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No stopping Edwin Allen's Gayle

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMGleaner Writer
Demar Gayle of Edwin Allen High, winner of the Class One boys discus with a throw of 50.70 metres. 

Shayne Fairman

There was no stopping discus thrower Demar Gayle of Edwin Allen High School, who outclassed his competitors, even new Calabar High star Warren Barrett Jr.

Many expected Barrett to take top spot in his first year in the green and black outfit, but it was all Gayle, whose 50.70 metres took gold medal, yesterday.

Gayle's win came mid-evening on day three of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championship inside the National Stadium.

"I didn't doubt myself coming out here today to compete. I came here to win the gold," Gayle said.

"I was the favourite to win," he told The Gleaner.

His main rival, Barrettt, who made the move from Cornwall College to Calabar to land the defending champions gold provided no problems for Gayle.

"I wasn't worried about anyone. Warren Barrett is a first-year Class One thrower, so I wasn't intimidated by him or anyone else," he underlined.

Gayle has the Class One shot put event tomorrow and he sent a warning to his rivals.

"I hope to take both," he underlined.

Barrett threw 49.95m to claim the silver medal, while Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield High took bronze medal at a 49.65.

It was Gayle who made the biggest improvements though, as he moved from bronze at Championships last year, to gold, yesterday.

The Edwin Allen star had previously thrown a season best 58.25m in the finals of the Digicel Grand Prix.