Commonwealth Games bronze for Sember and Perinchief, Scott fifth


BIRMINGHAM, England – A pair of Commonwealth Games bronze medals were won in Sunday’s final morning athletics session at Alexander Stadium by Cindy Sember and Jah-Nhai Perinchief, a pair of athletes who train in Fayetteville with the Razorback assistant coaches.

England hurdler Sember clocked 12.59 in the 100m hurdles while Bermuda’s Perinchief jumped 55-6.25 (16.92) in the first run of the triple jump. Sember trains with Arkansas women’s associate head coach Chris Johnson, while Perinchief trains with Razorback men’s associate head coach Travis Geopfert.

Perinchief equaled the previous best effort for a jumper from Bermuda as he matched the bronze of Arkansas alum Brian Wellman, who won Commonwealth bronze in 1994. Wellman was in Birmingham this week to help Perinchief .

Former Arkansas Dominique Scott, who competed in the evening session, placed fifth in the 5,000m final with a season best time of 15:07.50, scoring the best result and the fastest time for a South African runner in Commonwealth 5k history. Last Wednesday, Scott finished seventh in the 10,000m final.

In Cali, Colombia, Razorback Heidi Nielson finished 13th in the 5,000m with a time of 17:13.97 on Saturday, the final day of the U20 World Championships. Nielson was one of only four athletes to race the 3,000m last Monday on the first day of competition and the 5,000m final on the final session of the six-day competition.

The USA men’s 4×400 relay won gold in 3:04.47 against Jamaica (3:05.72) and Canada (3:06.50). By virtue of his participation in the prelims for Team USA, new Arkansas freshman Grant Williams also won a gold medal in the final performance.

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Perinchief led the Commonwealth triple jump after round one with his first attempt and was in second place after three rounds when the field of 14 jumpers was reduced to eight for the next three rounds.

India placed three athletes in the top four places in first, second and fourth places. Leading the trio was Eldhose Paul, who rode a 3.1 assist wind on lap three to reach a winning distance of 55-10.5w (17.03w). Paul’s second best effort was 54-6.75 (16.63).

Abdulla Narangolintevid moved on to silver in round five with a mark of 55-10.25 (17.02) with his next best jump measuring 55-4.75 (16.88). Praveen Chithravel finished fourth with a 55-5 (16.89), just 1.25 inches (3cm) behind Perinchief.

This competition marked the first gold medal for India in the triple jump as well as the second silver medal to go along with the previous three bronze medals.

The one centimeter difference between gold and silver is the narrowest margin in Commonwealth Games triple jump history. On three previous occasions – 1990, 2010 and 2018 – the narrowest margin was two centimeters.

The series for Perinchief followed with ratings of 54-3.75 (16.55), 54-8.25 (16.67), 51-9.25 (15.78), 54-11.5 (16 .75) and 53-10.5 (16.42).

Perinchief’s bronze of 55-6.25 ranks 18th on the Commonwealth Games all-time performance list with legal wind marks. Wellman ranks tied for 13th on the list with his 55-9.25 (17.00) from 1994.

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Sember’s 12.59 for bronze in the 100m hurdles ranks as the highest score for a Commonwealth Games berth, bettering the previous time of 12.97 from 2018.

Nigerian Tobi Amusan, who broke the world record this summer with a time of 12.12 in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Eugene, defended her Commonwealth title with a Games record 12.30 (-0 ,2 wind). Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas ran 12.58 for the silver.

The times of the three medalists were the fastest in Commonwealth Games history, surpassing previous best times of 12.65 by Brigette Foster-Hylton of Jamaica (2006), 12.67 by Sally Pearson of Australia ( 2010 and 2014) and 12.68 by Amusan (2018).

Scott was in the lead pack in the first half of the race as his split times included 2:58.5 and 2:57.1 (5:55.8) over 2,000m. Over the next pair of 1km splits, Scott dropped back to sixth at 3,000m with a split time of 3:01.1 (8:56.7) and was seventh at 4,000m with a time pass rate of 3:06.3 (12:03.0).

Over the final 1,000 meters, Scott moved into fifth place with a time of 3:04.4, covering the final 400-meter lap in 71.6, which included 34 seconds in the final 200 meters.

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan, who won the 10,000m earlier in the competition, led the field over 4,000m (11:50.20). She finished second in 14:42.14 behind a 14:38.21 for Kenyan Beatrice Chebet. Kenya’s Selah Busienei was third in 14:48.24.

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