The Pan American Games started with an interesting women javelin final which Liz Gleadle won with 62.83m. But now O’Dayne Richards comes with a bang. He broke the Pan American Record to secure gold. The new record is now set to 21.69m.
The women javelin event of today’s Pan American Games was quite exciting already. The change in positions for the medals was quite intense. For the men’s shot put event the previous Pan American record by 21.30m set by Dylan Armstrong back in 2011 was even broken.
The Jamaican O’Dayne Richards opened the competition with strong 20.36m to take an early lead in the competition. Then there were two American shot putters following the Jamaican. Darrell Hill (20.10m) and Jonathan Jones (19.88m). The Argentine German Lauro, also one of the big favorites, fouled his first attempt.
During the second round German Lauro improved puts himself in silver position by tossing the 7.26kg ball to 20.24m. O’Dayne Richards did not think twice of letting anyone getting close to him, so he pushed a monster in his 2nd attempt. This monster toss of 21.69m is not only a new personal record for the Jamaican, but also O’Dayne broke the Pan American record, previously held by Dylan Armstrong.
The 3rd round was inundated with failed attempts. 8 out of 12 throwers fouled their 3rd attempts. Until the 4th round, no positions were changed anymore. The Canadian Timothy Nedow improved his position to the 4th place with a 20m toss. Knowing that would not be enough he improved that 4th round throw during both of his last attempts. The 5th round was the best to secure the silver medal with a new season best of 20.53m. In the end German Lauro had only one valid throw and could therefore not improve his position anymore. The same happened for Darrell Hill, he has only his 1st attempt of 20.10m which puts him 4th at the Pan American Games.
“I’m excited, I didn’t think I could throw that far,” said Richards, whose next-best throw was 20.50m. “I am hoping to do even better at the Worlds. My training hasn’t been going that great. Some meets are good, some meets are bad. But it’s good that it’s getting better.”