Jamaica Sports News

Team Jamaica – 2015 IAAF World Championships – Day 6 morning/afternoon session

Written by Matthew Ross Boyer

Day 6 started out very positively for Team Jamaica after Fedrick Dacres easily qualified for the next round of the men’s discus throw with a 65.77 meter throw which was the best of both qualification groups. Let us hope Dacres can keep up the impressive showing in Beijing and bring home another medal for his country. The last event was the only other event of the morning that featured Jamaicans; Danielle Williams, Kimberly Laing and Shermaine Williams were all able to qualify for the next round in the women’s 100m hurdles. Later in the day, the afternoon session displayed the men’s 110m hurdles where Jamaicans Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod both qualified for the final of the event, while fellow countryman Andrew Riley fell just short of qualification. Next, after the women’s semi-final of the 200 meters, we know there will be a chance three Jamaicans can fill up the three medal spots in the final of the event after Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown all made it past their respective heats. The women’s 400m will have to go down as a disappointment for Team Jamaica after having half of the competitors in the final represent Jamaica and none finishing top two. However, Shericka Jackson did win a bronze medal for Team Jamaica while Christine Day (4th), Stephanie Ann-McPherson (5th) and Novlene Williams-Mills (6th) all finished behind Jackson in that order, consecutively. The biggest and last event of the day was the men’s 200 meter final, with another big head-to-head battle of Jamaican and world record holder Usain Bolt against American Justin Gatlin just days after Gatlin fell short to Bolt in the 100m. This situation saw the same result as Bolt was just too much for Gatlin yet again with them finishing with gold and silver yet again. Fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade also competed in the event but finished in the 8th and final spot. Team Jamaica currently sits in 3rd place on both the medal and placing tables after day 6 behind only Kenya and the United States.

About the author

Matthew Ross Boyer

Student at N.W.C.C.
Horn Lake High School c/o 2014
Aspiring sports journalist