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Russell strikes gold at Commonwealth Games

Janieve Russell traded her 2014 bronze medal for gold as she claimed her first international senior individual gold by winning the women's 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday. Russell stopped the clock at 54.33 seconds to take gold ahead of Eilidh Doyle of Scotland 54.80 seconds and Wenda Nel of South Africa 54.96 seconds.

National champion Ronda Whyte was 4th in 55.02 seconds while World Championship bronze medalist Ristannana Tracey ended in 8th with a time of 57.50 seconds. Jaheel Hyde also won his first senior medal in taking bronze in the men's 400m hurdles, posting 49.16 seconds. The event was won by Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands in 48.25 seconds. Another Jamaican, Andre Clarke was 7th with 50.08 seconds.

Sherieka Jackson ran a personal best 22.18 seconds for the runner-up spot behind Shuanae Miller Uibo of the Bahamas in 22.09 seconds. Elaine Thompson was 4th in 22.30 seconds while Shashalee Forbes got disqualified after ending 5th. Warren Weir finished 7th in the men's 200m. Jamaica's medal tally now stands at 15, with 4 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze.

Meanwhile, national champion Fedrick Dacres  moved into the final of the men's discus throw after registering 66.20 metres on his first attempt, comfortably over the automatic qualifying mark of 62 metres. His teammate and former national record holder Traves Smikle will join him in Friday’s final.

Jamaica will have three women in the 100 metre hurdles final on Friday as world champion Danielle Williams, former national champion Megan Simmonds and Yanique Thompson all made progress from their semi-finals. Williams clocked 12.69 seconds to win heat two ahead of teammate Thompson who crossed the line in 12.95 while Simmonds clocked 13.17 seconds for third in heat one. 

Natoya Goule will also contest the women's 800m final after she finished second in heat 2 in a time of 2 minutes, 00.74 seconds. Clive Pullen with 16.15m, is also through to the final of that event. Daniel Thomas-Dodd also book her ticket to the women's shot put final after recording 16.89m in qualification.

Jamaica's Dennis Coke and Katherine Wynter failed to move pass the round of 16 stage in singles action in badminton. Wynter was beaten 2-0 by Canada's Michhelle Li, losing 21-10, 21-7 while Coke lost out to another Canadian 21-10, 21-10.

Elsewhere, Yona Knight-Wisdom ended 9th in the men's 3m springboard competition. Knight-Wisdom scored 377.30 points, more than 100 less than the winner Jack Laugher of England who won with 519.40 points. Knight-Wisdom also finished 4th in the 1m spring board on Tuesday, with the event also going to the Englishman.



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