Jamaica strikes double gold on historic Day 6 of World Athletics Championship.
(Antonio Watson celebrates after snatching an historic Gold medal in the men’s 400 metres final at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest)
Antonio Watson and Danielle Williams both struck gold for Jamaica on a day when the country’s medal count increased to eight at the World Championships in Budapest Hungary.
This after Wayne Pinnock and Tajay Gayle grabbed silver and bronze respectively in the men’s long .
Watson, the World Youth champion in 2017 and formerly of Petersfield High School ran a brilliant race to snatch victory in the men’s 400 meters in 44.22 to become only the second Jamaican to win the event at the World Championship after Bert Cameron achieved the feat 40 years ago in 1983.
Williams, the 2015 Champion ran a stunning race to snatch victory in lane one in the women’s 100 meters hurdles.
Meanwhile, off the track Pinnock produced a best effort of 8.50 meters in the final and was only beaten for the gold medal on the final jump by Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou who leapt a world lead 8.52 meters.
2019 World Champion Tajay gayle took the bronze with a best effort of 8.27 meters to edge out fellow Jamaican Carey Mceloud.
The other medal on the day through Rushell Clayton who ran her heart out and in the process registered a lifetime best of 52.81 seconds.
The 30 year old Clayton, who trains with Coach Renardo Walcott at Elite performance Track, who was beaten for the silver by the American Shamier Little, who clocked a season’s best 52.80 seconds. .
The event was won by the outstanding and sensational Femke Bol, who took gold in 51.70 seconds.
The other Jamaican finalists Janieve Russell 54.28 seconds and Andrenette Knight 55.20 seconds finished down the track in seventh and eighth places respectively.
Jamaica now lies third in the medal standings with 8 medals, that is 2 Gold , 3 silver and 3 bronze….the United States leads the standings with 19 medals, 7 Gold , 6 silver and 6 bronze.
Defending champion Sherika Jackson remained on course for her second medal at the championships after easily winning semi final three in the Women’s 200 meters in 22.01 seconds ahead of Shacirri Richardson and Marie Jose Talou.
However, missing out on a spot in the final were Natalya White who ran 22.52 for third place in semi final one and Kevona Davis who ran 22.34 seconds for fourth place in semi final two.
Meanwhile both Andrew Hudson who ran 20.38 seconds for 5th place in his semi final and Rasheed Dyer who was sixth in his semi final in 20.49 seconds missed out on a spot in the men’s 200 meters final.
American defending champion Noah Lyles ran the fastest time of 19.75 seconds in winning his semi final .