Jackson mines gold at PanAm Games
Assistant Sports Editor
Shericka Jackson brought Jamaica its fourth gold medal here at the Pan American Games in the Women’s 400m final this afternoon.
Jackson clocked 50.73 seconds to finish ahead of Mexico’s Paola Moran (51.02) and Courtney Okolo (51.22) of the USA.
Demish Gaye also earned a medal in the men’s event. He took silver in 44.94 seconds behind Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano (44.83), and ahead of USA’s Justin Robinson (45.07).
Rushell Clayton has been given the bronze medal in the Women’s 400m hurdles final after initially being declared the first runner up in the race.
This is because Canada’s Sage Watson, who had crossed the line first, had been initially disqualified. However, she won her appeal, to have been given the gold in a season’s best time of 55.16 seconds. Anna Cockrell’s 55.50 drops her to second and Clayton’s 55.53 places her third.
Jamaica’s updated medal count still reads 14, but now consists of four gold, four silver, and six bronze.
Kemar Mowatt had to dig deep for a bronze medal in the men’s event. He clocked 49.09 seconds, behind winner Alison Alves dos Santos who clocked a personal best of 48.45 seconds, while Amere Lattin was second in 48.98 seconds.