Brathwaite to miss CAC Seniors
Olympic hurdlers Ryan Brathwaite and Greggmar Swift were not named in the 12-member team announced yesterday that will represent Barbados at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Athletics Championships in Mexico from July 5 to 7.
Brathwaite is unavailable, having been scheduled to compete at another meet during that period, while Swift and fellow hurdler Sade-Mariah Greenidge will be at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, which run from the same weekend to July 17.
Shane Brathwaite, who placed third in the 110 metres hurdles at last weekend’s National Championships, will fly the flag in that event.
National champion Ramon Gittens and runner-up Andrew Hinds are both in the men’s 100 metres. Levi Cadogan, who was third, has been included along with 200 metres champion Burkheart Ellis Jr and runner-up Nicholas Deshong. That quintet will provide the 4×100 metres relay team.
Also picked were Kion Joseph, who set a new junior national record last weekend in the 400 metres hurdles, and jumper Charles Greaves, who qualified in the long jump, but had a new personal best 15.57 metres in the triple jump.
Based on the head-to-head results, Ackeem Forde and Rimar Christie were ruled out of selection, while half-miler Anthonio Mascoll also wasn’t selected because he didn’t compete.
Among the women, 100 metres champion Jade Bailey makes a return to international competition and will be joined by 200 metres champion Ariel Jackson and 400 metres winner Sade Sealy.
Kierre Beckles, who won the event last weekend, will be the lone competitor in the 100 metres hurdles as neither Greenidge nor Richelle Farley competed.
Shavonne Husbands, who had qualified in the 200 metres, did not make the cut, along with Leah Bannister, who had qualified in the discus with a throw of 48.11 metres, but lacked consistency.
Akela Jones and Althia Maximilien are recovering from injuries and weren’t selected.
There were no surprises in the IAAF?World Youth team, with sprinter Mario Burke and hurdler Tia-Adana being the only qualifiers. Burke is now 11th in the 100 metres and Belle is fifth in the the 400 metres hurdles.
Those championships will take place in Donetsk, Ukraine from July 10 to 14. (SAT)
CAC Seniors: Ariel Jackson, Jade Bailey, Sade Sealy, Kierre Beckles, Ramon Gittens, Andrew Hinds, Levi Cadogan, Burkheart Ellis, Nicholas Deshong, Shane Brathwaite, Kion Joseph, Charles Greaves, Wendy Barrow-Smith (manager), Brian Holder, Elroy Agard (coaches), Chalise Jordan (medical).
World Youth: Mario Burke, Tia-Adana Belle, Adrian Thorne and Dr Nicole Grant (management).