Sprint relay sweep for Jamaica at Carifta Games 2015
Jamaica's athletes continued to improve on their medal count, adding 16 medals - including nine gold and six silver and one bronze - to bring their tally to 44 at press time on yesterday's third day of action at the 44th Carifta Games at the Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium in Basseterre, St Kitts.
All told, the Jamaicans have 23 gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals.
The Jamaicans closed the day by cleaning up in the 4x100m relays, winning gold in the girls Under-18, boys Under-18, girls' Under-20 and boys' Under-20.
The Boys' Under 20 team of Michael O'Hara, Raheem Chambers, Chad Walker and Nigel Ellis (running order) clocked 40.39 to win. Interestingly, the times for the other events were not available at press time, even though they were run before.
Earlier, Junelle Bromfield clocked a record 59.55 seconds to win the girls' Under-18 400m hurdles, erasing the previous mark of 59.72 held by her countrywoman, Shanice Cohen, set in 2014. Shanique Walker gave Jamaica silver in a time of 1:02.40.
Under-18 400m hurdles
Javauney James 53.18 was good enough for second in the boys' Under-18 400m hurdles, won by Bajan competitor Rivaldo Leacock, who led from start to finish in 51.34.
Jaheel Hyde added to his World Juniors, World Youth and Youth Olympic gold medals by delivering in the boys' Under-20 400m hurdles, posting 50.96 to win ahead of teammate Marvin Williams 51.11.
Andrenette Knight claimed the top prize in the girls' equivalent in 1:00.52, with Shannon Kalawan finishing second in 1:01.01.
Keemon Lawrence won the boys 3000m in 8:55.64 ahead of countryman Shemar Salmon in a time of 9:03.06.
In the field, Hydel schoolgirl Shiann Salmon cleared the bar at 1.73 metres on her first attempt to win the girls Under-18 high jump ahead. Salmon attempted 1.75m, but was unsuccessful. She beat out the Bahamas' Daejha Moss, with a height of 1.68m, and Krishona Juliana of Curacao, 1.65m.
In the boys' equivalent that was contested on Saturday, Lushane Wilson won the gold medal by clearing 2.11 metres.
Obrien Wasome mined silver in the Under-20 boys' long, jump, clearing 7.41m in a keenly contested gold medal showdown with Trinidad and Tobago's Andwuelle Wright, who cleared 7.44m.
Home town boy Nathaniel Huggins gave St Kitts/Nevis bronze with a 7/37m effort.
Jamaica won its only bronze medal yesterday in the Under-18 boys' triple jump, where Pakito Dudley hopped, skipped and jumped to 14.68m. The Bahamas' Tamar Green won gold with 15.21m, while Guadeloupe's Enzo Hodebar took silver with 15.11m.
The Jamaicans are expected to add to their medal tally today. Twenty-four finals will be contested on today's final day of action, including the 100m hurdles for Under-18 and Under-20 girls and the 110m hurdles for Under-18 and Under-20 boys; 200m for Under-18 and Under-20 boys and girls; 800m Under-18 and Under-20 boys and girls.
The evening's action will wrap up with the 4x400m relays for Under-18 and Under-20 boys and girls.
Saqukine Cameron clocked the fastest qualifying time 23.47 in winning semi-final one, to advance to this afternoon's final of the Under-20 girls 200m.
Chad Walker and Nigel Ellis won their heats to advance to the final of the boys' equivalent, Walker in a time of 21.07 and Ellis in 21.45.
Shaniel English has the fastest qualifying time advancing to the finals of the girls' Under-18 200m, as she clocked 23.88 to win semi-final three. Her St Jago schoolmate, Kimone Shaw, clocked 24.19 to win semi-final one.
Rushane Edwards posted 21.52 for second place in heat one of the boys' Under-18 race and was joined in the final by Xavior Angus, who clocked 21.63 for second in heat three.
Leon Clarke and Jauvaney James qualified for the final of the Under-18 800m, with the second and third fastest qualifying times of 1:58.30 and 1:59.93, respectively, after winning their respective heats.
In the Under-20 boys event, Paul Tate clocked 1:54.69 to advance from semi-final one, while Devaughn Smith advanced from semi-final two with a time of 1:56.09.