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Russell and Watson land gold for Jamaica at World U-18 Champs

Commentary on the boys' 110m hurdles and boys' 400m

Dejour Russell and Antonio Watson capped a golden day three for Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-18  championships in Nairobi Kenya. Calabar High's Russell, the big pre-championship favourite, secured 110 metre hurdles gold in record fashion. Russell clocked 13.04 seconds to erase the previous championship record of 13.08 he had set in the heats. Compatriot Brithton Senior of Rusea’s did not progress to the final after clocking 14.05 seconds for 7th in his semi-final.

Meanwhile, Watson of Petersfield, struck gold in the boys 400 meters in a personal best 46.59. Watson joined Christopher Taylor in 2015 and Martin Manley in 2013 in winning the boys 400 metre title at the championship.

Compatriot Anthony Cox  just missed out on a medal after finishing 4th in 46.77. Shaquena Foote ended 5th in the girls 400 metres after posting 54.05 seconds behind Czech winner Barbora Malikova who clocked a personal best 52.74 seconds to win. Owayne Owens leapt a personal best 15.55 metres for 5th in the boys triple jump final.

Earlier, Wolmer’s Boys standout Xavier Nairne made progress to the semi-finals of the 200 metres after clocking  21.59 seconds for the runner-up spot in his heat.

100 metre bronze medallist Kevona Davis did not report for the girls 200 meters. It was tough going for Daniel Cope who ended 9th in his qualifying group in the boys discus with only one legal throw of 49.61 meters as well as Latavia Brown who placed 7th in her qualifying group of the girls triple jump after only managing a best of 12.45 meters. Jamaica's tally now stands at 4 medals, two gold and two bronze.



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