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Jamaicans bow into action at NACAC Champs in Mexico

Friday, July 05, 2019

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The Jamaican team is expected to get off to a good start in today's opening sessions of the three-day NACAC Under-23 and Under-18 Championships in Quarertaro, Mexico.

Twenty-eight finals are set to be contested in the two sessions today, 13 in the Under-23 and 15 in the Under-18, including all four of the 100m events for male and female in both age groups.

Additionally, today there will be the final in the long jump Under-23 for both male and female, the discus throw men's Under-23 and Under-18 as well as the 400m hurdles in all four sections.

The technical meeting was due to be held late yesterday, but Raheem Chambers and Nigel Ellis could line up in the men's Under-23 100m that will see the first round being run in the morning session.

National Under-20 champion Kemba Nelson will be in the Under-23 100m, while National junior record holder Briana Williams and Brandy Hall are expected to line up in the Under-18 girls 100m.

National Under-18 boys 100m champion Ackeem Blake and Conroy Jones will line up in the boys' 100m in Mexico today.

Jamaica will be well represented in the discus throws today with IAAF World Under-20 champion Kai Chang and NCAA runner-up Roje Stona set to contest the Under-23 event and should start favourties to take the gold and silver medals.

Shanice Love and Gabriel Bailey are the entrants in the Under-23 women event and they are also expected to mine silverware.

IAAF Under-20 bronze medallist Wayne Pinnock will seek to win the men's Under-23 long jump where he will be joined by Shawn-D Thompson.

Additionally, today the semi-finals of the 400m will be run in the afternoon session, which will also see the finals of the Under-18 girls' shot put and the Under-18 boys' high jump.

— Paul Reid


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