Rovane Williams and Shiann Salmon were in sparkling form on Friday’s penultimate day of Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships, destroying obstacle records in the process.

Rhodes Hall High’s Williams, who trailed Jauavney James into the homestretch, pressed on the gas pedal and raced across the finish line in 49.94secs, only the third ever sub-50 at Champs. The mark, in the second year of the event, beat the previous record of 51.37.

Jaheel Hyde, formerly of Wolmer’s, ran 49.49 and 49.01 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Malik James-King of Calabar also found some extra motivation in the straight away as he too got by the fast starting James – 50.03 to 50.07secs.

Salmon of Hydel was also brilliant in her timing as Vere’s Sanique Walker led the field into the straight. Salmon finished very strong in 55.78secs to beat Ristananna Tracey’s 55.81 2001 mark.

Walker, the early race leader, ended second in 58.03secs.

Dean Clarke of Calabar topped the Class 2 boys’ 400m hurdles in 52.67secs.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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