St Lucia’s Levern Spencer clears big-meet bar with island’s first gold

By April 14, 2018

St Lucia’s Levern Spencer saved the best she’s done all season for the final day of track and field at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to cop gold at the Carrara Stadium.

Spencer cleared a season’s best 1.95 metres in the women’s high jump final at the right time, getting the better of England’s Morgan Lake, whose success at clearing the bar ended at 1.93 metres.

The gold medal was St Lucia’s first at the games.

Australia’s Nicola McDermott had to pull out a personal best to only just get onto the podium, her leap of 1.91 metres getting the better of Alyxandria Treasure of Canada after a countback.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Priscilla Frederick finished fifth with her effort of 1.87 metres, a season’s best.

The jump was good enough to get the better of another Aussie in Cassie Purdon, who cleared 1.84 metres for sixth.

Another St Lucian, Jeanelle Scheper was ninth with a jump of 1.80 metres, while Guyana’s Natrena Hooper was 12th with 1.75.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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