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Carter and Smith land 100m titles at CAC Games

2013 World Championhip bronze medalist Nesta Carter signalled his return to form as Jamaica had its most successful day at the Central American and Caribbean Games on Monday, adding four medals to its tally including three gold. Carter went into the final as favourite, having clocked the only sub 10 time of the games on Sunday, a wind aided 9.92 seconds.

An initial false start stalled proceedings for a while but that only delayed the inevitable as when they were finally sent off it was Carter who got off to his usual brisk start. It wasn't the sub 10 clocking he may have hoped for but 10.07 seconds was good enough for gold as compatriot Javoy Tucker ended 5th in 10.25.

Carter's gold was preceded by gold in the women's section as rising star Jonielle Smith took the event in a wind aided 11.04 seconds to win her first major senior title. Smith's compatriot Jura Levy ended 5th in 11.52 seconds. The race was aided by a 2.3 metre per second wind.

Earlier, national record holder Odayne Richards landed Jamacia's first track and field gold medal at the games. 
Richards threw a games record 21.02 seconds to win the men's shot put and was joined on the podium by teammate Ashinia Miller who took silver in 20.19 metres.

Simoya Campbell narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's 800m final. Campbell posted 2 minutes, 03.16 seconds, but was nipped by Sonia Gaskin of Barbados who did 2 minutes, 03.13. Another Jamaican, Fellan Ferguson ended 6th in 2 minutes, 04.13. Rose Blanco of Cuba won in 2 minutes, 01.63 seconds. Intercol champion Eric McKenzie ended 8th in the men’s equivalent, posting 2 minutes, 04. 0 seconds. The event was won by Jesus Alvarez of Mexico. The nation's tally now stands at 13 with 6 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.

 

 



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