Bahamas’ Keyshawn Strachan wins NACAC U23 Javelin gold

Keyshawn Strachan wins Javelin Throw at the U23 NACAC Championships 2023 after throwing 78.37m. USA's Dash Sirmon and Braden Presser grabbed silver and bronze.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (July 22) – Keyshawn Strachan of the Bahamas clinched the gold in the men’s U23 Javelin Throw at the NACAC Championships 2023 after throwing 78.37 meters on Saturday’s (22) second day of competition. USA’s Dash Sirmon and Braden Presser also surpassed 70 meters today in picking up the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Strachan measured 65.76m and 68.42m in the first two rounds before delivering his best throw on the day with his third attempt that secured his victory, with a throw of 78.37m. He maintained his momentum in the fourth round, recording a throw of 71.33m, and ultimately won the title comfortably.

NACAC U23 Championships 2023Keyshawn Strachan wins gold!

1Keyshawn StrachanBahamas78.37 m🥇
2Dash SirmonUnited States75.28 m🥈
3Braden PresserUnited States72.60 m🥉
4Jose Alejandro Santana MelendezPuerto Rico69.20 m
5Dorian CharlesTrinidad And Tobago53.33 m

Strachan, a promising 19-year-old athlete, has shown significant improvement since his silver medal performance at the NACAC Championships in 2021. His return to San José this year saw him ascend to the top spot. The World U20 bronze medalist from the 2022 season boasts a season and personal best mark of 84.27m.

Meanwhile, the silver medal was claimed by USA’s Dash Sirmon, who recorded a throw of 75.28m, marking the second-furthest throw of his career. His compatriot, Braden Presser, started strongly, leading the competition in the early rounds before ending with the bronze medal with a best mark of 72.60m.

Other competitors in the field included Jose Alejandro Santana from Puerto Rico, who threw a distance of 69.20m, and Dorian Charles from Trinidad and Tobago, who recorded a measure of 53.33m.

Christopher George, reporting
Christopher George, reporting

Chris is a retired coach with many years of experience following track and field. Enjoys traveling with his wife, two children and grand kids.

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