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Skeen gets bronze, Murphy fifth in WJC 100m

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 5:07 PM    

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BARCELONA, Spain — Jamaica opened its medal tally at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships (WJC) at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain earlier today after Odean Skeen won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m in 10.28 seconds, just off his personal best 10.24 seconds.

Jazeel Murphy, the second Jamaican in the final was fifth in 10.29 seconds after running a personal best 10.24 seconds earlier in the semi-final.

Skeen who was third in his semi in 10.43 seconds and advanced as one of the fastest losers, got off to the best start and had to be chased by pre-championships favourite Adam Gemili of Great Britain who won in a new championships record, personal best and Great Britain Junior Record 10.05 seconds and American Aaron Ernest in a personal best 10.17 seconds.

Jamaica ended the second day 15th in the medal tables.

The bronze stopped Jamaica’s string of gold at two but extended the run to five consecutive WJC where they have won a medal in the men’s 100m.

Remaldo Rose took bronze in Italy in 2004 followed by Yohan Blake two years later in Beijing, China while Dexter Lee won gold in Poland in 2008 and Canada in 2010.

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