Wayne Pinnock targets gold in Under-20 long jump

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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IAAF World Championships bronze medallist Wayne Pinnock will be seeking back-to-back gold medals and more when he lines up in the Under-20 men's long jump on today's second day of the 48th Carifta track and field championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman.

Pinnock has been in fantastic form this season, topped so far by becoming the first Jamaican schoolboy to go over 8.00m on local soil when he set a new Class One record and started a brand new era at the recent ISSA high schools championships.

He won at the Carifta trials held a week later and, with two weeks' rest since, should be back to his very best and could threaten the meet record 7.94m set in 1990 in Kingston by Cayman's Kareem Streete-Thompson.

Jordan Turner is the other Jamaica in the event, which will be one of 18 finals on the line as well as the completion of the multi-events, the heptathlon for the girls' and octathlon for the boys.

Additionally, the way has been cleared for IAAF World Under-20 sprint double champion Briana Williams to attempt back-to-back doubles after winning the Under-17 last year.

Williams, the winner of the girls' Under-20 double at the Carifta trials, was in doubt for the double after the organisers scheduled all three rounds of the event for today after two rounds of the 100m yesterday.

Because of insufficient entries, only two rounds of the half-lap event will be contested, semi-finals and finals, and the decision was made on Friday evening that the Florida-based 17-year-old would take part.

Joanne Reid will accompany Williams in the Under-20 200m, while 14-year-old Carletta Bernard, who false-started in the Under-17 100m first round yesterday, will get a chance to redeem herself when she lines up in the first round of the 200m alongside Brianna Lyston.

Xavier Nairne, a bronze medallist last year and who is having a breakout season winning at Champs and at Carifta trials, will take part in the men's Under-20 200m, along with the enigmatic Antonio Watson. Richard Nelson and Christopher Scott will be the flag-bearers in the Under-17 boys' event.

The only semi-final that will have two sections will be the boys' Under-20 in which Jamaica will have two outstanding performers in Kimar Farquharson and Tyrice Taylor, the “Champs” and Carifta trials winners, respectively, both of whom have gone under 1:49 minutes this year and are ranked in the top five in the world at the Under-20 level.

J'Voughn Blake and Adrian Nethersole will represent Jamaica in the men's Under-17 section; Jodyann Mitchell and Kishay Rowe are entered in the girls' Under-17 section, and Cherice Cope and Abigail Schaafe in the Under-20 girls'.

The fields in the 400m hurdles are small and all four will be straight finals in which Jamaica will have competitors in each of the four races.

Jayden Brown and Sharvis Simmonds will line up in a field of five in the Under-17 boys; Shamar Brown is one of six starters down for the boys' Under-20; Quaycian Davis and Sashel Reid are in the Under-17 girls, while Shaquena Foote and Johnelle Thomas will contest the Under-20 girls' final.

Paula-Ann Chambers and Kay-Lagay Clarke will seek medals in the Under-17 girls' long jump; Lotavia Brown contests the Under-20 girls' triple jump, while US-based Brandon Pottinger and Blaine Byam will contest the Under-17 boys' high jump.

– Paul Reid

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