Nayoka Clunis to represent Jamaica at Athletics World Cup

The first Athletics World Cup takes place in London this weekend.

Nayoka Clunic competes in weight throw.

Image by Eric Miller, Gopher Sports

Nayoka Clunic competes in weight throw.

by Drew Cove

A Minnesota student-athlete will go to Europe to represent her country.

Nayoka Clunis, a member of the women’s track and field team for Minnesota, will compete at the first-ever Athletics World Cup in London this weekend.

Clunis will participate in the hammer throw event at the tournament and represent her home country of Jamaica. She finished first in that event at the Jamaica National Senior Championship last month. 

The inaugural tournament is a track and field competition between eight nations. The countries included are the United States, Jamaica, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Poland, Germany, China, France and South Africa. The top prize for the winning country is $2 million.

The competition features 34 total events between the two days, although Clunis will participate in only one.

Though she will just compete in the hammer throw, Clunis has done more events in her time with the Gophers.

The Kingston, Jamaica native competed in the hammer throw, weight throw, shot put and discus in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2018.

Clunis has been with the Gophers for one year; she competed for two seasons with Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas. The incoming senior will play one more year with Minnesota once the fall season starts.

Clunis and her country will start competition Saturday evening at London Stadium and play for the final trophy on Sunday.