Thursday 19 July, 2018

Danniel Thomas-Dodd strikes gold in Shot Put at Commonwealth Games

Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd.

Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd.

Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd continued her good form by producing a national record throw of 19.36 metres to win the gold medal in the women's shot put final at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Friday.

The 25-year-old produced the gold medal throw with her last shot, breaking a tie with 33-year-old Valerie Adams (18.70) of New Zealand, who was targeting a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games title in the shot put

Canadian Brittany Crew (18.32) finished third for the bronze.

Adams was coming back to competition for the first time since having her first child last year.

The Commonwealth Games gold for Thomas-Dodd came eight months after she won the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in London to capture her first global medal.

Fedrick Dacres, Jamaica's best ever discus thrower, also won a gold medal by taking the men's discus throw.

The 24-year-old produced a Commonwealth Games Record of 68.20 metres to take the victory, beating his Jamaican teammate and fellow Olympian Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) of Cyprus.

Dacres produced the Commonwealth Games Record on his third attempt after opening up with 65.55 metres.

There were two other medals for Jamaica in that session as Natoya Goule  ran a career-best 1:58.82 to win the bronze in the women's 800-metre final and Tevaughn Thomas, also won bronze, this in the men's T47 100m final in the Para-Athletics section

The world and two-time Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya won the gold medal to complete the middle-distance double, adding the 800 title to her earlier victory in the 1,500. She won both in games-record times.

Semenya narrowly missed the double at the world championships last year, winning the 800 but taking bronze in the longer race.

She didn't leave anything to chance on the Gold Coast. Semenya dictated the pace from the start of the final and maintained a commanding lead for the most of the race to finish in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds.

Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui, the Olympic bronze medalist, took silver in 1:58.07 and Goule finished third for the bronze.

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