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Silver lining

Sherrylyn A. Toppin in Martinique

Silver lining

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FORT DE FRANCE – Rivaldo Leacock recorded a huge personal best of 51.37 seconds to snatch silver in the Under-18 Boys’ 400 metres hurdles at the 43rd CARIFTA Games here yesterday.
This took the Barbados medal tally to five – two gold, two silver and one bronze, with several more medal prospects still to compete.
As expected, the race was a straight run between Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde and Leacock for the gold medal. Hyde got the better of him, setting the new record of 51.21 seconds at the Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker.
When the time flashed on the clock, Leacock punched the air in glee. His previous best was 52.23 over this height, as the 51.38 done at inter-school sports was over a lower height. 
Michael Nicholls finished fourth in 54.35 seconds.
He stumbled over the second hurdle and was lucky not to fall, but that check might have cost him the bronze medal, which went to Kyron McMaster (52.85) of the British Virgin Islands.
Stephen Griffith came fourth in the Under-20 Boys’ race. Running out of Lane 8 as the rain began, he was in last place for most of the race, but produced a burst over the final 150 metres to post 53.06, his new personal best time.
Okeen Williams (50.99) and Marvin Williams (51.22) of Jamaica (no relation) won gold and silver and Trinidad and Tobago’s Ruebin Walters bronze in 51.68.
Earlier, Jaria Hoyte finished fifth in the Under-18 Girls’ 400 metres hurdles where Jamaica’s Shenice Cohen set the new record of 59.72 seconds, while Kimone Green, also of Jamaica, won the Under-20 Girls’ event in 58.47.
The Under-18 Girls’ 4×100 metres relay team of Tiana Bowen, Sada Williams, Hoyte and anchor Tristan Evelyn qualified second overall for last night’s final with a time of 46.17 seconds. Only Jamaica were faster with 45.28.
Despite a baton foul-up between Jebarrie Cumberbatch and Ramarco Thompson on third leg, the Under-18 Boys’ team reached the final with 42.33 seconds. Nicholls started and Kentoine Browne was the anchor with Mario Burke injured. Jamaica had the fastest time of 40.74.
The other 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.
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.
Up to Press time, Evelyn and Shonita Brome were still competing in the Under-18 Girls’ long jump; Josiah Beckles and Hakeem Clarke in the Under-18 Boys’ high jump and Shamar Rock was also scheduled to go in the Under-20 Boys’ long jump.
Several sprinters, including Cadogan, Williams, Joshua Walcott and Ramarco Thompson were in the 200 metres.
It was a tough day for popular sprinter Burke, who went from a silver medal winner before sundown Saturday night, to an unlucky loser just after sunrise yesterday.
Burke ran the race of his life Saturday night in the Boys’ Under-18 100 metres, and went home happy before officials decided to have the race re-run yesterday morning after competitors complained of hearing the starting gun go off twice.
In the re-run Burke’s oft-injured hamstring struck again, and he pulled up.