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Bumper evening for Team Barbados

Sherrylyn A. Toppin in The Bahamas

Bumper evening for Team Barbados

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NASSAU – Barbados had a bumper evening session, winning nine medals, including two gold, to jump several places in the medal standings when the CARIFTA Games continued yesterday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium yesterday.
The tally now stands at 11 – four gold, five silver and two bronze – and no one was more impressive than 14-year-old Rivaldo Leacock, who demolished the field to win the Under-17 boys’ 400 metres hurdles in 53.11 seconds.
Shrugging off his failure to advance to the finals of the quarter-mile on Saturday, Leacock was also chasing the record of 52.75 seconds after clocking 52.94 last weekend at the Falcon Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
He was so far ahead of the field, the commentator predicted no one would catch him, and the debutant punched the air in jubilation after crossing the finish line.
“I?am very thankful,” Leacock said after his win before thanking his coach, parents and The Lester Vaughan School.
Juwan Augustin-Mayers, who was fourth in 58.24 seconds, was very disappointed after the race in which Jamaica’s Orlando Smith was a distant second in 56.89 seconds and Bahamian Mihkail Beckles took bronze in 58.06 seconds.
The other gold medal was won earlier in the day by Jalisa Burrowes, who produced a personal best 5.77 metres, two centimetres more than Bahamian Andira Feruson and three better than Kristal Liburd of St Kitts and Nevis.
As the session drew to a close the Under-17 girls (46.56), Under-17 boys (41.87) and Under-20 girls (45.67) all won silver medals in the 4×100 metres relays where Jamaica took three of the events and The Bahamas the other.
“We were very pleased with the performance,” said Mario Burke, who anchored the Under-17 boys’ relay quartet.
Janeil Craigg won Barbados’ first silver medal, placing second in the Under-20 boys’ javelin, up one place on last year’s finish. His best throw was a season’s best 63.36 metres. He was coming back from an injury after throwing more than 70 metres last year.
Pascal Alexander of the Cayman Islands was the undisputed champion with 67.50 metres and Adrian Williams of St Kitts and Nevis took the bronze with 63.22 metres.
Barbados won a medal in each of the intermediate hurdles and Kion Joseph must have slept like a baby last night after finally medalling at CARIFTA. After tasting disappointment so often, the Pan American and Commonwealth Youth bronze medallist ran an impressive race from Lane 8, forcing the rest to catch him, instead of running from behind as he often does.
His long legs were awash with coloured medical tape, but he didn’t seem to be suffering any ill effects when he crossed the finish line in 51.94 seconds in the Under-20 boys’ 400m hurdles.
Jamaica’s Omar McLeod predictably took the gold in 51.46, the time Joseph ran last weekend, while Ludvy Vaillant of Martinique was third with 52.31 seconds.
Tristan Evelyn was the first to deliver for Barbados, also forcing the rest of the field to catch her running out of Lane 7. She was third in 44.84 seconds and Allana Ince fourth in 45.25.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Jemenise Parris was the gold medallist in 43.24 seconds and Jamaica’s Patrice Moody took the silver in 43.73.
In the race following, Tia-Adana Belle produced a season’s best 61.36 on her bronze medal run in the Under-20 girls’ event behind Jamaicans Kimone Green (59.31) and Tatiana Wolfe (60.66).
Brandon Hope and Ramarco Thompson both cleared 1.80 metres and finished down the field in the Under-17 boys’ high jump.
That event was won by Suriname’s Miguel Van Assen with a clearance of 2.03 metres, the same as Jamaica’s silver medallist Ken Mullings. Obrien Wasome of Jamaica was third with 1.95m.
Jamaica dominated the two finals held in the morning session, sweeping the medals in both events. Shanice Love (40.16 metres) and Janell Fullerton (39.91) won gold and silver, respectively, in the Under-17 girls’ discus, while Shaiann Charles of Trinidad and Tobago captured bronze with a best of 39.19m.
In the Under-17 boys’ shot put, Jamaicans Warren Barrett and Vashon McCarthy put 16.88 and 16.47 metres, respectively. Grenada’s Anderson Peters, who won gold in the javelin, was third with 15.53m.