Tyra Gittens Suspended for Methylphenidate Use, Stripped of Results Since June 2022
Tyra Gittens Suspended for Methylphenidate Use, Stripped of Results Since June 2022

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyra Gittens won the women’s long and high jump on Friday’s (26 Feb) second day of the SEC Indoor Championships in Arkansas, USA.

Gittens, representing Texas A&M, produced a lifetime best if 6.62 meters to take the regional top spot.

Aliyah Whisby of LSU finished second with 6.61m and Titiana Marsh of Georgia, third with 6.37m.

Gittens also achieved a personal best of 1.89m to win the women’s high jump final. She beat LSU’s Abigail O’Donoghue, who did 1.86m for second place and Anna Hall of Georgia, 1.86m. 

Jamaicans Phillip Lemonious and Damion Thomas, the World U20 110m hurdles champion, are into the 60m hurdles championship event.

Both won their respective heats in 7.68 seconds, but for Lemonious, it was a personal best. They are the fastest going into the final.

Daszay Freeman, representing Arkansas, also ran a personal best, 8.10s and will start the final as the second-fastest qualifier behind LSU’s Milan Young, 8.08s.

The other Jamaican in the event, Rosealee Cooper of Mississippi State, ran 8.15s to book her place in the final.

Carey McLeod and Ryan Brown, both Jamaicans, also achieved personal best efforts. McLeod, 8.25m and Brown, 8.12m, qualified for the men’s long jump.

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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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