Sunday 16 June, 2019

Jamaica win 82 medals to lift 34 straight Carifta Games title

Jamaican sprinters Ockera Myrie (left) and Donna-Ray Lee following the Girls' Under 20 200m final on Monday at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Myrie, of Petersfield High, won the race easily in 23.34, while Lee finished fourth in 23.88.

Jamaican sprinters Ockera Myrie (left) and Donna-Ray Lee following the Girls' Under 20 200m final on Monday at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Myrie, of Petersfield High, won the race easily in 23.34, while Lee finished fourth in 23.88.

Jamaica's junior athletes have secured the Carifta Games title for 34 straight years, winning the three-day championship every easily at the Thomas A Robinson stadium in Nassau, Bahamas on Monday.

The Jamaicans finished with a medal haul of 82 (44 gold, 27 silver and 11 bronze), just 4 less than the country's best ever haul of 86.

Hosts Bahamas were well beaten into second place with 35 medals (6 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze).

Trinidad and Tobago 17 medals (4 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze), Barbados 13 medals (3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze) and St Vincent 2 medals (2 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze) round off the top five in the gold medal table.

On the final day Jamaica won 33 medals (18 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze) after entering the day with 47 medals.

The final day was highlighted by the Jamaicans making a clean sweep of the sprint hurdles and the 200 metres.

A disqualification of the Girls' Under 20 4x400-metre relay team ruined a clean sweep for Jamaica.

The quartet of Janielle Josephs, Charokee Young, Sanique Walker and Shiann Salmon won very easily, but had their numbers taken down shortly in breach of IAAF Rule 170.6c, which speaks to "baton dropped not recovered by athlete who dropped it / lessen distance to be covered /not return to drop point."

The exchange between Walker on the third leg and Salmon on the final leg resulted in Walker dropping the baton. However, Salmon picked up the baton from the track and then powered home for the victory.

Hosts Bahamas, which finished second, was promoted to the gold medal in 3:41.63 seconds but hours later were disqualified and also placed out of the race.

St Vincent and the Grenadines, which finished third, were promoted to first and the gold medal in 3:48.24.

In the sprint hurdles, there were three record runs and one-two finishes in three of those finals.

Crystal Morrison started the gold medal sweep with a championship record run in the Girls' Under 17 100-metre hurdles. The St Jago High student came home in 13.11 seconds to erase the previous record of 13.51 held by another Jamaican, Melaine Walker  since 1999.

Morrison's teammate Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High finished second for the silver medal in 13.35, which also bettered the previous record.

Barbadian Sarah Belle took the bronze medal after coming home in 13.55.

Vashaun Vascianna secured the second championship record for Jamaica, clocking 13.60 seconds to win the Boys' Under-17 110-metre hurdles.

Vascianna's 13.60 clocking erased the 13.75 seconds recorded by Guadeloupe's Wilhem Belocian in 2011.

It was a one-two finish for Jamaica as Jahvel Granville (13.77) came home second, while Raymond Oriaki Raymond (13.94) of the Bahamas took third place.

Vere Technical student Amoi Brown delivered the other championship record run for Jamaica. She clocked 13.15 seconds to defend the Girls' Under 20 100-metre hurdles title and in the process erased the previous record of 13.42 set by another Jamaican, Samantha Elliott in 2010.

Dazray Freeman finished well behind for the silver medal in 13.39 to complete another one-two finish for Jamaica.  Freeman's time also bettered the previous record. Sasha Well (13.44) of the Bahamas finished third for the bronze medal.

Orlando Bennett secured the other sprint hurdles gold medal for Jamaica with victory in the Boys' Under 20 110-metre hurdles. The Calabar High student came from behind to catch Jeanice Laviolette of Guadeloupe. Bennett secured the victory in 13.35, while Laviolette clocked 13.52. Bahamian Oscar Smith (13.57) took the bronze medal, while the other Jamaican - Brithton Senior finished fifth in 13.76.

The impressive US-based 16-year-old sprinter Briana Williams started the gold medal sweep in the 200 metres with an easy victory in the Girls' Under 17 section to complete the sprint double.

Williams clocked 23.11 seconds for the victory to beat Trinidadian Shaniqua Bascombe (23.75) and Bahamian  Jaida Knowles (23.85). The other Jamaican, Sashieka Steele (24.13) finished fourth.

Rajay Morris (21.25) beat his Jamaican teammate Andre Bent (21.42) in the Boys' Under 17 200 metres.  Terrence Jones of the Bahamas came home third in 21.69.

Petersfield High student Ockera Myrie (23.34) completed an easy victory in the Girls' Under 20 200 metres, while her Jamaican teammate Donna-Ray Lee (23.88) finished fourth. French Guiana's Gemima Joseph (23.70) and Bahamian Devine Parker (23.77) finished second and third. It was the second individual medal for Myrie, who had won silver in the 100 metres on Saturday.

Calabar High standout Christopher Taylor completed the 200-metre gold medal sweep with an easy victory in the Boys' Under 20 section.

Taylor won in 20.38 seconds, while the other Jamaican, Xavier Naire earned the bronze medal in 21.07. Joel Johnson of the Bahamas finished second for the silver medal in 20.90.

Earlier,  Shaqueena Foote won the only gold medal for Jamaica in the 800 metres. The Petersfield High student clocked 2:07.56 seconds to easily beat her Jamaican teammate Chrissani May (2:09.00) of Holmwood Technical in the Girls' Under 20 800-metre final.

In the morning session, Jamaica secured three medals.

Lamara Distin logged a personal best 1.85 metres to win the gold medal in the Girls' Under 20 high jump.  Antonia Glenka of Curacao took the silver medal with 1.81 metres, while  Bernuda's Sakari Famous finished third for the bronze medal with 1.79 metres.

Jamaica's Annia Ashley also cleared 1.79 metres but had to settle for fourth place on count back.

The other two medals in the morning session came from Calabar High students Jordan Turner and Luke Brown in the Boys' Under 17 long jump.

Turner leapt 6.92 metres for the gold medal, while Brown secured the bronze with an effort of 6.87 metres. Trinidadian Savion Joseph, with a wind aided 6.89m (2.6m/s), denied the Jamaicans a one-two finish by just taking second for the silver.

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