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Five sports persons receive Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence

Published:Tuesday | April 8, 2014 | 8:13 AM

World Youth 100-metre hurdles champion Yanique Thompson is among five young sports persons who have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence for 2013.



The 17-year-old Thompson turned in one of the greatest performances at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine to smash the 14-year women's 100-metre hurdles world record in 2013.



The Holmwood Technical student clocked 12.94 seconds to win the final and in the process became the first Jamaican 100 metre hurdles gold medallist at the World Youth Championships.



Calabar High School student Javon Francis was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence.



The 18-year-old Francis anchored Jamaica to a silver medal in the men's 4x400-metre relays at the 2013 World Championships in Russia.



He ran an impressive anchor leg of 44 seconds to hand the country a surprised silver from a tough position.



The other sports persons who received the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards were Martin Manley, who won gold in the 400 metres in Ukraine; tennis player Yvonne Foster and netballer Thristina Harwood.



The five sports persons were among 23 young people and two youth-serving organisations to receive the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence for 2013.



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