Bromfield, Nedrick strike gold at Commonwealth Youth Games

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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JUNELLE Bromfield won a second gold medal in a 24-hour period and Kevin Nedrick pulled off a stunning win in the shot put as Jamaica finished with six medals, including four gold, as the track and field programme ended at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on Monday night.


Bromfield, who won the 400m in a personal best 53.09 seconds on Monday, added gold in the 400m hurdles yesterday, while Nedrick also had a lifetime best performance in the shot put, winning with 20.12m after a stirring battle with two South Africans.


Meanwhile, Jauavney James took silver in the boys' 400m hurdles event as well to add to the gold he won as part of the men's 4x400m team on Sunday.


High jumper Lushane Wilson had won the bronze on Sunday, as well.


Michael McIntosh, head coach of the small team, told the Jamaica Observer the success of the team "represented tenacity and the perpetuation of Jamaica's sporting excellence".


On Monday, the girls' 400m went to form as Bromfield obliged with gold, while India's 16-year-old Jisna Mathew and Nigeria's Idamadudu Praise Oghenef, who were second and third fastest going into the final, won silver and bronze, respectively.


Mathew ran 53.14 seconds and Oghenef clocked 53.20 seconds.


A day later, Bromfield was back at it again as she won the intermediate hurdles gold in 1:00.78 minutes, easily beating Sri Lanka's Yamani Danansooriya Mudi (1:01.70 seconds) and England's Niamh Emerson (1:01.99).


Nedrick won the shot put gold on his final attempt Monday afternoon after a see-saw battle with South African athletes Werner Jakobus Visser and Burger Lambrecht, who took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.


Reports out of Samoa are that Nedrick took the lead in the second round then improved on that with a 19.35m effort in the fourth round.


Visser then threw 19.74m and 19.78m on his fifth and sixth throws before the Jamaican with the crowd behind him stepped up with his monster throw.


James clocked 51.54 seconds in the final of the boys 400m hurdles behind Barbados' Rivaldo Leacock (51.12 seconds), while Australia's Harrison Kimpton-Moss took the bronze in 52.33 seconds.


A second Jamaican Leonardo Ledgister was sixth in 54.78 seconds.


Both Jamaicans had won their semi-final heats -- James ran 51.36 seconds while Ledgister ran 53..63 seconds.


Leon Clarke was fourth in the 800m final in a personal best 1:50.49 minutes, faster than the 1:50.70 he ran at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia in July.


He was edged for the bronze by Scotland's Ben Greenwood who ran 1:50.15 minutes, both behind two Kenyans.


Meanwhile, Michael Bentley just missed a place in the finals of the boys' 200m after he was ninth fastest in the semi-finals with a wind-aided 21.75 seconds (2.1m/s).



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