Dominican, Thea Lafond, secures bronze in Colombia

Thea Lafond in Colombia
Thea Lafond in Colombia

The Pan-American Junior Championships came to an end in Colombia on the weekend with Dominica securing a bronze medal in the female high jump competition.

Thea Lafond jumped a height of 1.76 meters in that category and also placed seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 12.57 meters.

Coach Godwin Dorsette said the high jump competition was difficult for Lafond “as she was made to be running between two events at the same time, something which one could say cost her the gold.”

Chelsey Linton finished her Heptathlon Competition with a national record for Heptathlon of 4,523 points bettering her 2010 CAC Juniors performance by 19 points. She came seventh in the Heptathlon event.

Her performance was hampered by a hamstring injury during the Shot Put event and decided to continue, even if she could not exert maximum force in any other of her four events.

Thus her performances in 200-meter, Long Jump, Javelin and 800-meter were way under what was expected.

The Pan-American Junior Championships was held in Medellín, Colombia from August 23 to 25 2013.

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16 Comments

  1. Free Thinker
    August 27, 2013

    Congratulations Thea, Dominica is proud of you!!

  2. August 26, 2013

    Congrate cuz keep up the good work

  3. me
    August 26, 2013

    Congratulations to both Athletes. Goes to show how our atheletes can succeed with help. I do not think that the young Linton should have been made to continue competing if she got injured, these injuries tend to worsen, and delay recovery. Do they have a health personel with them, to tend to their injuries? I bet know

  4. TooFree
    August 26, 2013

    Congratulations Thea… Olympics ahead..

  5. UDOHREADYET
    August 26, 2013

    Go for the Gold! once you start winning we will support you 100%. Yams, dasheen and provisions have natural steroids eat that every other day, eat/drink only natural foods… Island beef and fresh fish, train every every every every day even if its just your mind you training train. Bless

  6. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Go Thea – keep it up.

  7. Sylvester Cadette
    August 26, 2013

    Hi DNO Admin. I commented on this but my comments still “ÄWAITS MODERATION” – by whom? INTERESTINGLY IT WAS THE VERY FIRST COMMENT ON THAT ARTICLE !! Its amazing that very obnoxious comments get posted in quick time but wholesome thought must get moderated for a lifetime before it is posted. I just happen to revisit and notice the comment was not posted. My posting read thus:

    CONGRATULATIONS to THEA LAFOND on securing the Bronze Medal. CONGRATS to Chelsey Linton for demonstrating resilience and endurance, notwithstanding her injury. I wish her swift recovery. This is it girls – persist until you succeed, you were not delivered in this world in defeat.

    DOMINICA ! This is a clear indication we are well on the road to BRAZIL 2016. We must now ensure that we are not encumbered by the “Last minute syndrome”. Let’s forget also the constant bickering that characterizes our Sports Institutions in recent past. Let’s set aside the blame-game also!!!

    We have athletes to train – in endurance, speed, technique, nutrition, self-confidence, self-motivation, self-esteem, elocution and interview skills – the whole and complete athlete.

    So the challenge for the Sports Ministry, Sports Clubs, Corporate citizens and ALL OF US DOMINICANS is to now start their encouragement, their training and nurturing, their nutrition, health and well being.

    We must all resolve that heading to the Olympics in 2016 we Chant:
    Today DOMINICA BEGINS A NEW LIFE – WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!! DOMINICA ALL THE WAY TO RIO !!

  8. Ideall
    August 26, 2013

    congrats Thea, and coach Godwin

  9. %
    August 26, 2013

    Congrats Young Lady!

  10. Arbitrator
    August 26, 2013

    Congrats young lady, job well done. Keep up the had work it will keep paying off a lot more than you’d ever imagine.

  11. Roseau
    August 26, 2013

    congratulations!
    Even with none or little support from the Gov’t and nothing set in place for athletes in Dominica, You have shown us that you overcome these barriers and did your best.
    Keep the fire burning.

  12. Annonymoustoyou
    August 26, 2013

    Way to go Thea. You will get the gold next time.

  13. gwaj
    August 26, 2013

    Congrats! You make Dominica proud.

  14. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    :cry: Sad for Chelsey’s performance due to injury. I know she wanted to attain those 5000 points. Do not give up my dear…continue to strive for your other goals.

    Congrats to Thea!!!!

  15. Sylvester Cadette
    August 26, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS to THEA LAFOND on securing the Bronze Medal. CONGRATS to Chelsey Linton for demonstrating resilience and endurance, notwithstanding her injury. I wish her swift recovery. This is it girls – persist until you succeed, you were not delivered in this world in defeat.

    DOMINICA ! This is a clear indication we are well on the road to BRAZIL 2016. We must now ensure that we are not encumbered by the “Last minute syndrome”. Let’s forget also the constant bickering that characterizes our Sports Institutions in recent past. Let’s set aside the blame-game also!!!

    We have athletes to train – in endurance, speed, technique, nutrition, self-confidence, self-motivation, self-esteem, elocution and interview skills – the whole and complete athlete.

    So the challenge for the Sports Ministry, Sports Clubs, Corporate citizens and ALL OF US DOMINICANS is to now start their encouragement, their training and nurturing, their nutrition, health and well being.

    We must all resolve that heading to the Olympics in 2016 we Chant:
    Today DOMINICA BEGINS A NEW LIFE – WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!! DOMINICA ALL THE WAY TO RIO !!

  16. him i am
    August 26, 2013

    those are the things we should comment on but no, not one comment hmmm. well done young lady.

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