Jamaica win six medals on Day 2 of Pan American U20 Championships Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica won six medals on Saturday’s second and penultimate day at the 2023 Pan American Under-20 Championships in Mayag?ez, Puerto Rico.

The Jamaican medal haul was led by five silver medals earned by Abigail Martin, Daniel Beckford, Asharria Ulett, Royan Walters, and the women’s 4x100m relay team.

In the morning session, Martin clinched the silver medal in the women’s discus throw with 55.47m effort. Canada’s Julia Tunks took home the gold with a throw of 56.98m, while American Maddie Fey settled for bronze with a distance of 52.70m.

Beckford put on a strong performance in the men’s 110m hurdles, finishing second with a time of 13.52. He was outpaced by USA’s Blaise Atkinson, who secured the gold with a time of 13.46, while Brazil’s Jose Mendes da Silva took the third spot with a time of 13.55.

Ulett earned a clear second place in the women’s 100m hurdles, completing the race in 13.76. The event was won by USA’s Myla Greene with a time of 13.70, and Brazil’s Lays Rodriques Silva secured the third position with a time of 13.94.

Walters secured the silver medal in the men’s long jump with an effort of 7.48m. USA’s Juriad Hughes claimed the gold with a leap of 7.61m, while his teammate Ashton Torns finished third with an effort of 7.39m. Demario Prince, the other Jamaican participant, settled for fourth place with a jump of 7.38m.

In the women’s 4x100m relay, Jamaica’s team, comprising Asharria Ulett, Alana Reid, Lavanya Williams, and Tonie-Ann Forbes, secured a second-place finish, clocking 45.23. Reid, the world Under-20 200m bronze medalist, earned her second medal of the championships after previously winning gold in the 100m on the first day of competition. The United States dominated the relay, winning with a time of 42.88, while Canada secured the third spot with a time of 46.15.

In the men’s discus throw, Dunn secured the bronze medal for Jamaica with a best effort of 58.17m. Unfortunately, Ricardo Hayles, the other Jamaican participant, did not compete.

USA’s Seth Allen was in a league of his own, clinching the gold medal with an outstanding throw of 60.58m. Allen was the only competitor to achieve a distance of at least 60.00m, which he accomplished twice. His opening mark of 60.58m proved to be enough for the victory, and he closed the competition with a final throw of 60.53m. Allen’s exceptional performance gave him a comfortable margin of over two metres, as he outperformed fellow American Brendon See, who secured the second spot with a mark of 58.32m.

Jamaica won three medals on day one.