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National hammer thrower's Olympic participation in doubt

Report by RJRGLEANER Group Sports Reporter Jordan Forte

It is still unclear whether national hammer throw record holder Nayoka Clunis will accomplish her dream of representing Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Paris. It's understood that the Jamaica Olympic Association is trying to assist with the process.

Clunis who ended second at the National Senior Championships in June, has 1164 world ranking points as of Wednesday according to World Athletics website. She is ranked 29th in the world and in 29th place based on her biography data on the World Athletics website.

32 athletes in total will compete in the hammer throw, comprising a combination of athletes qualified by entry standard and world ranking.

On the world governing body's road to Paris portal which shows the 32 participants who have qualified for the women's hammer, Clunis' name does not appear on the list. Checks prior to this week showed Clunis among the 32 participants who qualified.

However, sources who asked not be identified, told Radio Jamaica Sports that it was an omission on the part of local officials which has caused Clunis not be admitted as one of the competitors.

Our sports team understands that the world governing body has since responded to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, saying it cannot guarantee Clunis' participation as the reallocation has already been done.

It says Clunis' participation now depends on whether another athlete withdraws from the competition.



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