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The 46th Carifta Games begins in Willemstad, Curacao this morning and a strong Jamaican squad will begin their hunt for medals at 8 a.m. (Jamaica time).
More than 600 athletes, representing 26 countries, will participate at the three-day meet which end on Monday.
IAAF World Under-20 representatives, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High and Junelle Bromfield of the University of Technology, have been named male and female team captains respectively and manager of the team, Ewan Scott said yesterday that the athletes are ready for some big performances.
"The team arrived at around 10:30 p.m. in Curacao and there were no hitches as it was smooth sailing. All the athletes are in a good mood and there are no injury concerns and they are ready once again to give of their best," Scott told The Gleaner.
Following brilliant performances at the recent ISSA Boys and Girls' Championships, there should be another rich haul of medals by the country's athletes.
Edwin Allen High's Peter Gaye McKenzie who won the heptathlon event at Champs will be the first Jamaican to take the track when the morning session begins. She is down to compete in the first event of the seven-event discipline, the 100m hurdles. Fifteen minutes later, Kingston College's Donovan Thames, the Champs decathlon winner, will take the track in his first event in the Octathlon, the 100m.
Jamaica will be hoping to be among the medals early when Shaday Hudson and Danielle Slowly compete in the Under-18 girls' shot put finals at 8:30 a.m. The Under-20 boys' javelin will also take place this morning.
Main event on the track will be the semi-finals of the 400m where all eight Jamaicans will be hoping to advance to the finals set for later today. Those competing will be Sanique Walker and Kimara Francis (Under-18), Ramone Lindo and Antonio Watson (boys Under-18), Junelle Bromfield and Kimoria Muschette (Under-20 girls) and Under-20 boys Christopher Taylor and Dashawn Morris.
Following the opening ceremony at 2 p.m, the busy afternoon session will see action in the 100m semi-finals for boys and girls, and the 1500m finals.