Shanieka Ricketts leaps to silver medal at Pan Am Games

By August 09, 2019
From left: Gold medalist Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, left, bronze medalist Liadagmis Povea of Cuba, and silver medalist Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica celebrate after the women's triple jump final during the athletics the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. From left: Gold medalist Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, left, bronze medalist Liadagmis Povea of Cuba, and silver medalist Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica celebrate after the women's triple jump final during the athletics the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts required a personal best to get anywhere near the dominance of Venezuela’s Yulimar Ojas in the women's triple jump at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday. 

Ojas jumped out to 15.11 metres, a Pan American Games record which smashed the 14.92 set by Colombian Caterine Ibarguen back in 2011.

That was good enough to get the better of the Jamaican, who did as well as she could with the 14.77 representing a personal best.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea was third with a leap of 14.60 metres, while Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams, after her exploits in the high jump, was a disappointing fourth in 14.15.

The Caribbean was well represented in the long jump at the Pan Am games, with the Bahamas, Tamara Myers, 13.96, finishing fifth, the Dominican Republic’s Ana Jose, 13.70, finishing eighth, Cuba’s Fernandez Velazco, 13.32m finishing 10th and St Lucia’s Sandisha Antoine, 13.15, ending her day in 12th.

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