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Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts wins triple jump gold at Commonwealth Games

Shanieka Ricketts

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts set a new Commonwealth Games record en route to winning gold in the women’s triple jump.

Ricketts, a world silver medallist in Eugene last month, set her mark of 14.94 in the opening round at Alexander Stadium and it never looked like being threatened.

The 30-year-old’s closest competition came from silver medallist Thea Lafond of Dominica, who jumped 14.39, with England’s Naomi Metzger producing a personal best of 14.37 to win bronze.

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