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Dominican throws seasons best at Commonwealth Games, fails to advance to finals

by: - April 10, 2018
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National shot put record holder Dillon Simon’s run at the shot put event in the 2018 commonwealth games came to an end, with Simon failing to advance to the round of the last 8 throwers.

Simon threw 17.99 meters in his first throw and then 18.44 meters in his second throw before fouling on the third throw.

The result left Simon with a distance of 18.44 meters which was short of the qualifying mark of 19.42 meters, finishing 10th out of twelve throwers.

The event was won by Tomas Walsh of New Zealand with a throw of 21.41 meters.

Simon made it to the finals when he threw a seasons best of 19.44 meters which he accomplished on his second throw of the event on Sunday, throwing 18.29 on his first attempt before tossing the seasons’ best to finish 3rd in Zone A.

Meanwhile, Dominican sprinter, Derick St. Jean ran a personal best but fell short of the finals in the men’s four hundred meters heat.

St. Jean eclipsed his personal best of 48.11 seconds, with his run on Sunday of 47.27 seconds but failed to make it into the semifinal round of the competition.

According to a release form the press attaché, St. Jean, who was running in lane eight, had a good start before falling behind in the final 100 meters, placing 6th, in his heat.

In an interview following the race, St. Jean stated that while he is disappointed for not making the semifinals, he is happy with his new personal best.

“Well I’m disappointed you know, I didn’t go to the 2nd round but we were happy at the time, big drop…I went out and did my best. That’s what I said I’m gonna do…I mean I did not go to the 2nd round but I’m still happy at the time…so happy to see another day so I’m very happy right now.”