Jamaica bag seven more medals at Pan-Am Under-20 champs
Jamaican athletes won seven more medals, including five silver on Saturday’s second day of the Pan-American Under-20 track and field championships at Estadio José Antonio Figueroa, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Abigail Martin in the women’s discus throw; Daniel Beckford and Asharria Ulett in the men’s and women’s sprint hurdles, respectively; Royan Walters in the men’s long jump and the women’s 4x200m relay team all won silver medals as Jamaica’s medal tally rose to nine after winning three on Friday’s opening day.
There was a massive disappointment, however, after the men’s 4x100m relay team was disqualified after initially finishing fifth in 40.62 seconds.
Martin took second in the discus throw in the morning session when she threw 55.47m to finish behind Canada’s Julia Tunks who won the gold medal with 56.98m while American Maddie Fey was third with 52.70m.
Beckford ran a personal best 13.52 seconds (0.6m/s) for second in the 110m hurdles, beating his previous best of 13.67 seconds set last month at the JAAA National Junior Championships.
American Blaise Atkinson won the gold with 13.46 seconds with Brazil’s Jose Mendez da Silva third in 13.55 seconds.
Ulett, who was in the 100m final on Friday, took the silver in the 100m hurdles after running 13.76 seconds (-0.7m/s) with Myla Greene of the USA just beating her with 13.70 seconds while Lays Rodriques Silva of Brazil won the bronze medal with 13.94 seconds.
Walters jumped 7.48m for the runner-up spot in the men’s long jump with Demario Prince just missing the bronze with 7.34m.
Juriad Hughes of the USA took the gold medal with 7.61m and his teammate Ashton Torns won the bronze with 7.39m.
The women’s sprint relay team of Ulett, 100m winner Alana Reid, Lavanya Williams and Tonie Ann Forbes clocked 45.23 for silver, the USA won with 42.88 seconds and Canada third with 46.15 seconds.
Dejanae Oakley was third in the women’s 400m, running 52.50 seconds behind the American pair of Christine Mallard — 51.88 seconds and Lauren Lewis — 52.06 seconds as Tonyan Beckford took fourth place with 54.30 seconds.
Shaiquan Dunn was third in the men’s discus throw with a best of 58.17m as Seth Allen of the USA won with 60.58m and Brendon See also of the USA was second with 58.32m.
Delano Kennedy was fifth in the men’s 400m with 47.88 seconds and Enrique Webster was sixth with 47.94 seconds.
Meanwhile, late on Friday, the Mixed 4x400m Relay team of Enrique Webster, Sabrina Dockery, Tarique Dacres and Oneika Brissett placed third with 3:25.03 minutes.