It was late on Wednesday that Jamaica won its first medal at the IPC’s Athletics World Championships now underway in Lyon France and Sylvia Cunningham delivered it in the women’s F57/58 discus competition.
Under the watchful eye of Coach Neville Sinclair, Sylvia, the Americas record holder, went into the ring well prepared and focused. She threw 19.85m for the silver with the gold going to Safia Djelal from Algeria with 30,53 and the bronze to CeCe Mazyck with 19.83m.
“One down, another to go and I’m going with the flow” said a confident Sylvia who moves onto her pet event, the discus competition on Saturday.
The Jamaican camp celebrated the silverware with shouts and a wheelchair dance between coach Neville Sinclair and Sylvia are looking forward to laying hold on gold when Alphanso “The Ambassador” Cunningham steps into the arena with the javelin in his right hand on Friday.
Today, Shane Hudson and David Bascoe will raise the hopes of Jamaica in the T46/47 men’s 400m when they take to the track in the semi-finals at the now revered Rhone Stadium in Lyon.