Aug 26, 2013
MEDELLIN, Columbia - Rising sophomore Jessica Gelibert of the Coastal Carolina women’s track & field team captured the bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in Medellin, Columbia. Gelibert represented her parents’ home country of Haiti where she holds dual citizenship. She won the lone medal for the country of Haiti with her performance.
Gelibert entered the race as the fourth ranked junior (runners under the age of 20) in the world in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.29 which she ran earlier this season. Three of the top four juniors in the world were at the event including Gelibert.
She opened up the competition with a third place finish in her qualifying heat which gave her an automatic bid into the finals. She ran a 58.13 finishing ahead of runners from Columbia and Venezuela and ran the third fastest overall time in qualifying.
Heading into the finals she trailed Sage Watson of Canada and Jade Miller of the United States who had both qualified with sub-58 second times. Watson is a runner at Florida State University while Miller is entering her freshman year at Harvard.
The finals ran just like the qualifying heats as Watson took the gold with a blazing time of 56.81 while Miller finished second at 58.12 and Gelibert came in third by just .08 seconds, 58.20. The next best competitor was over two seconds behind with a time of 1:00.23.