McPherson Brought the First Medal to Jamaica
After Belgrade hosted the European Indoor Championships a few years ago, this year the mentioned city got the opportunity to organize the World Cup. An enviable number of athletes from Jamaica are also participating in that championship. Jamaica had many more representatives in the women’s competition, while only three guys arrived in Belgrade. Just one lady brought the first medal for Jamaica at the World Cup. Stephenie-Ann McPherson won a bronze medal in the 400 race on Saturday.
McPherson won third place with a national record of 50.79. In front of her, the Dutchwoman Femke Bol and Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas, who won a gold medal, finished the race. McPherson was very disappointed that she did not win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics but has now managed to win the second major medal of her career after also winning a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Stephenie will have the opportunity to win a medal with her colleagues in the 4x400m relay race in the last race at this year’s World Championships.
McPherson lived up to expectations and won a medal while Danielle Williams disappointed all fans in Jamaica. Williams was one of the main favorites to win a medal but finished the competition already in the preliminary round. She hooked one of the hurdles and that completely knocked her out of rhythm, so she finished the race in seventh place. Britany Anderson was much more successful than her but in the end she also failed to win a medal as she finished fourth in the final race. Anderson was nine-hundredths behind third-placed Gabriele Cunningham of the United States with a time of 7.96. The silver medal was won by Devynne Charlton from the Bahamas while the best was Cyrena Samba-Mayela from France.
Briana Williams attracted a lot of attention from journalists in Serbia because of her attractive appearance. The girl who won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay race in Tokyo was in the spotlight and ended up in fifth place in the final with the best career result of 7.04. Milliseconds decided not to win a medal at her first World Indoor Championships. After performing in Belgrade, she wrote on Instagram:
“My first ever World Indoor Championships was definitely one to remember! Surely, i did want to leave with a medal but we can’t always have what we want. I came to the championships with the 5th fastest time and placed 5th overall in the finals but look at the times down to the milliseconds”.
Shericka Jackson achieved the same time in the race, and she also almost won a medal at the World Championships in Belgrade after the bronze medal in Tokyo. She also achieved the best result of her career. Gold was eventually won by Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland while Americans Mikiah Brisco and Marybeth Sant-Price won the remaining medals.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd took sixth place in the shot-put final with the best result of the season, 19.12 meters. The best was Auriol Dongmo from Portugal with 20.43 meters, while silver and bronze went to Chase Ealey from the USA with 20.21 meters and Dutchwoman Jessica Schilder with 19.43 meters. As for the guys from Jamaica, they didn’t have much success. Nigel Ellis took fifth place in the semifinals in the 60m race with a time of 6.65. In the same hurdles race, Ronald Levy took fifth place in his qualifying group with the best result of the season 7.76, which was not enough to reach the semifinals. Christopher Taylor failed to finish the semifinals in the 400m.