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Joseph, Maloney qualify for World Juniors

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Joseph, Maloney qualify for World Juniors

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Another exciting chapter in the friendly rivalry between Barbadian hurdlers Kion Joseph and Tramaine Maloney has seen both qualifying for the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10 to 15.
As the races have played out recently, Maloney of Rising Stars did the early running last Sunday night at the CARIFTA Selection Championships at the National Stadium and appeared to be holding off Joseph in the Under-20 Boys’ 400-metre hurdles.
But true to the script, Joseph’s faster finish kicked in and he raced to victory over the last hurdle in 52.64, just outside his personal best time of 52.47.
Maloney stumbled near the finish, but still managed a personal best time of 52.89, down from 53.01.
Already CARIFTA qualifiers, they joined Akela Jones in qualifying for all three junior meets, including the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Juniors in El Salvador from June 29 to July 11.
The only other new qualifiers were Wibisco Stars’ John Haynes and Jerrad Mason of Rising Stars in the Under-20 Boys’ 800 metres, bringing the total to 16.
Haynes beat Mason for the first time in more than a year, clocking a personal best 1 minute, 52.75 seconds. Mason was second in 1:53.82, losing the race over the last 150 metres, clearly not fully fit.
All of the other qualifiers had already done so.
In the Under-17 Boys’ 200 metres, HPP’s Mario Burke came of age with a personal best 21.64 seconds. He picked up the stagger with ease on Freedom Striders’ Ramarco Thompson and blew out of the turn. Thompson fell off the pace and was second in 22 seconds flat, outside the 21.85.
Springer’s Jones hit 6.17 metres in the Under-20 Girls’ long jump; Tristan Whitehall of BC Trac did 16.14 metres in the Under-20 Boys’ shot put and javelin throwers Janeil Craigg (60.95) and Nicoliai Bovelle (59.89) were sound as usual.
Several others came close, none closer than Springer’s Jalisa Burrowes whose 5.54 metres in the Under-17 Girls’ long jump was just one centimetre off.
Parkinson’s Sonia Gaskin also impressed, running 2:11.27 in the Under-20 Girls’ 800 metres, a mere split seconds off the 2:11.15 standard, but she ran all alone.
Pius Emilien’s 9:37.78 was about eight seconds short in the Under-17 Boys’ 3 000 metres and Josiah Beckles of Freedom Striders with 57.97 in the Under-17 Boys’ 400-metre hurdles could probably make it with another push.
Allana Ince of Queen’s College clocked 44.08 seconds in the Under-17 Girls’ 300-metre hurdles and while it fell short of the required 43.5, it was the fastest time in the Caribbean to date in that event.
Rhys Phillips of Rising Stars finished with 4 424 points in the heptathlon, 76 points off the required 4 500 and Parkinson’s Shavonte Bradshaw needed another 355 in pentathlon, winning with 2 925.
There will be little time to rest, with inter-school sports, the last chance to qualify, starting tomorrow.