Friday 24 May, 2019

Tracey wins 100m gold at NACAC Champs; Fraser-Pryce out of medals

Jamaica's Tyquendo Tracey celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m at the NACAC Championships in Toronto, Canada on Saturday.

Jamaica's Tyquendo Tracey celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m at the NACAC Championships in Toronto, Canada on Saturday.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished a disappointed fifth in the women's 100m final at the 2018  North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships in Toronto, Canada on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce, who was highly fancied for one of the three medals, came home in 11.18 seconds at the Varsity Stadium as her Jamaican teammate Jonielle Smith, the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games gold medallist, finished second for the silver medal.

Smith clocked 11.07 seconds as USA's Jenna Prandini won the gold medal in a championship record of 10.96, a few hours after the American had equalled Jamaica's Samantha Henry-Robinson's championship record of 11.01 set in 2015. Canada's Crystal Emmanuel finished third for bronze in 11.11.

Prandini's time also smashed the stadium record of 11.01 she ran in the semi-finals when she also beat Fraser-Pryce (11.25).

The 31-year-old Fraser-Pryce was attempting to win her first major medal after she missed the 2016-2017 season to have her son Zyon. 

Jamaica's Tyquendo Tracey took the gold medal in the men's 100m final, winning the event in a championship record of 10.03 seconds. Tracey's compatriot Sheldon Mitchell had the previous record of 10.07, which he achieved in 2015.

Tracey relegated the American pair of Kendal Williams (10.11) and Cameron Burrell (10.12) to silver and bronze.

Jamaica's other sprinter Kenroy Anderson did not finish.

Tracey's gold medal was the fourth for Jamaica on the day and for the three-day championships, which ends on Sunday.

Hansle Parchment won the first gold medal for Jamaica when he powered home to victory in the men's 110m hurdles final in 13.28 seconds to easily beat USA's Alec Harris (13.49) and Barbadian Shane Brathwaite (13.52), the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.

Quarter-milers Demish Gaye and Stephenie Ann McPherson won the other two gold medals for Jamaica.

McPherson outclassed the field to win the women's 400m final in 51.15, beating Canada's Aiyanna  Stiverne (52.00) and USA's Brionna  Thomas (52.19). Jamaica's Christine Day (53.04)  finished fifth.

Gaye won the men's 400m final in 45.47, while his Jamaican teammate Fitzroy Dunkley finished third for the bronze medal in 45.76. Costa Rica's Nery Brenes Carden (45.67) split the Jamaicans for the silver medal.

There were three other medals for Jamaica on the day courtesy of Tisanna Hickling, Danielle Williams and Natoya Goule as the country ended the day with nine medals to increase its tally to 10 (4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.

Hickling (6.38m) finished third in the women's long jump for bronze, behind the USA pair of Sha'keela Saunders (6.60m) and Quanesha Burks (6.59), who won gold and silver respectively.

Williams, Jamaica's 2015 World Championships gold medallist, finished second in the women's 100m hurdles final for the silver medal.

Williams clocked 12.67 as USA's Kendra Harrison, the world record holder,  easily won the gold medal in a championship record 12.55. Costa Rica's  Andrea Vargas Mena (12.91) finished third for bronze. Jamaica's Yanique Thompson finished sixth in 13.02 seconds.  

Goule also won silver, this in the women's 800m.

The 27-year-old national record holder came home in 1:57.95 for her second-place finish as USA's Ajee Wilson took the gold medal in a championship record of 1.57.95. Both athletes finished well ahead of Cuba's Rosemary  Almanza Blanco (2:00.15), ​who finished third for bronze. 

Goule and Blanco also dipped below USA's Chanelle Price championship record of 2:00.48, which was set in 2015.

O’Dayne Richards started Jamaica's medal tally with a third-place finish in the men's shot put final for bronze on Friday's first day of action.

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