Jamaica’s 2019 world outdoor silver medalist Danniel Thomas-Dodd opened her 2023 indoor campaign with a victory in the women’s Shot Put at the American Track League – Hawkeye Pro Classic in Iowa City on Friday, . The meet is part of the 2023 World Athletics Indoor Tour – Silver series.

Thomas-Dodd, who also secured a silver medal in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, heaved 19.12 meters in the opening round of the competition to secure the win.

Throughout the competition, Thomas-Dodd had marks of 18.53m, 18.60m and 18.77m in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds respectively. Her closest competitor was Rachel Fatherly of the United States, who had a best mark of 17.08m. Katie Fare of the United States came in third with a mark of 16.25m.

The rest of the field was made up of American athletes, with Kat Moody in fourth place with a mark of 15.94m, Lexi Hurst in fifth place with a mark of 15.29m, Emma Callahan in sixth place with a mark of 15.16m, and Myejoi Williams in seventh place with a mark of 15.15m.

Thomas-Dodd’s victory in the women’s Shot Put at the American Track League – Hawkeye Pro Classic is a strong start to her 2023 indoor campaign and she will likely be a force to be reckoned with in future competitions.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi emerged victorious at the Hawkeye Pro Classic men’s Shot Put competition, setting a new personal best of 21.20 meters. Enekwechi, a world and Olympic finalist in the event, was able to consistently throw over 20 meters, with his closest competitor, Roger Steen of the United States, throwing a distance of 20.59 meters for second place.

T’Mond Johnson and Eric Favors, both of the United States, took third and fourth place respectively, with personal bests of 20.10 and 19.99 meters. Lucas Warning of the United States rounded out the top five with a seasonal best of 18.69 meters.

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