Commonwealth Games 2022: National record holder in the Women’s Triple Jump Event and world ranked number 3 Thea Lafond helped Dominica in winning the first medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on August 5, 2022 (Friday) in the Women’s Triple Jump event.
In the first attempt, Lafond started off strong getting a jump of 14.39 meters to put her in second place at the conclusion of round one.
Lafond, in her second leap, missed her run-up and took off before the board, registering a leap of 13.70 meters. But in the third attempt, Lafond got back stronger and, in her pursuit of 14.94 on her third attempt, got 14.19 meters which comfortably secured her spot in the medal round.
In her first jump in the medal round, she leapt 14.25 meters.
In her second jump, still chasing the 14.94 set by Ricketts, Lafond recorded a leap of 14.04 meters.
It came down to the final jump, Lafond needing 14.95 to secure the gold medal and also needing to pay attention to England’s Naomi Metzger, who was just two centimetres behind her in third place.
Lafond, however, fouled her final attempt.
Despite the foul, she was able to hold on to the 2nd position to win the Silver Medal, her second Commonwealth Games Medal. The event was won by defending Commonwealth Games Champion Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica, who set a new games record of 14.94 meters.
Lafond placed second and Metzger Third.