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DeRosa finishes fifth with personal best

Impressive display: DeRosa threw 39.59 in Samoa

Tiara DeRosa produced a personal best throw of 39.59 metres but it was not enough to win a medal as she placed fifth in the discus final at the Junior Commonwealth Games in Samoa yesterday.

Sprinter Tahje Taylor finished sixth in his 200 heat in a time of 22.63sec which failed to earn him a spot in the semi-finals, while David Darrell failed to complete his race in the 800 heats.

DeRosa finished behind two competitors from England, Sophie Merritt, who won the bronze with a throw of 44.83, and Divine Oladipo who finished fourth with 42.44. Australians took the first two places, Kristina Moore winning the gold with a throw of 46.95 and Bianca Hansen taking the silver with a 46.20.

Taylor was competing in heat two of the 200 where the winning time was 21.49 by South African Tlotliso Gift Leotlela, followed by 21.75 by Michael Bentley of Jamaica.

Darrell was competing in heat three of the 800 where Leon Clarke of Jamaica had a winning time of 1:55.65.

Today’s final will be made up of competitors from India, Scotland, Kenya, England, Zambia, Jamaica and Kenya.

Also today, DeRosa will compete in the shot put against seven other competitors.