Gleneve Grange has been added to the Jamaican team to compete at the IAAF World Championships to be held in London from August 4 – 13. The Florida State University junior was invited by the IAAF.
Though Grange fell short of attaining the Federation’s qualifying standard (17.75 metres) for this year’s world champs, she was invited based on her season’s performance and best mark coming close enough to the qualifying mark.
Her personal best 17.29m came in May in her silver medal winning performance at the ACC Outdoor Championships in May. It was an improvement of 1.50m on her previous outdoor best performance of 15.88m at the FSU Relays in March.
Grange has the third best throw of those who missed meeting the qualifying standard. The IAAF will send invitations to athletes who didn’t meet the qualifying standard in their respective events but are ranked in the top 32 in the world in order to fulfil quotas of entries for events.
The selection is determined by performancse throughout the season and how close the athlete came to meeting the qualifying standard.
The 21-year-old will join Danniel Thomas, who she finished second to at the JAAA National Senior Trials last month, in representing Jamaica in the women shot put in London.
Her selection is significant for the throws as it marks the first time ever that two Jamaican ladies will represent the country in the event at a World Championships.
The island also has three women who will compete in the women discus event (all attained the qualifying standard), which is also a first for the island at the World Championships.
The national record holder Thomas represented Jamaica in the event at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China and at the Rio Olympics last year.
She was preceded by Kimberly Barrett, who competed for Jamaica at the 2005 World Championships as well as the 2004 Olympic Games before switching allegiance in 2006 to represent Puerto Rico. Neither woman advanced to the final.
Grange, a discus specialist who once held the Jamaican national junior discus record, improved leaps and bounds in the shot put since going to Florida State.
Under the tutelage of FSU throws coach and compatriot Dorian Scott, she has improved by almost 3 metres from the 14.51m set back in 2014 while at New Mexico Junior College.