Natoya Goule wins Pan Am 800m gold in Peru

By August 07, 2019

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won Jamaica’s second gold medal of the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday.

Goule prevailed in an intense 500-metre battle with Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza Blanco to win in 2:01.36.

Uruguay’s Deborah Rodriquez came from off the pace to finish third in 2:01.38.

It was Jamaica’s second gold medal in track and field following Fedrick Dacres' gold medal in the discus on Tuesday.

Earlier, Goule’s teammates Shericka Jackson and Demish Gaye advanced to their respective finals of the 400m.

Jackson eased to a comfortable 51.99 clocking winning her heat ahead of Roxana Gomez Calderon of Cuba who clocked 52.04 and Jadie Stepter of the USA (52.17), who also advanced as automatic qualifiers to the final.

Canada’s Kyra Constantine (52.92) and Guyana’s Ailyah Abrams (52.95) also advanced to the finals from that semi-final.

Barbados’ Sada Williams also qualified for the final after she finished third in her semi-final in 52.39.

Mexico’s Paola Moran Errejon won the heat in 51.58 while the USA’s Courtney Okolo was second in 52.31.

The men’s semi-finals produced a shocker as Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio, who seemed destined for the final suddenly stopped running about 20 metres from the tape and finished sixth in a disappointing 46.77s.

Colombia’s John Alejandro Colperlaza Zapata won the heat in 45.21 ahead of the USA’s Justin Robinson 45.38 and Johnathan Jones of Barbados (45.60). Dominica’s Luguelin Santos who finished fourth in 45.88 also advanced to the finals.

Colombia’s Anthony Jose Zambrano De La Cru won the second semi-final in 45.13 while getting the better of Grenada’s Bralon Taplin 45.38 and Jamaica’s Gaye 45.47. Wilbert London III of the USA who was fourth in 45.78s, also qualified for the final.

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