Taylor's gold only spark as Jamaica ends World Youth Champs

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Jamaican finished with one medal, a gold won by Christopher Taylor in the boys' 400m on Friday, the lowest ever in the nine stagings of the IAAF World Youth Championships that ended at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.


Two years ago Jamaica won eight medals, including six gold, to top the medals table when the event was held in Donetsk, Ukraine, but could only manage a single medal in the 2015 edition.


Almost symbolically Shaniel English failed to show up for the girls' 200m final yesterday, the only event the country was involved in on the final day of the five-day championships.


Jamaica finished in 16th position in the medals table, tied with Ecuador, Moldova, Romania and Switzerland as the USA topped the table with 19 medals, including eight gold, five silver and six bronze, followed by Kenya with 13 from five gold, four silver and four bronze, and Japan with five medals, comprising three gold, one silver and bronze.


On Saturday night, Jamaicans failed to medal in four finals, as


Lushane Wilson finished a creditable sixth in boys' high jump clearing 2.11m on his second attempt, but failed three times at 2.14m.


He entered the competition at 1.97m, clearing the height on his first try and also cleared 2.02m and 2.07m on his first attempt as well.


Junelle Bromfield was seventh in the girls' 400m hurdles final in 58.49 seconds, while Jauavney James was disqualified after he originally finished sixth.


Leon Clarke, a long shot at making the final, was sixth in the boys' 800m in one minute, 51.71 seconds after running his personal best one minute, 50.70 seconds two days earlier in the semi-finals.






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