Jones earns heptathlon gold
Earlier tonight, Kemar Jones stopped the clock at 4:50.11 in the 1500M, the final event of the heptathlon at this year’s CARIFTA Games. Last year, fate dealt him a cruel hand when he fell from first to fourth after failing to get a single point in the discus, but victory was oh so sweet this time around.
Unfortunately for Daley Carter, he fell from second to third, and then out of medal contention after finishing second last in the 1500m and ended with 4406 points.
Grenada took silver and bronze, Andell Joseph second with 4581, Toussaint Lindon third for the second year with 4544 points.
Dario Scantlebury jumped two spots up the podium to take gold in the under-17 boys’ 400m hurdles in his second fastest time ever of 54.23 seconds, Jahvere Worrell third in 55.42. D’Mitry Charlton (54.98) of The Bahamas separated the two Barbados.
Scantlebury he didn’t start the way he wanted, but he overcame that and was pleased with his performance although he was hoping to break the record of 52.75.
“On the backstretch, my teammate Jahvere Worrell, he usually runs from there so I said I would gauge off of him and depending on how fast he was running, I would move from 200 (mark). He was moving at a fairly fast pace so I only caught him about 150. From there it was just a turnover and keep momentum to get home,” Scantlebury said.
Tramaine Maloney shook off the effects of the flu to take bronze in a personal best 53.48 seconds, his first year in the Under-20 division. Omar McCleod of Jamaica own in 52.42 seconds.
In the closely contested Under-20 boys’ long jump, Charles Greaves won bronze with 7.11m. Genard Paul of Grenada was first with 7.19 and Jamaica’s Clive Pullen second with 7.11m. During the event, tempers flared in the stands, while technical official Esther Maynard of Barbados had to flex her muscles during the event, when popular artiste Movado began performing in the sponsor’s area.
Spectators streamed from the stands and across the track, a few walked across the runway in their haste to get to the concert, but Maynard went and closed the music off, much to their anger. The die-hard fans stayed and enjoyed a competitive long jump event.
With injuries knocking out both of the boys’ 4x100m relay teams, all of the hopes rested on the Under-17 girls and it looked like an upset was in the making. Akela Taylor gave Barbados a fantastic lead leg. Them Akela Jones streaked across the backstretch opening up the lead.
Unfortunately, she closed on Shakera Hall so quickly, the pass was never completed and the baton didn’t reach anchor Tristan Evelyn.
Jamaica won all four of the relays, with the Under-20 girls setting a new record of 44.08 seconds. (SAT)