Natalliah Whyte strikes gold in 200m

…As Waysome leaps 7.44m to land silver in long jump

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Monday, August 25, 2014

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NATALLIAH Whyte entered the history books on Saturday night (Jamaica time) at the Nanjing Olympic Stadium when she won the women's 200m gold medal at the Second International Olympic Committee (IOC) Youth Olympics to land Jamaica's first medal by a woman at the Championships.

After recording the fastest time of 23.79 seconds in the preliminary rounds, Whyte, of St Jago High, came back in the final to run 23.55 seconds to win Jamaica's third gold medal of the Championships.

Jamaica College's long jumper Obrien Waysome won a silver medal with a personal best 7.44m as Jamaica improved to four medals, including the two gold medals won by 110m hurdler Jaheel Hyde and 400m runner Martin Manley the previous day.

With one day to go and just one more athlete down to contest a final, Jamaica are third in the track and field medal table. Hosts China lead with six -- five gold and a bronze followed by Ukraine with three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Jamaica won one medal, a gold by Odean Skeen in the men's 100m in the previous Youth Olympics held in Malaysia in 2010.

Today triple jumper Jordan Scott is the only Jamaican in a final, as he seeks to add to the medal tally. He qualified for the final with a personal best 15.36m and based on the other qualifiers, will need to surpass his best if he is to get into medal contention.

Whyte, a finalist at the recent IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last month, ran 23.44 seconds in the semi-finals and 23.48 seconds in both the first round and the final.

Yesterday, a time of 23.55 seconds in rainy and cold conditions was enough to land her the biggest prize of her career so far, beating Dzhoys Koba of Ukraine, 23.94 seconds, who was second best after the first round, with American Brandee Johnson third in 24.28 seconds.

Chad Walker was disqualified after placing second in the men's 200m final, in what appears to be a lane violation as the results cited IAAF Rule 163.3a which speaks to a runner infringing on the line.

Waysome grabbed second in the long jump as, despite competing in a heavy drizzle, he recorded a lifetime best mark on his third and penultimate effort following two foul jumps.

He was well out of the medal position after opening with 7.18m then fouling his second jump before leaping on to the podium in the third round.

Anatoliy Ryapolov of Russia won the gold with 7.54m on his first attempt, which was his only legal mark of the day, while China's Peifeng Zhong was third with 7.37m.




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