COMMONWEALTH Games shot put champion, O’Dayne Richards, struck gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada yesterday.Richards won the event in a meet record and season best 21.69 metres. His mark beat the 21.30m set by Canada’s Dylan Armstrong four years ago in Mexico. Timothy Nedow of Canada was second yesterday with 20.53m as German Lauro of Argentina threw 20.24m for bronze. Raymond Brown of Jamaica was ninth with 18.39m.Earlier sprinters Sherone Simpson and Schillonie Calvert advanced to the 100m semi-finals. Calvert finished third in heat one in 11.27 seconds while Simpson was fifth in heat two in 11.18. American Barbara Pierre who won heat two in a personal best and meet record 10.92 is the fastest qualifier. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kellyann Baptiste won heat one in 11.07 while Claudia Silva of Brazil won heat two in 10.96.Both Jason Livermore and Sheldon Mitchell are also through to today’s men’s semi-finals after finishing second and fourth in their heats of the men’s 100m. Livermore clocked 10.09 behind the Canadian, AndrÈ Glass who won in 10.06. Mitchell was timed in 10.14 behind winner, Beejay Lee of the United States in 9.99.failed to advanceRistananna Tracy and Samatha Elliot both failed to advance to tomorrow’s final of the 400m hurdles. Tracy was fifth in her heat in 58.62 while Elliot was sixth in her heat in 58.30.Demar Forbes is in today’s long jump final. Forbes finished third in Group B of the qualifying round with 7.67m.Kimora McDonald will also run in today’s final of the women’s 800m. She was fourth in her heat in 2:07.72.
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