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Dacres and Thomas-Dodd strike gold at Commonwealth Games

Jamaica enjoyed its best day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after increasing its medal tally to 22 including picking up seven medals so far on day nine with gold from Federick Dacres and Danniel Thomas-Dodd in the men's discus throw and women's shot putt final respectively.
                 
It was actually a 1-2 finish for Jamaica in the men's discus final as Dacres threw a new games record of 68.20 meters to win ahead of compatriot and training partner Traves Smikle who threw 63.98 meters for the silver.

Thomas-Dodd, who won the gold for Jamaica at the World Indoor Championship last month, was at it again, taking the top spot with a new national record 19.63 meters. Thomas-Dodd finished ahead of former world and Olympic champion Valrie Adams of New Zealand who threw a season's best 18.70 metres for the silver.

Natoya Goule also ran gallantly for the bronze in the women's 800 metres final, clocking a new personal best 1 minute, 58.82 seconds behind South African winner Caster Semenya who posted a games record 1 minute, 56.68 seconds. 2015 world champion Danielle Williams 12.78 and Yanique Thompson 12.97, took silver and bronze in the women's 100m hurdles final.

Nigeria's Oluwatobiloba Amusan took the gold in 12.68 seconds. Paralympian Tevaughan Thomas also secured bronze in the men's T-47 100 meters clocking 11.63 seconds. Jamaica now lies in 11th place on the medal table with 6 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze. Jamaica's best ever haul came at the 2006 and 2014 games when the nation garnered 22 medals overall including 10 gold on both occasions.

 



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