by attaining the ‘A’ standard qualifying mark in the shot put.



The MVP athlete achieved the ‘A’ standard for the World Championships on yesterday’s final day of the Central American and Caribbean Senior Athletics Championships in Mexico.



Richards won the gold medal in the men’s shot put with a meet record throw of 20.97 metres, well ahead of the World Championships ‘A’ standard of 20.60 metres.



Richards attained the mark 15 days after winning the shot put at Jamaica World Championships trials.



His winning effort of 20 metres at the national trials was below the World Championships ‘B’ standard.



Jamaica’s team is returning from Mexico with a medal-haul of 21 comprising 11 gold, six silver and four bronze.



Jamaica ended the three-day championships in second spot after collecting 10 medals including five gold on the final day.



Francine Simpson, Danielle Dowdie, Darrell Garwood and Natoya Goule won the other four gold medals for Jamaica yesterday.



Simpson won the women’s long jump with 6.49 metres, Garwood cleared 2.22 metres to win the boys’ high jump, Dowdie logged 56.39.



seconds to win the women’s 400-metre hurdles, while Goule won the women’s 800 metres in 2:02:02 seconds.



Mexico topped the table with 47 medals comprising 17 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze.



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