Tracey lands historic gold


Tracey lands historic gold Jamaicans shine at NACAC Senior Championships

Observer writer

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Tyquendo Tracey won a historic gold medal for Jamaica yesterday in the men's 100m at the NACAC Senior Championships at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada, the first Jamaican to win any 100m at the continental championships.

Tracey, a first-time national champion, extended his best season ever, adding to the IAAF World Cup of athletics 100m title, setting a new championship record 10.03 seconds (0.4m/s) in the process, erasing the 10.07 seconds set three years ago by compatriot Sheldon Mitchell in Costa Rica.

Four Jamaicans won gold medals yesterday, including a sweep of the men's and women's 400m by Demish Gaye and Stephenie Ann McPherson, respectively, and Hansle Parchment in the 110m hurdles, as they took their medal haul so far to 10 after two days.

The breakdown of medals is four gold, three silver and three bronze.

With the results of today's final day not yet factored in — where 14 Jamaicans are down to take part in eight more individual finals as well as four relay finals — Jamaica has already surpassed the nine medals they won three years ago when the championships was held in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Today, Fedric Dacres will start favourite to win the men's discus where he will contest alongside CAC Games bronze medallist Traves Smikle; CAC Games champion Ramone Bailey and Tajay Gayle will be in the men's long jump; Shanieka Thomas will try to defend her triple jump title; Commonwealth Games champion Janieve Russell and Leah Nugent will contest the women's 400m hurdles, while Annsert Whyte and Shawn Rowe will be in the men's equivalent.

Lloydricia Cameron is listed in the women's shot put; Jodean Williams and Shericka Jackson will contest the women's 200m, while Jahnoy Thompson and Nigel Ellis are in the men's half- lap final.

Yesterday, after being held up by a false start from St Kitts&Nevis' Jason Rogers, Tracey got off to another fast start and dominated the strong field to win comfortably in a championship record 10.03 seconds (0.4m/s).

Two Americans — Kendal Williams in 10.11 seconds and Cameron Burrell in 10.12 seconds took second and third, respectively, but the other Jamaican Kenroy Anderson did not finish the race as he pulled up shortly after the start.

Earlier in the semi-finals, both Tracey and Anderson won their heats. Tracey was the fastest in 10.12 seconds (1.4m/s), while Anderson ran a wind-aided 10.13 seconds (2.9m/s).

In the women's race, Jonielle Smith used her top end speed and power over the second half to snatch second place in the women's race in 11.07 seconds, as in form American Jenna Prandini broke the championships record with 10.96 seconds (0.9m/s) under the 11.01 seconds run by Jamaica's Samantha Henry-Robinson in the semi-finals in 2015.

Canada's Crystal Emmanuel took the bronze in 11.11 seconds, as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was a disappointing fifth in 11.18 seconds.

In the semi-finals run earlier in the day, Prandini led all qualifiers with 11.01 seconds (1.0m/s) when she beat Fraser-Pryce in the first heat, while Smith won her race with 11.17 seconds (0.8m/s).

McPherson got out hard and caught defending champion Courtney Okolo before she got off the first curve and by the time they got to the second curve she was well ahead of the field and ran away to win in 51.15 seconds.

Canada's Aiyanna Stiverne was second in 52.00 seconds and USA's Brionna Thomas took the bronze in 52.19 seconds, as Jamaica's Christine Day was fifth in 53.04 seconds.

It was a reverse in the men's 400m final where Jamaica took first and third.

Gaye, who was passed after 150 metres by Grenada's early pace-setter Bralon Taplin, came back from about third place in the final 100m to land the gold in 45.47 seconds, powering past Costa Rica's Nery Brenes, who took second in 45.67 seconds, while Fitzroy Dunkley got the bronze in 45.76 seconds.

Taplin, who led with less than 100 metres to go, ended up eighth.

Parchment got off to a slow start and was aided by chaos in the middle of the race as several hurdlers hit the barriers, including American Devon Allen, who was the fastest in the semi-finals on Friday.

Running in lane six, Parchment took the lead from the seventh hurdle and motored away to win in 13.28 seconds (0.4m/s). American Aleec Harris took the silver in 13.49 seconds and Barbados' Shane Brathwaite was third in 13.52 seconds.

Former World Champion Daniel Williams was second in the 100m hurdles in 12.67 seconds (0.9m/s) behind world record holder Kendra Harrison, who won the gold with a championship record 12.55 seconds with Costa Rica's Andrea Vergas taking third with 12.91 seconds.

Jamaica's Yanique Thompson was sixth in 13.02 seconds.

National record holder Natoya Goule had to settle for silver in the women's 800m, running one minute 57.95 seconds, trailing home American Ajee Wilson, who took the gold medal in 1:57.52 seconds, with Cuba's Rosemary Almanzo Blanco taking the bronze in 2:00.15 minutes.

Jamaica's other entrant Simoya Campbell faded into sixth in 2:00.98 minutes after being in fourth position with just over 150 metres to go.

Long jumper Tasanna Hickling took the bronze with a best mark of 6.38m (0.5m/s) on her first attempt as Americans Sha'keela Saunder won the gold with 6.60m (-0.2m/s) and Quanesha Burks was second with 6.59m (-0.1m/s).

Kemoy Campbell was fifth in the men's 5,000m in 14 minutes 10.68 seconds.

Cannigia Raynor was also fifth in the men's hammer throw with a best mark of 64.83m, coming on his final effort as Costa Rica's Roberto Sawyers won with championship record 72.94m.

Clayton Brown ended his long season with seventh place in the men's high jump with a best clearance of 2.16m.

He entered the event at 2.05m and needed one jump to get over 2.10m, 2.13m and 2.16m but failed at 2.19m.

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