Phillips leads heptathlon
HAMILTON – Barbadian Rhys Phillips is leading the heptathlon after the first two events, but Klode Thompson has some repair work to do after striking a hurdle and falling to last place here at the 2012 LIME CARIFTA Games yesterday morning.
Phillips took advantage of the bouncy track at the National Sports Centre with a fast 14.50 seconds to win the 110-metre hurdles and take pole position with 911 points after the first event. He consolidated with a fourth-placed effort of 6.24 metres in the long jump, leading with 1 550 points.
Charles Sealy of The Bahamas is in second place with 1 450 points, three more than Jamaica’s Darron Hunte.
Thompson had a fast start and seemed on course to run a sub-15 time when he suffered some misfortune, striking one of the final hurdles and falling. He got back up and finished in 17.68 seconds, losing more than 300 points.
He moved up one spot to eighth with 1 237 points after placing second in the long jump with 6.43 metres on his final attempt.
Kevin Cox of Grenada, who also had a poor outing in the hurdles, had the best jump of 6.51 metres and moved to sixth place.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago continue to do well here at the CARIFTA Games, winning two more gold medals in the morning session.
Already in the lead, Kenejah Williams secured victory in the Under-17 Boys’ discus with 50.36 metres on his final attempt, going after Fedrick Dacres’ record of 52.99 metres.
Drexel Maycock of The Bahamas was second with 45.35 metres and Shamar Kitson of Jamaica third with 44.34 metres.
Chelsea James and Protious Warren gave Trinidad and Tobago gold and bronze in the Under-17 Girls’ shot put. James had an impressive 14.02 metres and Warren 13 metres flat. Trevia Gumbs of the British Virgin Islands won the silver medal with 13.47 metres.
There were only four competitors in the Under-20 Girls’ javelin and French Guiana’s Alexie Alais secured the gold with a throw of 47.17 metres.
A best throw of 44.56 metres gave Martinique’s Sandrine Mezen the silver medal and Alexandria Paul of The Bahamas was third with 32.62 metres.
Having already secured the gold medal in the Open Boys’ pole vault after clearing 4.40 metres, the same height as last year, Jamaican Xavier Boland decided to go after compatriot K’Don Samuels’ record of 4.60 metres set four years ago, but he failed all three attempts.
St Lucia’s Shem Williams was second again with 4.05 metres after hurting his leg on one of the attempts and Bahamian Tre Adderley finished third, clearing 3.45 metres.