Jamaica has increased its medal count at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia after picking up three medals in the 100 metres on Monday. In the women's 100m, Christania Williams and Gayon Evans picked up silver and bronze respectively, while Michelle Lee Ayhe of Trinidad and Tobago is the new women's 100m champion.
Yohan Blake picked up bronze in the men’s 100m as South Africa took the 1-2 with Akani Simbini and Henrick Brunties getting gold and silver. Jamaican shot putter Odayne Richards missed out on a podium finish after ending 4th in that final. The 29 year old had a best throw of 20.80 metres.
This was 11 centimetres behind Tim Nedow who clinched the bronze with his last throw. World outdoor and indoor champion Thomas Walsh of New Zealand is now the Commonwealth champion as he threw 21.41 metres to win the event. Jamaica's other representative in this event, Ashinia Miller, finished 7th with a best throw of 19. 68m.
Jamaica will have three athletes in the final of the men’s 110m hurdles on Tuesday as Dejour Rusell, Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment will compete in the final.
World Indoor champion Andrew Pozzi of England has the fastest time going into the final as he posted 13.29 in the heats. Russell finished 4th that heat with a time of 13.64 seconds but he advanced to the final based on time.
Parchment was the quickest of the Jamaican trio, as he got into the final with a time of 13.30. Ronald Levy finished behind the 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist in 13.35. Jamaica won the gold in this event in 2014 where Andrew Riley took the title.
Javon Francis, Demish Gaye and Rusheen McDonald have also booked their spots into the final of the men’s 400m which will be contested on Tuesday. In lawn bowls, Jamaica's Andrew Newell had a tough start in the men’s singles event were he fell to Shannon McIlroy of New Zealand 21-0. He will be looking to bounce back later on Monday when he faces Cephas Kimani of Kenya.
Elsewhere, Jamaican boxer Ian Darby had an early exit from the men’s light heavyweight division of 81 kilograms, going down to Aato Plodzicki of Samoa.
In shooting, the Jamaican team of Dennis Nelson and David Rickman competed in the queens prize pairs event and finished 13th in the final. The gold went to the Parag Patel and David Luckman of England. Guyana was the highest of Caribbean pairs in this event finishing 11th overall.