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Jamaica dominate Carifta...again

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 3:00 AMRaymond Graham

JAMAICA ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday's final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.

This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.

The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).

The girls' Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily, as The Bahamas (3:43.06) and the British Virgin Islands (3:47.43) had to settle for silver and bronze.

Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica's quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys' event in 3:12.54.

Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the Under-20 girls' event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73 ahead of The Bahamas, 3:48.96 with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.

WELL-CONTROLLED

Running a well-controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys' Under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.

It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country's athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls' Under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.

In the girls' Under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her teammate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given an identical time of 13.73 seconds.

It was disappointment for Jamaica's Dejour Russell in the boy's Under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false-starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas, who was competing for the first time for Jamaica, captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.

Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the Under-20 boys' 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.

DOMINATE 800M

It was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donald

in the girls' Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys' Under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships following wins in the 1500m on Saturday's opening day.

Donald clocked 2:10.66 for the win as teammate Chrissani May made it a one-two for Jamaica picking up silver in 2:13.90.

Parkes' winning time was 1:51.76 as team-mate Nathan Brown captured the silver in 1:52.99. Anthony Cox also picked up silver in the boys' Under-18 event after finishing second in 1:52.23.

Jamaica's other win came in the girls' Under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.

There was two success for Jamaica in the 200m as defending Under-18 girls' champion, Shaniel English retained her title, while Michael Stephens won the Under-18 boys' event.