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No medals yet for Barbados

Sherrylyn A.Toppin in Bermuda

No medals yet for Barbados

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HAMILTON – There were no medals for Barbados in the first session of the 2012 LIME CARIFTA Games as athletes came face-to-face with the conditions in which they will have to compete in over the next five sessions at the National Sports Complex.
Tristan Whitehall and Romario Antoine both advanced to the final of the Under-20 boys’ discus, Whitehall finishing fifth with 44.04 metres and Antoine sixth with 41.91m.
Jamaica’s World Youth champion Federick Dacres took gold with 58.57m. Dean-Nick Allen of French Guiana was second with 53.50 and Jamaica won bronze through Ashinia Miller’s 50.37m.
The 100 metres went straight to the semi-finals this afternoon, so Mario Burke and Deon Hope will face their own test later tonight.
However, the saying as variable as the weather, took on new meaning here this morning.
Conditions were overcast, cold, and windy at first. But in the second heat of the Under-17 girls’ 400 metres, the rain came just as Tiana Bowen got on the line. That was no deterrent as the Under-15 newcomer raced to a new personal best of 57.06 down from 57.62 at Inter-School Sports.
Bowen advanced to the finals as did Tia-Adana Belle who looked under the weather in a pedestrian 59.31, fourth in her heat. The fastest qualifying time was 55.30 and 55.51 second, and Belle did 55.5 at the last training run on Monday night at the National Stadium.
Ramarco Thompson (52.34) and Ariko Small (52.53), both wearing black skins to try to beat the cold, also advanced to the finals of the Under-17 boys’ race. Their heats were run in the rain, but it stopped moments later when the Under-20 boys came to the line. The sun came out briefly, then the rain came again.
Shaquille Alleyne, who arrived on the island late Friday night, clocked 52.30 but that wasn’t enough to reach the final, ninth overall.
Nikolai Gall came through in third place in the second heat in 51.08 seconds, the last qualifier. Alleyne said the wind was “brutal” literally pushing you over as you came home.
The Under-20 girls’ race will be a straight final this evening.
The morning session belonged to Jamaica.
Demar Gayle won the Under-17 boys’ shot put with 17.31 metres, followed by Trinidad’s Kenejah Williams (16.75) and Drexel Maycock of The Bahamas with 15.67m.
Jamaica’s Jehvania Whyte took gold with 1.60m in the Under-17 girls’ high jump, the same clearance as Curacao’s Nargolis Statie who was second. Samara Spencer gave Jamaica the bronze with 1.55m.
They earned another gold through Sabina Allen with 12.18m in the Under-20 girls’ triple jump, while The Bahamas took silver and bronze with 11.62m and 11.43m by Tamara Myers and Anthonique Butler, respectively.
The Under-20 girls’ triple jump was still in progress.