Brown, Thomas bring junior Parapan glory

August 05, 2017
Tevaughn Thomas

Jason Brown won Jamaica's first track and field gold medal in history at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Junior Champion-ships in Nottwil, Switzerland, yesterday, claiming the top position in the T12 event.

Brown's gold brought Jamaica's medal tally to two, adding to a bronze won by Tevaughn Thomas on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Thomas won the bronze in the men's 200m T42-47 in 23.30 seconds.

The event was won by Kumar Aamit of India in 23.23, while the silver went to Austria's Alexander Pototschnig in 23.40.




Thomas made a start and was marginally ahead of the field coming off the curve. He was then passed by the much stronger Aamit and the fast-finishing Austrian in the final 20 metres of the race.

"I had a good start and was comfortable coming off the bend, but I guess the other athletes wanted it more. I am happy to have secured a medal for my country, family, and fans at home," he said.

Thomas made his international debut two years ago when he competed at the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

He delivered his best performance earlier this year at the Youth Parapans in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when he won silver in the men's 100m T46.

Thomas also participated in last month's World Para Athletics Championships in London where he ended tenth in the men's 100m T47 event.

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