Jamaica adds silver, bronze in one-lap hurdles event

By August 08, 2019
Jamaica's Kemar Mowatt (right) leans toward the tape after Alison Alves Dos Santos of Brazil wins the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles final during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Jamaica's Kemar Mowatt (right) leans toward the tape after Alison Alves Dos Santos of Brazil wins the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles final during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Rushell Clayton and Kemar Mowatt brought Jamaica’s tally of medals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday to six.

Beginning the day with the high jump, Jamaica notched their first mark with Kimberley Spencer’s bronze in the high jump, before Megan Simmonds-Tapper did the same in the 100 hurdles. Shericka Jackson would bring the only gold medal in the women’s 400 metres, while Demish Gaye earned a silver all before the one-lap hurdles events began.

And as if spurred on by the earlier successes, Clayton, 55.53 seconds, ran a brave race to finish just behind the United States’ Ann Cockrell, 55.50.

Cuba’s Zurian Hechevarria Marten brought more silverware for the Caribbean with a third place finish in 55.85.

Barbados’ Tia-Adana Belle finished just outside of the medal placings with her 55.85 clocking, while another Jamaican, Ronda Whyte, running out of lane eight, found the pace too tough and finished seventh in 57.42.

Among the men, Mowatt ran a steady race and looked in clear position to land a bronze medal when all hell broke loose down the final stretch.

Running stride for stride ahead of Mowatt were Brazil’s Alison Alves Dos Santos and Dominica’s Juander Santos Aquino until the latter hit the second-to-last hurdle and went crashing out of the race, leaving the former clear to come home alone in a personal best 48.45 seconds.

But the silver medal that should now have gone to Mowatt wasn’t to be either, as the United States, Amere Lattin, coming off the final hurdle in third surged to finish in 48.98. Mowatt, who finished in 49.09 had no answer.

The other Caribbean finalists finished down the track with the Bahamas’ Jeffery Gibson fourth in a season’s best 49.53 and Cuba’s Leandro Zamora, seventh in 50.29.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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