In a competition that lasted three hours, Londoner Alysha Newman won the pole vault gold medal Sunday at the Pan Am junior (under-19) track and field championships in Medellin, Colombia, and improved her own national record in the process.
The London Legion athlete soared a competition-record 4.40 metres on her first attempt to set a mark that, once officially verified, will be nine centimetres higher than the one she set last month in Toronto. (All Canadian track and field records are deemed “pending” until Athletics Canada receives the confirming official paperwork).
“I could not have asked for a better competition. I’m proud that I finished my (junior) year with a (personal best) PB, meet and (Canadian junior) record,” Newman said in a tweet released by Athletics Canada.
Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela also jumped 4.40, settled for the silver as she had more misses. London Western’s Robin Bone, who edged Newman at the nationals in mid-July, was fourth with a leap of 4.00 m.
Later Sunday, Newman’s Legion teammate Nicole Setterington was on the Canadian 4×100-metre relay team that won silver behind the U.S., clocking 46.13 seconds. Friday, Setterington earned silver in the 100 m hurdles with a personal best and Canadian under-18 record of 13.57 secs.