O'Dayne Richards opens Jamaica's NACAC medal count with shot put bronze

By August 10, 2018
Richards wins bronze in the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto on Friday. Richards wins bronze in the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto on Friday.

O’Dayne Richards won Jamaica’s first medal at the 2018 NACAC Senior Championships in Canada on Friday.

Richards, the 2018 CAC champion, threw 20.89m to win the bronze medal in the men’s shot put that was won by the USA’s Darrell Hill who threw 21.68m.

Canada’s Tim Nedow won the silver medal with his best throw of 21.02m.

Ashinia Miller, who won the silver medal at the CAC Championships in Colombia, was fourth with 20.85m.

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