Jones third in heptathlon
Barbados’ Akela Jones was in third place on 3 964 points after the first four events of the heptathlon at the Rio Olympic Games today.
In first position on 4 057 points was Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill while Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam was second on 3 985.
Today Jones placed second in the 100m hurdles, 10th in the shot put, fourth in the high jump and 13th in the 200 meters. Tomorrow she competes in her pet event the long jump, the javelin and the 800 minutes.
Jones delivered a strong performance in the high jump, clearing 1.89 metres, the joint third best height with defending Olympic champion Ennis-Hill but placed fourth because the Brit knocked down the bars on fewer occasions.
Jones returns to the track at 10.45 a.m. tomorrow Barbados time for the long jump.
Also tonight in a stirring climax to the shot put competition American Michelle Carter stunned champion Valerie Adams with a throw of 20.63 meters on her final attempt to win Olympic gold and deny the New Zealander a third successive title.
Adams, who would have become the first woman to have won three straight Olympic titles in an individual athletics event, was leading courtesy of her second throw of 20.42m when Carter stepped into the ring for the sixth and final time.
The world indoor champion launched the shot further than any American woman had before, giving herself two thumbs up before watching on as Adams could manage only 20.39 with the final throw of the tournament.
Adams took silver, as she did initially in London four years ago before Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of the title for a doping offence.
Anita Marton won the bronze with her final throw of 19.87, a Hungarian national record.