Sylvia Fifth in Javelin
The Women’s Javelin F57 was the last event for Jamaica at the 2015 Para Pan American Games and Sylvia Grant was Jamaica’s representative.
It was a very competitive event and Sylvia closed Jamaica’s campaign in the metropolitan and diverse city of Toronto with a fifth place with a throw of 16.00 meters. The event was won by Mexico’s Karla Torres with a throw of 22.30 meters.
The curtain of the regional games will soon fall and when it does Team Jamaica will be able to reflect, with great satisfaction, on what was a very successful campaign by a six member team in garnering two gold medals,, two silver medals and one bronze medal.
Shane Sixth in Men’s T47 200m
Shane Hudson ran valiantly to place sixth in the Men’s T47 200m in a time of 22.90 which was won by Brazil’s Ferreira Dos Santos in 21.51 in a Pan American record
An unfair draw placed the tall Paralympian in lane one despite the fact that he went into thefinal with the fifth fastest time. The bend was therefore not easy to negotiate and he had to rely on his 400m strength in the straight to recover.
“Placing in the final was good and let’s see how the World Championships will go for I am soldier.
Coach Sinclair was disappointed with the lane draw: “Had he got an outside lane he would done better”
David Bascoe regrettably did not line up in the final as he suffered an injury in the semi-final and was advised not to compete.
Sylvia Season’s Best
Paralympian Sylvia Grant threw a season’s best (22.5m) in the Women’s Discus F56/57 in placing fifth in a formidable field.
It was a good performance from Grant who started the season late due to commitments overseas. She now turns her focus to the Women’s Javelin F57 on Friday where she will renew her bid for a championship medal.
JPA President, Christopher Samuda, lauded Grant for her mettle and determination and expressed optimism that Doha, where the IPC Athletics World Championships will take place in October, will be successful for her.
Team Jamaica’s medal count now stands at five – two gold, two silvers and one bronze – and will hopefully increase when Shane Hudson, David Bascoe and Sylvia Grant carry tomorrow the national flag.
Tanto “The Governor” Conquers
Tanto Campbell proved that he is a platinum champion as he stormed the Men’s Javelin F56 to decimate the competition.
This was Campbell’s first real international appearance and he confidently stepped up to the podium with tremendous panache.
“Gold, gold and gold” was his a cry after the event beneath a resplendent sun that mirrored the colour of the medal.
Campbell is better known in the discus event in which he has earned several medals and distinguished himself.
“I am proud, proud proud. Tanto and I spoke about the event quietly and we knew that he would be ready.”
In the Men’s 200m T47 Shane Hudson placed fourth in the first semi-final in a personal best of 22.81and has qualified for the final. David Bascoe ran in the second semi-final and clocked 23.76 for fourth place and also progressed
Team Jamaica continue to create waves at the 2015 Para Pan Games with valiant performances in Brand Jamaica style”
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