Calabar's Russell makes Jamaica's Commonwealth Games team

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

Outstanding Calabar sprint hurdler Dejour Russell is the only high school athlete to have made Jamaica's track and field team to the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast from April 4 - 15. Overall, Jamaica will be represented by 115 athletes in 15 disciplines with track and field having the largest team with 54 athletes being selected.

The 30-member men's team also includes defending 200 metres champion Rasheed Dwyer and reigning shot put champion Odayne Richards as well as former world 100 metres champion Yohan Blake, Rusheen McDonald, Warren Weir, Demish Gaye, Hansle Parchment and Fedrick Dacres. Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson headlines the female team of 24.

Also included is defending 400 metres champion Stephenie McPherson along with Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Ristanana Tracey, 2015 world 100 metres hurdles champion Danielle Williams and recent World Indoor Championship shot put bronze medallist Daniel Thomas Dodd. Meanwhile, women's basketball, netball and rugby sevens, each have 12 member squads

Jamaica will also be represented in aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, squash, table tennis and triathlon, while there will be first time representation in lawn bowl and wrestling whose lone competitor will be Kevin Wallen. Jamaican athletes will start departing on March 25 for the games.

Jamaica landed its joint highest medal haul of 22, comprising 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.




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