Ja top Carifta table once more
ONE year later and it is the same story, as Jamaica's junior athletes proved once again that they are the best among their Caribbean counterparts. They dominated the 46th staging of the Carifta Games which came to an end yesterday in Willemstad, Curaccao. Jamaica picked up 14 gold, eight silver and seven bronze to total 29 medals on the final day. This meant they ended with 84 overall - 38 gold, 27 silver and 19 bronze.
Jamaica started off the final session on a bang, led by a smashing record run by Britany Anderson in the Girls' Under-18 100m hurdles to make it a clean sweep by Jamaica in the hurdle events.
All season, Vere Technical High School's outstanding hurdler has been competing against the wind, and yesterday it was no different as she showed her class once again in the event. Competing in a negative wind of 2.1 metres per second, she smashed the previous record of 13.29 seconds set by Jamaica's Janeek Brown in 2015, after winning the event in 13.16 seconds. Defending champion, Daszay Freeman made it a quinella for Jamaica after finishing second in 13.39 seconds, with Gabrielle Gibson of The Bahamas taking bronze, after finishing third in 14.07 seconds.
Amoi Brown, teammate of Anderson at Vere Technical, made it a quick double for Jamaica in the Girls' Under-20 event. Brown and her teammate, Janeek Brown had a very close battle throughout, but it was Amoi who came off the best off the final hurdle to win in 13.44 seconds, just outside the previous record of 13.42 seconds set by Jamaica's Samantha Elliot in 2010. Janeek finished second in 13.49 seconds with Laetitia Bapte of Martinique getting third in 13.79 seconds.
Both Calabar High athletes DeJour Russell and Orlando Bennett closed out the hurdle sweep for Jamaica by taking the Boys' Under-18 and Under-20 events respectively. Russell won the Under 18 110m
hurdles in a wind aided 13.19 seconds as teammate, Jeremy Farr took bronze after finishing third in 13.71 seconds.The athletes were aided by a positive wind of 2.4 metres per second.
It was also 1-3 for Jamaica in the Under-20 110m hurdles as Bennett, who clocked 13.60 seconds, took the gold, while teammate Alex Robinson was third in 13.72 seconds. Like he did a year ago, Tavonte Mott of The Bahamas took silver in 13.64 seconds.
Jamaica captured two of the 200m events and three in the 800m.
Michae Harriott took gold in the Girls' Under-18 200m in 23.73 seconds, and so did Michael Stephens in the Boys' equivalent, winning in 21.30 seconds as teammate Xavier Nairne took the bronze after finishing third in 21.58 seconds.
Sasheika Cameron picked up bronze in the Under-20 Girls' 200 metres in 24.28 seconds.
Cemore Donald defended her title in the Girls' Under-18 800m, winning in 2:11.28 as teammate, Shaquena Foote was second in 2:13.44.
Chrisanni May won the Girls' Under-20 event in 2:12.43 as teammate Kara Grant was third for bronze in 2:1721.
Kimar Farquharson (1:54.65) won the Boys' Under-18 event ahead of countryman, Tyrese Reid second in 2:13.44 . In the Boys' Under-20 event, Agerian Jackson finished second for silver in 1:52.07 as teammate Ackeen Colley failed to finish.
Following the disqualification of Jamaica Under-18 Boys' in the preliminary round of the 4x400m relays, it was three wins for Jamaica here.
The Under-18 Girls' quartet of Kimara Francis, Joanna Reid, Shaquena Foote and Sanique Walker won in 3:38.76, ahead of The Bahamas in 3:41.24 and Trinidad and Tobago in 3:43.05.
The Under-20 Girls' quartet of Kimora Muschette, Nicolee Foster, Shauna Salmon and Junelle Bromfield won easily in 3:37.95, ahead of The Bahamas in 3:59.37, and British Virgin Islands in 3:53.03.
However, there was a major upset in the Boys' Under-20 4x400m as Jamaica was beaten by Trinidad and Tobago. A fumble at the first exchange saw Jamaica having to play catch-up, despite a brilliant anchor leg for Christopher Taylor, who made up a big deficit but stumbling close to the finish line. However, Trinidad and Tobago held on to win in 3:09.32 as Jamaica finished second for silver, clocking 3:10.33.