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The representation of Jamaica said goodbye in great style on the final day of the 18th edition of the World Championships in the junior category, which were held at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, by reaping a grand total of seven medals, including a gold one with a world record.
That medal came thanks to the 4×100 relay of ladies made up of Serena Cole, Kerrica Hill and twins Tina and Tea Clayton, who scored 42.94 seconds, a new U-20 world record, which erased Germany’s 43.27 in 2017. The podium was completed by Namibia with 43.76 and Nigeria with 43.90.
In the men’s relay, Jamaica was second with 38.61, a continental record for the category, thanks to the team made up of Alexavier Monfries, Bryan Levell, Andrew Gilipps and Sandrey Davison, only surpassed by South Africa (38.51, the U20 world record). Bronze went to Poland with 38.90, and Colombia finished fifth with 40.00.
Jamaica also achieved two silver medals in the 4×400 relay. In ladies Annalee Robinson, Aalliyah Francis, Aalliyah Baker and Daen Dyer scored 3:36.57 minutes, second only to Nigeria (3:31.46), while Italy was third with 3: 37.18.
In men’s, gold went to Botswana with 3:05.22, while the Jamaican runners-up were Malachi Johnson, Jeremy Bembridge, Tahj Hamm and Devontie Archer (3:05.76). Kenya took bronze with 3:05.94 and Ecuador was fifth with 3:09.32.
The rest of Jamaica’s loot came in the discus throw, thanks to Ralford Mullings‘ silver with 66.68, the 400m hurdles, where Devontie Archer was third with 49.78 seconds, and triple jump, where Jayden Hibbert was runner-up with 16.05.
In the medal table, Kenya was first with eight gold, one silver and seven bronze. Jamaica was the most prominent country in America, fifth with three first places, six runners-up and two bronze. Mexico was ranked 13th with 1 gold and 1 silver and Cuba was 15th with one gold and two bronzes.
The next edition of the Junior World Championships will be held at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in Cali, Colombia from August 2nd to 7th, 2022.