Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards won bronze on a day the USA won all Day 1 gold medals on offer at the NACAC Open Championships at the Grand Bahamas Sports Complex.

Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards won bronze on a day the USA won all the gold medals on offer at the NACAC Open Championships at the Grand Bahamas Sports Complex.

Richards’ bronze came in the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.05 meters. American Roger Steen topped the field with 20.78 over his teammate Adrian “Tripp” Piperi, 20.76.

Steen said they “had a competition”, and all the athletes “had a fun day.” He said his throw was “okay” but added that he “wanted to throw further, but it’s that time of the year that you have to give and take.”

Five championship records fell on Friday’s opening day #NACAC2022Results.

Vashti Cunningham was responsible for the day’s first record. She cleared the high jump bar at 1.92 meters to beat her teammate Rachel Glenn, who got over 1.84 meters.

“It was really good. I felt good out there today,” said Cunningham. “I wanted to jump another height, but my dad said it was a good day and I should shut it down,” she added. Guzman Ximena Lizbeth Esquivel of Mexico took the bronze medal with a clearance of 1.81. Jamaican Kimberly Williams finished sixth with 1.75.

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Laulauga Tausaga-Collins of the United States won the women’s discus in a new championship record of 62.18 meters. Ponce Denia Caball of Cuba took silver with 61.86 meters and Rachel Dincoff of USA bronze with 61.56.

Gabrielle Jennings set a new championship record of 9:34.36 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. She beat her teammates Katie Rainsberger, 9:40.74 and Carmen Graves, 9:44.68.

However, fourth place finisher Regan Yee of Canada, who crossed the line in 9:54.92, walked away with the bronze medal. Teams with more than the two standard entries will only get two medals. The official entry is two athletes per event, but teams are allowed to enter more for developmental purposes.

The two final events of the night saw championship records. Sean McGorty won the men’s 10,000 in 29:23.77 ahead of his American teammate Dillion Maggard (29:33.57). Canadian Andrew Alexander finished third in 29:33.73.

In the women’s 5,000m, Natosha Rogers took the top spot in a new championship record 15:11.68 ahead of her teammates Fiona O’Keeffe, 15:15.13 and Eleanor Fulton, 15:50.31.

Rebecca Bassett of Canada is the bronze medal winner with her 16:15.51.

The world hammer throw champion was upstaged when the USA’s Oregon22 winner Brooke Andersen, who could only manage 68.66 meters, was beaten by her teammate Janee’ Kassanavoid (71.51).

Andersen described the performance as “one of the roughest meets I ever had in four years.”

“It wasn’t exactly how I wanted to end my season, but being here in the Bahamas is a great experience. I felt I wasn’t prepared much more than what showed today, and it’s just unfortunate I didn’t get to hit a bigger mark.”

Meanwhile, Bahamian world 400-meter champion Shauae Miller-Uibo cruised to 50.84 in the opening round to advance to the final. Barbadian Sada Williams, the Oregon22 world bronze medalist, also qualified with 51.48.

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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.