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Four medals for Barbados

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Four medals for Barbados

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FORT de FRANCE – The Barbados medal tally remains at four – two gold, one silver and one bronze – at the end of the morning session today here at Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker.
The silver medal came last night in the very last event, where Levi Cadogan was second in the Under-20 boys’ 100 metres. After placing sixth last year, Cadogan made sure he did not repeat that mistake, holding form to the end in 10.25 seconds.
Jevaughn Minzie completed the Jamaican sweep of the 100 metres with a 10.18-clocking and Jonathan Farinha of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 10.27 seconds.
Tristan Evelyn could not contain her disappointment after placing fourth in the 100 metres in a wind-aided 11.65 seconds. She was nipped on the line by Nelda Huggins (11.64) of British Virgin Islands (BVI). Kimone Shaw of Jamaica won in 11.42 and Janae Ambrose of The Bahamas was second in 11.62 seconds.
Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith won the Under-20 girls’ race in a wind-aided 11.17 seconds, second place went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaliyah Telesford (11.42) and teammate Kedisha Dallas (11.44) was third.
Meanwhile, Barbados will be hunting more medals today in the finals of the 400 metres hurdles.
Rivaldo Leacock, who won the Under-17 boys’ race last year, goes into the final with the second fastest time of 52.36 seconds behind Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde (52.27) in what is expected to be a straight tussle for the gold medal. Michael Nicholls is third overall with 53.26 seconds.
Stephen Griffith also advanced to the finals  of the Under-20 boys’ event with 54.29 seconds which puts him fifth overall. However, neither Dario Scantlebury, nor Tia-Adana Belle, the overseas-based hurdlers who were named in the CARIFTA team, made the trip to Martinique.
Twin brothers Akeem and Romario Marshall are also through to this evening’s final of the Under-18 boys’ 800 metres. Akeem clocked 1 minute 59.46 seconds in the first heat, while Romario, with 2:00.01, was the only qualifier from his heat.
Two field event finals were contested this morning. Jamaica’s Rochelle Frazer won her second gold medal with 46.90 metres in the Under-20 girls’ discus. Paul-Ann Gayle, also of Jamaica was second with 45.93 and Tenille Gumbs of BVI third with 40.45.
Vashon McCarty also claimed his second gold medal, this time in the Under-18 boys’ shot put. With a might heave of 17.29 metres, the Jamaican set the record for the next year. Teammate Warren Barrett copped bronze with 15.70m and silver went to Grenada’s Josh Hazzard with 15.94m.
Barbadian Triston Gibbons was tenth with a best of 13.81 metres.
The evening session starts at 3 p.m., with field events, while the track resumes one hour later. (SAT)