More Medals in the Black, Green and Gold bag!


By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

Delloreen Ennis London.jpgNational champions Delloreen Ennis London and Noveline Williams continued to bring success to Jamaica's rich track and field tradition, as they mined bronze in their respective events to increase the country medal haul to four on day five at the 11th International Amateur Athletic Federation ( IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Ennis London clocked a personal best 12:50 seconds as she finished third behind eventual winner and title holder Michelle Perry of the United States 12:46 seconds, with the silver medal going to the Canadian Perdita Felicien 12:49 in the women's 100 metres hurdles final. The other Jamaican in the finals Vonnette Dixon could only manage 7th place with a personal best 12:64.

Meanwhile in the women's 400 metres final Noveline Williams eastablished a season best 49:66 running out of lane 7, and leading for 365 metres, the gold seem certain, but Jamaicans all over the world were reminded at least for that brief moment while Noveline rushed towards the tape that 'you must not count your chickens before they are hatched' and Williams was caught at the tape by the British pair of Christine Ohuruogu the eventual winner 49:61 and Nicola Saunders second in 49:65.

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All the Jamaicans failed to progress to the final of the men"s 400 metres. Ricardo Chambers, Micheal Balckwood and Sanjay Ayre competed well but fell short of qualification. Blackwood's 45.65 in semi-final one was only good enough for eight place, Chambers was fifth in Semi-final two in 45.18 seconds behind the eventual winner Jeremy Wariner of the United States 44.34, while tradegy struck for national Champion Sanjay Ayre who pulled up in semi-final three and did not complete the event.

It was dissapointment for the defending champion Trecia Kaye-Smith who failed to progress to the next round of the Women's triple Jump, as she finished 13th in group A' with a leap of 13.47 metres.

So after five days of competition, Jamaica lies in ninth place on the medal table with one gold, and three bronze, still on course to equal or better the eight medal haul in Helsinki back in 2005.