2022 Commonwealth Games: Thea Lafond secures silver medal for Dominica in Women’s Triple Jump

Thea Lafond- a national record holder and world-ranked number 3 in the Women's Triple Jump Event, secured the silver medal for Dominica at the 202 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

2022 Commonwealth Games: Thea Lafond secures silver medal for Dominica in Women's Triple Jump
2022 Commonwealth Games: Thea Lafond secures silver medal for Dominica in Women's Triple Jump

Roseau, Dominica: Thea Lafond- a national record holder and world-ranked number 3 in the Women’s Triple Jump Event, secured the silver medal for Dominica at the 202 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The match was held on Friday, August 5, 2022, and Dominica managed to win their first medal in the games at the Women’s Triple Jump event.

In the first attempt, Lafond started off strong as he got a jump of 14.39 meters. The jump put her in second place after the first round concluded.

Further, in her second leap, Lafond missed her run-up and took off before the board. She recorded a leap of 13.70 meters. But Lafond managed to come back with a strong attempt in the third round with a record of 14.94. It ultimately leads her to 14.19 meters and the second spot in the medal round.

With an attempt of 14.25 meters, she completed her first jump in the medal round. Lafond recorded a leap of 14.04 meters in an attempt to chase 14.94 set by Ricketts. While attempting for the gold by chasing 14.95 scores, she came down to the final jump against England’s Naomi Metzger, who was just two centimeters behind her in third place.

Lafond, however, fouled her final attempt.

Despite the foul, she managed to secure the 2nd position to win the Silver Medal, her second Commonwealth Games Medal. The gold medal was won by defending Commonwealth Games Champion Shaniekha Ricketts of Jamaica, who set a new games record of 14.94 meters.

Wishes have been poured over Thea Lafond, and the first one came from Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit. He took to social media and extended warm greetings and wishes on her special day.

PM Skerrit noted,” Dominica’s Thea Lafond has secured a silver medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in the Women’s Triple Jump event.”

He added that the Government and People of Dominica extend congratulations to Thea on her achievement.