Fraser-Pryce cops silver in women's 200m
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce delivered her second medal while Hansle Parchment was the surprise package as Jamaica’s haul at the London 2012 Olympics increased to 6 on today's day 6 of athletics.
Fraser-Pryce was hoping to make it double gold in the 100 and 200 metre sprints but her personal best of 22.09 seconds gave her the silver medal as Allyson Felix won the 200 metres in 21.88 seconds.
Back to back Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown had to settle for 4th position with her 22.38 second clocking while Carmelita Jeter took the bronze in 22.14.
Parchment then followed up Fraser-Pryce's feats with a historic landing of the bronze medal in the 110 metre hurdles in a new national and Caribbean record 13.12 seconds. The gold went to Aries Merrit of the USA in a personal best 12.92 with his compatriot Jason Richardson taking silver in 13.04 seconds.
Parchment had earlier broken the national record in the semifinals when he posted 13.14 seconds for second in heat 3.
Richards Phillips failed to complete semifinal two after crashing into a hurdle.
Beijing gold medallist Dayron Robles of Cuba failed to finish the final.
Kaliese Spencer meanwhile failed to medal in the women's 400 metre hurdles when she finished 4th in a season's best 53.66 seconds.
The race went to Russia’s Natalya Antyukh in a personal best 52.70 with America's Lashinda Demus second with her season's best of 52.77.
In the meantime, the big two, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, along with Warren Weir easily strolled into the final of the men's 200 metres.
Bolt the defending champion cruised to a 20.18 second clocking in semifinal 2 ahead of South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana who did a personal best 20.27.
Blake took semifinal 1 in 20.01 seconds as he slowed down in front of Wallace Spearmon who came in at 20.02.
Weir was also extremely easy in semifinal 3 easing down to be passed by a hard working Churundy Martina who won in 20.17 as Weir qualified in 20.28 seconds.
That final is set for Thursday along with the heats in the men's 4x400 metre and women's 4x100 metre relays.
There was no action on the track in the morning for Jamaica as Kenia Sinclair did not compete in the first round of the women's 800 metres event.
Sinclair was at the stadium to compete and while warming up felt an old knee injury acting up and asked to be scratched.
Jamaica’s medal tally now stands at 6 inclusive of 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze for 4th on the medal table and 3rd on the placings table.