Gold galore for Jamaica in Toronto

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The varsity stadium was buzzing with black green and gold, as the Jamaica's athletes secured four Gold medals on the second day of the 3rd NACAC Senior Athletics Championships happening in Toronto, Canada.

2018 Athletics World Cup champion and Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist, Stephanie Ann Mcpherson took full control of the women's 400, leading from gun to tape, and crossed the line in 51.15s  to secure the first gold medal for Jamaica. Her teammate Christine Day, 53.04s was good enough for  fifth in that event.

In men's equivalent Demish Gaye timed his race to perfection, sprinting by a tiring Bralon Toplin, who lead coming into the homestretch and Nery Brenes who also faded near the line, winning  gold in 45.47s. Fiztroy Dunkley rallied to clinched the bronze medal in 45.76s.

Handle Parchment produced another good effort to mine Gold in the Men's 110m hurdles final. The Commonwealth games silver medalist crossed the line in 13.28s (+0.4)  to pocket Jamaica's second medal in this event at these games.

The 2015 world champion Danielle Williams had to play second fiddle to world record  Keni Harrison in the women's 100 hurdles final. Harrison crossed the line in a new championship record time of 12.55s ( +0.9) to Williams 12.67s. Yanique Thompson  13.02 seconds was only good enough for sixth place.

In a drama filled Men's 100 final, Tyqendo Tracey held his composure, creating history as he romped to victory in a new championship record of 10.03 seconds. The MVP athlete's time erased Sheldon Mitchell record of 10.07s set back in 2015. Teammate Kenroy Anderson pulled up early in the race and didn't manage to finish the event.

Caribbean and Central American champion Jonielle Smith grabbed silver 1in 1.07 seconds behind USA's Jenna Prandini who won in a new Championship record 10.96s. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce faded badly in the last 30m to finish fifth in 11.18 seconds.

National record holder Natoya Goule went a step further than previous medal winner Kimara McDonald in 2015 as she finished runner up to USA's Ajee Wilson in 1:57.95s in the 800m final. Wilson won in 1:57.52 seconds. Simoya Campbell finished sixth in a creditable 2:00.98s.

Kemoy Campbell finished at the back of the five men field in the 5000m in 14:10.68s. USA's  Hassan Mead won the Gold in 14:00.18s.

In the field Long Jumper Tissanna Hickling registered 6:38m to pocket the bronze medal. The event was won by USA's Shakeela Saunders with 6.60m

Clayton Brown managed 2:16 which landed him seventh in the men's high jump final.

The nation medal tally stands at nine heading into tomorrow's third and final day of competition.



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