Lawrence breaks national discus record again

By Sports Desk May 12, 2019
Jamaica's Shadae Lawrence. Jamaica's Shadae Lawrence.

Jamaica discus thrower Shadae Lawrence has broken the country’s national record for the second time in less than a month.

The 23-year-old Jamaican set the new national best of 65.05 after claiming top spot at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships on Saturday.  The distance was also a Colorado State collegiate record, the time the athlete is re-writing that mark in less than a month. 

Lawrence finished well clear of schoolmate Kelcey Bedard, who threw 55.82m for second spot, with Utah State’s Brenn Flint third in 53.47m.

At the SAC Relays a few weeks ago, Lawrence pushed past the previous Jamaica national best of 62.73m, set by Kellion Knibb two years ago.  On that occasion, the Jamaican was, however, forced to settle for second spot behind Brazilian Fernanda Martins who threw 64.16m to claim the top spot. 

Lawrence’s new record is the fifth best throw in the world this year.  The list is led by the USA’s Valarie Allman (67.15), who is followed by Cuba’s Yamie Perez (66.75), Claudine Vita (66.64) and China’s Bin Feng (65.45).

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