KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 28) – The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships – Champs 2023 – kicked off at the National Stadium on Tuesday, March 28, with record-breaking performances by Cedricka Williams of Holmwood Technical High School and Abigail Martin of St Jago in the Class I discus event for girls.
Williams set a strong tone by breaking the previous event record with a mark of 53.22 meters on her first attempt of the day. However, Martin improved on the record in the second flight of the qualifying round with a throw of 55.17 meters, also with her first attempt. Read more: How to watch Jamaica Boys’ and Girls’ Championships – CHAMPS 2023?
Williams, who owns a personal best of 56.21m, has thrown impressive marks this season and is expected to challenge the record again on Wednesday. Martin, who previously set a personal best of 53.59m, has shown that she is one to watch.
A win for Williams at the event would mark a significant improvement from her seventh-place finish last year, while Martin’s impressive performance has positioned her as a favorite to win the discus event at this year’s championships.
The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships – CHAMPS – is a highly competitive event that showcases Jamaica’s best high school athletes. It has also served as a launchpad for some of Jamaica’s most decorated track and field stars, including Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shericka Jackson, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
As the event continues over the next five days, spectators can eagerly anticipate more thrilling performances by young talents.