Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Briana Williams, Wayne Pinnock secure gold at Pan Am Juniors

Seventeen-year-old sprint sensation Briana Williams.

Seventeen-year-old sprint sensation Briana Williams.

Seventeen-year-old sprint sensation Briana Williams and Kingston College (KC) standout Wayne Pinnock secured gold medals for Jamaica on day one of the 20th Pan American Under-20  Athletics Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica on Friday.

Jamaica ended the day in third place on the medals table with a medal-haul of nine, comprising two gold, three silver, and four bronze. The USA are leading the table with 20 medals (eight gold, seven silver, and 5 bronze) with Canada in second place with six medals (four gold and two silver).

Williams, who is based in the USA and coached by four-time Olympic medal winner Trinidadian Ato Boldon, won the women's 100m in 11.38 seconds, marginally ahead of Thelma Davies of the USA, who clocked 11.39 for second place. Brandee Presley, also of the USA, finished third in 11.41 seconds.

It was the second gold medal for Williams at a major championship in 14 days as the World Under-20 sprint double gold medallist won the Girls' Under-18 100m title in 11.11 seconds at the NACAC Under-23 and Under-18 Championships in Mexico. 

Pinnock won the men's long jump title with an effort of 7.82m to beat Philip Austin III of the USA, who also registered 7.82m. Pinnock's teammate at KC Shaquille Lowe won the bronze medal with an effort of 7.47m. 

Jamaica also secured two medals in the men's 100m through Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens.

The Jamaicans were outclassed by Matthew Boling of the USA who took the gold medal very easily in 10.11 seconds. Seville clocked 11.21 for second place and the silver medal, well ahead of Stephens, who came in third for the bronze in 11.34.

The Excelsior High pair of Ackera Nugent and Shantae Foreman won the two other silver medals.

The talented Nugent won Jamaica's first medal of the championships. She clocked 13.37 seconds for second place in the women's 100m hurdles, while her Jamaican teammate Crystal Morrison of St Jago High just missed the bronze medal with a fourth-place finish in 13.44.

American Jasmine Jones easily won the gold medal in a time of 13.20 seconds. Micaela Rosa De Mello of Brazil finished third for the bronze medal in 13.41.

Foreman leapt 6.13m for second place and the silver medal in the women's long jump won by Claire Bryant of the USA with an effort of 6.15m. Ijeyikowoicho Onah, also of the USA, finished third for the bronze medal with 6.09m.

KC student Akeem Cargill and Bovel McPherson secured the other bronze medals for Jamaica.

Cargill clocked 13.56 seconds to finish third behind the American pair of Eric Edwards Jr (13.11) and Tai Brown (13.36) in the men's 110m hurdles

McPherson ran a big personal best 45.97 but it was only good enough for third place and the bronze medal in the men's 400m, while his Jamaican teammate Anthony Cox finished fourth in 46.12 seconds. Justin Robinson (45.04) of the USA and Myles Misener-Daley (45.62) of Canada took the gold and silver medals respectively.

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