Ready for CARIFTA 100m
HAMILTON – The disputed men’s 100 metres final of the LIME 2012 CARIFTA Games is scheduled to be re-run at 4:50 p.m. today (3:50 p.m. Barbados time) at the National Sports Centre, pending an appeal from Jamaica.
During last night’s final, silver medallist Jevaughn Minzie (10.33) of Jamaica appeared to get away with an obvious false start, chased to the line by compatriot Jazeel Murphy (10.31), while Shane Jones of The Bahamas was third in 10.41.
However, both The Bahamas and Anguilla, who were in fourth place with Zharnel Hughes, also with 10.41 seconds, immediately protested the result.
The jury of appeal upheld the protest and Minzie was disqualified. However, the Jamaica contingent immediately lodged their own appeal, the decision of which is yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, Barbados had no competitors in any of the finals which were contested this morning, but both Rhys Phillips and Lode Thompson were in action in the first two events of the heptathlon.
Phillips made an impressive start in the first of the seven events, winning the 110m hurdles in 14.50 second to earn 911 points. Thompson might have been right behind him. He was leading the second heat and seemed on course for a sub-15 when he struck one of the latter hurdles and tumbled over.
As the others passed him, he picked himself up and finished in 17.68 seconds, the last of the nine competitors.
Thompson appeared to put that behind him and came roaring back in the long jump with a best leap of 6.43 metres on his final attempt, second overall. Grenadian Kevin Cox had the best leap of 6.51 metres and Phillips was fourth overall with 6.24.
At the end of the two events, Phillips leads with 1 550 points, 97 more than Bahamian Charles Sealy, while Thompson is in eighth place with 1 237. They have the javelin and 200m in the evening session.
In the four finals contested this morning, Alexie Alais of French Guiana won hold in the Under-20 girls’ javelin with 47.17 metres and Trinidad won the Under-17 girls’ shot put through Chelsea James with 14.02m.
Trinidad also copped gold when Kenejah Williams unleashed a throw of 50.36m on the final attempt of the Under-17 boys’ discus and Jamaican Xavier Boland won the open boys’ pole vault at 4.40m, but failed to set a new record of 4.61m.
There will be numerous opportunities for Barbados to add to the medal tally this afternoon and tonight with the intermediate hurdles, 800m, 3000 and 4x100m relays to be run, including the appearance of Pan Am Juniors bronze medallist Kion Joseph.