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Jamaica Ends World U-18 Champs With 8 Medals

RJR News / Jamaica had a strong finish to the last ever staging of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships after garnering three more medals; one gold, one silver and a bronze on the final day to take the nation’s tally to eight in Nairobi, Kenya. Jamaica secured two medals in the girl’s 100 metre hurdles with Britany Anderson proving to be the star.

Aided by a 4.1 metres per second wind, the Vere Technical High standout produced a cracking 12.72 seconds to defeat France’s Cyrena Samba Mayela who stopped the clock at 12.80. Dazsay Freeman secured bronze with 13.09.

By virtue of the wind, the 2013 World Youth best of 12.94 seconds by another Jamaican, Yanique Thompson, will remain. Meanwhile, the country’s other medal on Sunday came in the mixed 4×400 relay. The team of Shaquena Foote, Anthony Cox, Sanique Walker and Antonio Watson took silver in 3:22.23 seconds. Brazil held off Watson’s late charge to snatch a surprise gold in 3:21.71 seconds.

With the 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze, Jamaica ended seventh in the medal table topped by South Africa with 5 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.

Despite the medals, head coach Michael Carr admits it was a challenging championship from travelling to Kenya to the athletes adjusting to the different time zone and drastic shifts in temperature.

“We got 3 gold, 3 bronze and 2 silver; I think that at this time of our season, the medals we got was an achievement. Overall, I think we did fairly well,” said Carr. China and Cuba also had five gold medals each.

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