By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Chantel Malone strung her best series together in two years during a competitive Pan American Games Long Jump battle on Friday night at York University in Toronto, and place fifth in the event, after the USA’s Sha’Keela Saunders leaped frogged her to claim the bronze medal with a mark .04 cms, better than Malone’s.
Malone, in her frist Pan Am Games, fouled her opening two jumps before she got going. She put herself into the final with a leap of 6.55m matching her 2014 best. The territory’s multiple event national standard bearer followed up with 6.53m before cutting the sand at 6.62, just .05 cms, off her career best, knocking Barbados’ Akela Jones who had lept a personal best 6.60m in her attempt before, to temporarily move into fourth place. Malone let leapt 6.52m to end the competition.
Veteran sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott ran a consistent series but found herself one position out of the final after running 11.18 seconds for fourth in her 100m semifinal heat. Harrigan-Scott ran 11.19 to advance—the first time in her storied career—that she had put two races under 11.20 in a championship event.
It wasn’t a good meet for Eldred Henry nor Karene King. Henry opened the Shot Put competition with an unlooked for 16.47m throw which he described as his ‘worst performance of the year.’ He then proceeded to foul his next two attempts and finished 12 overall. Two days later in the Discus Throw, Henry disappointedly fouled each of his three attempts.
King, coming off missing next month’s IAAF World Championships qualifier by .06 seconds with her season’s best 23.26 seconds over 200m while competing in Trinidad last month, could only muster a time of 24.14 seconds to finish eight in her heat.
In Europe, Ashley Kelly completed her tour in cold weather in Dublin, Ireland, finishing her 200m in 24.04 seconds.