Levern Spencer wins NACAC Championships gold for thrid straight time
Levern Spencer wins NACAC Championships gold for thrid straight time

TORONTO, Canada – Saint Lucian Levern Spencer made history at the NACAC Championships on Friday (10 Aug). Results link here

Spencer became the first athlete to win gold all three NACAC Championships. She cleared 1.89m to win the inaugural event in 2007 and today at the Varsity Stadium, tied her 1.91m 2015 record.

“I am excited,” she said about defending her title.
“The goal was to win and set a new championships record. My attempt at 1.94m was very close, but I am just happy to come away with the win and injury free.

American Elizabeth Patterson was the silver medal winner with 1.88m.

Richards wins a bronze medal for Jamaica

Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards took bronze in the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.89m. His teammate Ashinia Miller finished 4th with 20.85m, in the event won by United States’ Darrell Hill with a throw of 21.68m, a new championship and stadium record.

United States’ Deanna Price threw a record 74.60m for the top spot in the women’s hammer.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, 22.97, and Canadian Crystal Emmanuel, 22.83s, were the only two athletes to break 23 seconds in the women’s 200m first round.

Jodean Wiliams, also of Jamaica, 23.03, along with Trinidad and Tobago’s pair of Semoy Hackett, 23.31 and Reyare Thomas, 23.62 are also in the final.
Ty’nia Gaither of The Bahamas, 23.37s, will also contest the final.

Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago, 20.74s, was the second fastest of the day. Canadian Aaron Brown led the way with 20.58.

Jamaicans Nigel Ellis, 20.76 and Jahnoy Thompson, winner of heat two in 20.79, and Barbados’ Jaquone Hoyte, 20.77, also secured their spots in the final.

Easy run for Williams in 100mH semis

Danielle Williams won her semi-final of the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.72s.

“It was an easy run; I wasn’t attacking and pressing on the gas,” Williams said.

Yanique Thompson, however, ran 13.17s for 4th in semi-final 2. Both Jamaicans are into the final.

Devynne Charlton of Bahamas, 13.07, is also in the final. American world record holder Kendra Harrison, 12.66s, was the quickest time of the day.

The men’s 110m hurdles final will have Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment, 13.42, Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite, 13.53, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ruebin Walters, 13.66 and Cayman Islands’ Rasheem Brown, 14.42.

Jamaicans Leah Nugent, 54.85 and Janieve Russell, 55.07s, are among the fastest qualifiers in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Sparkle McKnight of Trinidad and Tobago, 51.14 and Tia Adana Belle of Barbados, 57.67, are also into the women’s 400m hurdles final.

In the men’s event, British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster ran the evening’s fastest time of 49.16.
Jamaicans Annsert Whyte, who ran from lane one to win semi-final 2 in 49.56, is the second fastest qualifier.

Shawn Rowe, also of Jamaica, 49.91 and former Trinidad and Tobago’s world champion Jehue Gordon, 50.02, are also in the final eight.

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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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