National Trials: O'Dayne Richards wins men's shot put

KINGSTON, Jamaica— World Championships bronze medallist, O’Dayne Richards, won his ninth national title after taking first place in the men’s shot put with a mark of 19.58 metres on Sunday’s final day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Richards, who has a season’s best 19.91m set in Puerto Rico in mid-May, led from the first round as Calabar High schoolboy Kobe Lawrence, who was also second in the Under-19 section, took the runner-up spot with 17.67m while Brandon Gayle of St Jago was third with 16.23m.

Former Petersfield High thrower, Daniel Cope of Clemson University, won his first men’s hammer throw national title with a personal best 62.28m, beating national record holder Canniggia Raynor, who threw 60.09m.

Nayoka Clunis took the women’s hammer with a season’s best 67.35m, just outside her personal best 67.40m set two years ago.

Erica Belvit, who threw 67.66m earlier this year, was second on Sunday with 66.64 seconds while Marie Forbes was third with 58.24 seconds.

Paul A Reid

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