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Jamaicans bag six more medals

...As Scotland braces for Bolt

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Assistant Sport editor

Friday, August 01, 2014    

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaicans won six more medals on day five of the XX Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park last night, bringing their tally to 18.

With 12 in the bag coming into last night, they added two gold, one silver and three bronze.

As usual, they turned on the styles and put on the frills.

In a sweep of the medals, the men's 200m won gold, silver and bronze. The destroyers — Rasheed Dwyer, Warren Weir and Jason Livermore, in that order.

Kaliese Spencer breathed a sigh of relief as she won her first major gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles in 52.79 seconds. Her teammate Janieve Russell trailed for the bronze in 54.75. Scotland's Eilidh Child copped silver in 54.22.

Also on the medal podium last night was Jason Morgan, who won gold in the men's discus, hurling 62.34 metres — Jamaica's third medal in the field.

The Diamond League winner, Spencer, expressed relief at coming first at last in a major senior championship.

"I just went out there and focused on what I trained for, my technique, and I went out there just to run. It was not a perfect race, but I won and I am very happy with that.

"I just feel relieved right now. I don't know if when I go back to the hotel and relax it will hit me then that I am the gold medal winner," she told Jamaican reporters.

She has been thirsting for this success for a long time. But her moment of glory has finally come.

"It's been eight years since I won at the 2006 World Juniors, so I am going to be on the podium in the middle, so I am very happy with that... I wanted to ensure that I got the gold medal. World Indoors was great and that was the breakthrough for me and I knew coming here I would be victorious," said the World Indoor Championship silver medallist.

Russell, who was winning her first senior medal, was overjoyed. "I am very happy as the aim was to go out there to come in the top three and I am glad I was in the top three," she beamed.

For the other medallist on the night, Morgan, his bronze is for the people of Jamaica.

"This means a lot, not just for me personally, but for Jamaica and the people who never stopped believing in me — supporters, family and friends — this is for them all," said the 31-year-old, Jamaica's record holder.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Annsert Whyte tumbled as he negotiated a hurdler in the men's 400m final. The gold went to South Africa's Cornel Fredericks (48.50), silver medal to Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon (48.75) and the bronze to the Bahamas' Jeffry Gibson (48.78).

Jamaica's women failed to medal in the 200m final. Anniesha McLaughlin finished best of the trio in fifth, Schillonie Calvert sixth and Samantha Robinson-Henry was eighth.

As expected, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare won gold in 22.26, England's Jodie Williams (22.60) and Bianca Williams (22.68) pocketed silver and bronze, respectively.

Natoya Goule failed to make the women's 800m final when she finished fifth in semi-final heat two.

Finishing off the evening, Jamaica's Danielle Williams finished second in her heat in 13.16 seconds to be the only Jamaican who advanced to the final of the women's 100m hurdles scheduled for today. That race was won by England's Tiffany Porter in 12.84.

In semi-final heat two Indira Spence was fourth in 13.44, while Monique Morgan was also fourth in 13.61 in semi-final heat three.

Meanwhile, the people of Scotland will be able to exhale as their wait to see Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt on the track is about to end. He bows into action in the heats of the men's 4x100m relays today.

Also on today are the heats of the women's 4x100m and the women's and men's 4x400m heats.

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