Jamaica secured its second medal of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England on Saturday’s third day of competition. Kimberly Williams leapt a new indoor personal best of 14.48 metres to grab silver in the women's triple jump final. Williams led until the fifth round when Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela produced a world-leading 14.63 metres jump to move to cop the gold medal.
Ana Peleteiro of Spain got the bronze, jumping a personal best 14.40 metres. Jamaica's second representative in the final, Shanieka Ricketts, was 10th with a leap of 13.93 metres. In other field event finals, O'Dayne Richards threw a personal best 19.93 metres in the men's shot put for 11th while Clive Pullen could only manage a 13th place finish in the men's triple jump with a leap of 16.13 metres.
On the track, Aisha Praught finished 6th in the women's 1500m final in a time of 4 minutes, 12.86 seconds. The event was won by Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba in 4 minutes 5.25 seconds. Laura Muir of Great Britain was second followed by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Tovea Jenkins, ran a personal best 52.12 seconds, for 5th in the women's 400m final behind American winner Courtney Okolo 50.55.
Another American, Shamika Wimbley finished second in 51.47 seconds followed by Great Britain's Eilidh Doyle with 51.6- seconds, a season's best effort. None of the two Jamaicans in the semi-finals of the men's 60m made it to the final. Everton Clarke was 4th in semi-final 1, posting 6.63 seconds, while KimmariRroach was 5th in his semi in 6.65 seconds.
The final was won by American Christian Coleman in a championship record 6.37 seconds. Overall on the day, Jamaica had six athletes competing in 5 finals. Meanwhile, on Sunday's final day only the women's 4x400m relay team and sprint hurdler Ronald Levy will be in action for Jamaica.
Jamaica’s men’s 4x400m team did not start in their heat won by the United States. The women's team won their event posting a season's best 3 minutes, 32.01 seconds to qualify. The women's 4x400m final will be run at 11:30 am Jamaica time on Sunday. Live coverage will be on Television Jamaica, TVJ Sports Network and 1spotmedia.com