TRACK & FIELD: Hydel’s Shiann Salmon lands high jump record at Champs
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Fourteen-year-old Shiann Salmon of Hydel High School jumped a record 1.78 metres in the Girls’ Class 3 High Jump today, day three, of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championship at the National Stadium.
Salmon's jump erases the previous best set by Jenieve Russell of Holmwood.
A delighted Salmon declared that she was feeling “outstanding” with her gold medal performance.
“I feel outstanding, I just want to thank my coaches for the hard work they put in with me to get the jumps right.
“This is new territory for me but I am happy to have won convincingly and now I can turn my attention to the World Youth Championships, where I am expecting great things”, Salmon said.
Coming into the Championship, Salmon had a previous best of 1.70m and said she had not expected to post a new record mark, but noted that as she began jumping she felt that it would have been her day.
Rusea’s High jumper Lamara Distin took silver leaping 1.70m and Shania Ingram bronze also with a height of 1.70m, while Toni-Ann Farquharson of Wolmers Girls narrowly missed the third spot with her best height of the round being 1.5m
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