Salmon record highlights Carifta Day 2
JAMAICAN athletes continued their dominance at the 47th Carifta Games in the Bahamas with another fine display on and off the track. Following 23 medals on Saturday's opening day, the country's young athletes picked up 23 more medals yesterday, including 14 gold, seven silver and two bronze.
After winning all the 1500m events, it was another sweep for Jamaica on yesterday's second day of competition, with a record run by Shiann Salmon in the Under-20 girls' 400m hurdles.
The Corey Bennett-coached Salmon out of Hydel High School won the event in 56.22 seconds to erase the old mark of 56.29 seconds.
Drawn in lane six, Salmon was out very fast, covering her teammate, Sanique Walker, who was drawn in lane eight. Despite not having a smooth race, Salmon pulled away from her rivals for a convincing win as Walker, like she did a few weeks ago at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, had to settle for second in 57.97 seconds to give Jamaica a quinella in the event. Reandra Richards of St Kitts and Nevis finished third for bronze on 59.83 seconds.
Earlier, it was a perfect start on the track for Jamaica as Holmwood Technical's Calista Taylor won the girls' Under-20 400m hurdles in 1:01.04 minutes. Indira Braithwaite of the Bahamas finished second for silver in 1:02.27, with bronze going to Trinidad and Tobago in 1:02.56.
It was also gold for Devonte Archer and Rovane Williams in the boys' Under-17 and -20 events. Archer won easily in 52.86 seconds.
The senior boys' event was the most competitive among the obstacle events, but Rhodes Hall High School's Williams held his nerves to stave off the strong challenge from Barbados' Ramsey Angela, winning in 50.68 seconds to Angela's 50.75 seconds. Jamaica's Malik James-King of Calabar High School, who was earlier disqualified from the heats then reinstated, ran on strongly for the bronze medal in 51.00 seconds.
Christopher Taylor is the fastest qualifier going into the boys' Under-20 200m final. He looked quite relaxed, winning his heat in 20.65 seconds. He will be joined by teammate Xavier Nairne, who finished second in his heat in 21.13 seconds.
Rajay Morris, 21.15 seconds, won his semi-final in the boys' Under-17 200m, while Andre Bent finished second in his heat in 21.75 seconds to move forward.
Among the females, Briana Williams looks set for the sprint double after her 100m victory on Saturday as she was the fastest qualifier among the females in the Under-17 category after winning her heat in a personal best of 23.54 seconds. Teammate Sasheika Steele won her heat in 23.99 seconds to join her in the final.
Twenty-six finals will be contested today, with 18 on the track and eight in the field events.
Jamaica's current medal count:
Gold Silver Bronze Total
25 16 5 46