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Williams breaks 100m hurdles record at CAC Champs

Sunday, July 06, 2014    

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A record-breaking performance by Jeanine Williams in the Under-18 girls' 100m hurdles highlighted Jamaica's performance on yesterday's second day of the XX Central American and Caribbean Junior track and field championships in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

Williams clocked 13.46 seconds (1.5m/s) to win the first of three gold medals won by the Jamaicans on the second day of the three-day championships that ends today, breaking the 13.53 seconds set two years ago by Barbadian Shakera Hall.

Jamaica also picked up a bronze in the event as Janeek Brown was third in 13.92 seconds.

Chad Walker in the Under-18 boys' 200m and Shadea Lawrence in the girls' Under-20 discus throw also won gold medals for Jamaica on Saturday.

The Jamaicans won an additional 13 medals on yesterday's second day for a total of 31 so far -- nine gold, 13 silver and nine bronze to be second in the medal standings. The medal count could be one gold higher, but the boys' Under-18 4x100m relay team was disqualified after crossing the line first.

Hosts Mexico are way ahead, however, with 81 medals -- 28 gold, 34 silver and 19 bronze.

Trinidad and Tobago are in third overall with 18 medals (8-5-5), while Puerto Rico are next with 17 medals (6-4-7) and Bahamas 14 (6-4-4).

On today's final day of competition, the Jamaicans are expected to compete in the 110m hurdles for both boys sections; all four triple jumps, two each for boys and girls; the semi-finals and finals of the 400m events and all four 4x400m relays.

  — Paul Reid

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