Dwyer cops silver, Facey bronze in 200m finals

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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JAMAICA added silver and bronze yesterday in the men's and women's 200m, respectively, for a total of six in track and field at the 19th PanAmerican Games inside the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium in York, Ontario.

New record holder Rasheed Dwyer won silver and Simone Facey bronze to add to three gold medals won by shot putter O'Dayne Richards, discus thrower Fedric Dacres, and 100m sprinter Sherone Simpson, and a bronze won by Roxroy Cato in the men's 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, a protest over the results of the men's 400m hurdles was thrown out after the American team leaders tried to get the bronze awarded to Kerron Clement, who had clocked the same time as Cato's 48.72 seconds.

Jamaica will take part in the relays on today's shortened session that will see the men's marathon in the morning before restarting in the afternoon.

Jamaica qualified for both 4x400m relay finals, while the semi-finals of the 4x100m relays were being run late last night.

The women's team clocked three minutes 30.29 seconds to place second in their semi-final behind the USA and the third best time to advance.

Despite Jamaica not fielding any runners in the men's 400m event, there was a men's team that ran 3 minutes 03.72 seconds, also behind a US team that won in 3 minutes 02.99 seconds.

In the men's 200m final, Dwyer, who had broken the PanAmerican record with 19.80 seconds to be the second fastest man this year in Thursday's semi-finals, was beaten by Canadian Andre DeGrasse, who set a new national record 19.88 seconds (0.3m/s).

DeGrasse, who had won the 100m earlier, is the third fastest in the 200m this year.

Dwyer took the silver in 19.90 seconds, same time as third-placed Alonso Edward of Panama with a season's best.

Facey clocked 22.74 seconds (1.1m/s) for third behind two Americans, 17-year-old Kaylin Whitney with 22.65 seconds and Kyra Jefferson with 22.72 seconds.

Kerron Stewart was fifth in 23.07 seconds.

Tyler Mason finished seventh in the men's 110m hurdles in 13.69 seconds in a race that had to be rerun 30 minutes after the original schedule.

American David Oliver did not hear the recall and ran the entire course by himself but returned a half-hour later to set a new PanAmerican Games record 13.07 seconds (0.8m/s), beating the 13.10 seconds set by Cuban Dayron Robles in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011.

Oliver's 13.07 seconds is the fifth fastest time over the distance this year.

In the morning's semi-finals Mason had placed second in his heat in 13.40 seconds (-0.1m/s); Dwight Thomas was fifth in his semi-final heat in 13.58 seconds (-0.4m/s) and failed to advance.


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