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Dwyer, men’s sprint relay team triumph at NACAC Senior Champs – SprinTec Track Club
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Dwyer, men’s sprint relay team triumph at NACAC Senior Champs

Rasheed-Dwyer-Pan-AmRASHEED Dwyer in the men’s 200m and the men’s 4x100m relay team were winners on yesterday’s third and final day of the second NACAC Senior Championships held at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, both in new championships record times.

Dwyer, who was second in the half lap event at the Pan-American Games in Canada two weeks ago, clocked a championships record 20.12 seconds (1.8m/s) after a moderate start, while the men’s relay team blazed to an impressive 38.07 seconds, also a new record.

With a number of events including both 4x400m relays to come last night, Jamaica had won seven medals, including three gold after Shanieka Thomas had won the women’s triple jump on Friday’s opening day. A silver to Kamal Fuller in the men’s long jump on Saturday and three bronze medals in the men’s and women’s 400m events and the women’s 800m yesterday, where Kimarra McDonald won her first medal ever for Jamaica.

Dwyer, the Commonwealth Games champion, broke the old record of 20.17 seconds he held jointly with American Jordan Vaden, while Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic finished second in 20.28 seconds and Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis third in 20.47 seconds.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Mario Forsythe, Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey, and Sheldon Mitchell was impressive in their win, beating the old record of 38.99 seconds set in 2007 by the United States, as five teams ran faster than that yesterday.

The USA took silver in 38.45 seconds with Barbados third in a new national record of 38.55 seconds, beating the 38.94 seconds they ran two years ago at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

McDonald, who was aiming at a two-minute, 01.00-second time to join Natoya Goule and Semoya Campbell at the World Championships in Beijing, China, later this month, could only manage two minutes, 02.14 seconds for bronze in the women’s 800m.

She had looked set for the silver but was caught on the line by Mexico’s Gabriel Medina with 2:02.13 minutes, while the United States’ Chanelle Price won with 2:00.28 minutes.

All three were under the previous old record of 2:04.42 minutes that McDonald had set in the preliminaries two days earlier.

Ricardo Cunningham also failed to get the World Championships qualifying mark of one minute 46.00 seconds in the men’s 800m, as he was just beaten out of a medal after running one minute 47.14 seconds.

American Ryan Martin won the gold in a new championships record 1:45.79 minutes, beating his teammate Clayton Murphy with 1:46.38 minutes, with Trinidad’s Jamaal James third in 1:47.07 minutes.

Late Saturday, Kamal Fuller took the silver in the men’s long jump with a best jump of a wind-aided 7.90m (2.4m/s).

American Cameron Burrell won with 8.06m (-0.4m/s), while former Munro College athlete Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye of the Turks and Caicos placed third with 7.71m (1.1m/s).

Kerron Stewart was fourth in the women’s 200m in 22.80 seconds (1.3m/s) as American Kyra Jefferson won in 22.50 seconds, a new Championships Record. Trinidad’s Semoy Hackett took second with 22.51 seconds and another American Dezerea Bryant was third in 22.58 seconds.

The other Jamaican, Jodean Williams, finished sixth in 23.12 seconds.

Samantha Elliott placed fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles in 56.26 seconds behind the winner, American Tiffany Williams with 54.35 seconds. Second went to Trinidad’s Sparkle McKnight in 55.41 seconds and third to Cuba’s Zurian Hechavarria with 55.97 seconds.

Javarn Gallimore was sixth in the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.59 seconds; Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson won in a new championships record 48.70 seconds, while Cuba’s Jose Gaspar was second in 49.67 seconds, and Trevor Brown of the USA took bronze in 49.88 seconds.

In the men’s javelin that was interrupted by rain on Saturday and completed yesterday, Jamaica’s Orrin Powell and Orlando Thomas were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Powell threw 68.88m, while Thomas managed 66.99m as American Riley Dolezal won with 79.30m, ahead of Cuba’s Guillermo Martinez with 78.15m, and St Lucia’s Albert Reynolds with 77.71m.

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