KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 30) – Cedricka Williams of Holmwood Technical set a new meet record in the women’s discus throw event at the Jamaica Champs 2023, outranking other participants in the competition. Williams threw an impressive 57.84 meters, breaking the previous record of 55.17 meters set by Abigail Martin of St. Jago High earlier at the championships.
Martin secured second place with a throw of 53.81 meters, while Britannie Johnson of Camperdown High took third place with a throw of 50.69 meters. – Read more: Champs 2023 points standings after Day 2; JC and Edwin Allen lead
Williams dominated the competition from the start, showing impressive form and consistency throughout the event. She started strong with a throw of 57.84 meters, setting the tone for her subsequent throws, and also did 51.15m in the fifth round.
“I feel very elated. I am coming from a far way,” Williams said during her post-event interview. She added that the record-breaking performance wasn’t planned, but she was delighted with the final result.
Martin, who had held the previous record, set in the preliminary round on Monday’s opening night, put in a good effort as well with a throw of 53.81 meters, but was unable to match Williams’ gold medal performance.
The previous record of 53.04m, held by Fiona Richards of Edwin Allen since 2017, was being surpassed for the third time at Champs 2023. Williams also previously set a new mark of 53.22m, also in the preliminary round before Martin responded.
Johnson took third place with a throw of 50.69 meters, demonstrating her skill and determination. She narrowly missed out on second place, but her impressive performance earned her a spot on the podium.
The other participants in the competition also put in solid efforts, Britannie Johnson of Camperdown High throwing 49.70m and Rochele Solmon of Edwin Allen High doing 46.65m to round out the top five.