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Medal shortfall


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Medal shortfall

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With five more medalS Sunday night, Barbados wrapped up the CARIFTA Swimming Championships with 27 medals in The Bahamas.
The tally of nine gold, eight silver and ten bronze represents a significant drop for the Barbados team which won 48 medals (20-21-7) in 2010 and (21-14-13) last year.
Guadeloupe topped the points standings with 821.5, followed by The Bahamas on 657 and Trinidad and Tobago third with 648.
Jamaica won 63 medals, including 25 gold, while Trinidad and Tobago had 54 (26-17-11) and the hosts 49 (13-20-6).
On the final night of competition, gold medals went to Hannah Gill in the 11-to-12 Girls’ 400-metre freestyle in a time of 4 minutes, 45.35 seconds and Christian Selby with a time of 4:12.63 in the Boys’ race for the 13-to-14 division.
Sariyah Sherry won her third silver medal with a 2:34.40 clocking in the 13-to-14 Girls’ 200-metre backstroke and her third bronze medal in the 400 free in a time of 4:40.58.
She was also fourth in the 50 free in 28.49.
The other bronze medal in Sunday night’s final session went to Kimberley Willoughby with a time of 1:20.62 in the Girls’ 13-to-14 100-metre breaststroke and Kai Proverbs was seventh in 1:23.92.
Willoughby was also fifth in the 400 free in 4:47.72.
Several other swimmers made it to the finals, but came up short on the day.
Tiffany Titus was fifth in the 11-to-12 Girls’ 400 free in 5:00.84 and seventh in the 200 back in 2:48.08. She was 15th in the 50 free in 30.82 seconds and Gill fifth in 29.34.
Damon St Prix was sixth in the Boys’ 400 free in 4:48.84 and Kent Mullin 15th in 5:14.22, but neither St Prix (29.71) nor Jack Kirby (29.86) made it to the final of the 50 free, finishing 17th and 20th respectively.
Kirby was also 13th in the 100 breast in 1:30.81 and fifth in the 200 back in 2:37.32.
Alex Sobers had a tough championship in the 13-to-14 division, finishing seventh in the 400 free in 4:28.73 and 21st in the 50 free in 28.23.
Selby was 17th in the 50 free in 27.24 and 13th in the 200 back in 2:47.06.
There were no medals from the 15-to-17 division on the final night. Zabrina Holder was fifth in the 400 free (4:41.95) and sixth in the 50 free (27.87); Amara Gibbs was seventh in the 400 free (4:46.02) and missed the final of the 200 back with 2:35.82; Lee-Ann Rose was fourth in the 200 back in 2:28.68 and 14th in the 50 free in 29.29; Deandre Small was 11th in the 100 breast in 1:24.29.
Matthew Courtis was tenth in the 200 back in 2:21.37 and Christopher Courtis was disqualified in that event.
None of the teams in the 200 freestyle relays reached the medal podium.
The 2013 championships will be held in Jamaica.

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