Jamaicans Tiffany James and Junelle Bromfield win medals at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships


Yesterday, at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, held at Zawiszaw Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Jamaica’s Tiffany James (second right) won a gold medal in the women’s 400m final in 51.32 seconds ahead of the USA’s Lynna Irby (left) in 51.39 seconds; also from Jamaica, Junelle Bromfield (right) won a bronze, finishing in 52.05 seconds.

The two medals won in yesterday’s historic women’s 400m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at the Zawiszaw Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will lift the entire team moral and start the medals rush, head coach Danny Hawthorne has said.

“To get two medals in one race is a wonderful feeling and not just the medals but how they got it. They fought all the way and we are all pleased; it has lifted the team and hopefully it will spur us on to more medals,” Hawthorne told reporters.

He was speaking minutes after Tiffany James won the gold medal, the first ever in the event for Jamaica at the Under-20 level, and Junelle Bromfield took the bronze as both women fulfilled promises they had made to themselves this season.

The medals, Jamaica’s first of the championships, lifted the team to eighth in the medals table that is led by the United States with nine, including four gold, three silver and two bronze, followed by Cuba with three medals — two gold and a silver, while Poland, Germany and Kenya are also on three medals. [. . .]

Yesterday, James ran her second personal best time in successive rounds as she clocked a World Junior Leading 51.32 seconds in adding the gold to the bronze medal she won three years ago at the World Youth Championships.

It was the first gold in the event ever for Jamaica at the championships and added to three silver and two bronze medals won previously. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/James-claims-historic-gold_67965

[Photo above: Collin Reid, courtesy of Supreme Ventures and Courts. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/James-claims-historic-gold_67965]

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