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Griffith wins back-to-back gold in hurdles


Griffith wins back-to-back gold in hurdles

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RASHEEME GRIFFITH won Barbados’ first gold medal at the 46th Flow CARIFTA Games with a powerful run in the Under-18 boys’ 400-metre hurdles.

When Griffith crossed the finish line at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in 51.64 seconds, it meant he had successfully defended the medal he won last year in Grenada, lowering his time from 52.22.

Barbados’ other competitor Nathan Fergusson, who was second last year, slipped to fourth in 53.04. He clocked 53.56 last year.

Tiana Bowen and Rivaldo Leacock both won bronze medals in their respective Under-20 events.

Bowen added to her individual silver in the 400 metres with 62.80 seconds over the barriers. Jamaica went one-two through Nicolee Foster (58.84) and Shiann Salmon (59.59).

Leacock clocked 52.44 seconds for his third-place finish among the senior boys. Ronaldo Griffiths (52.01) led home his Jamaican teammate and defending champion Timor Barrett (52.32).

Jamaica’s Sanique Walker set a championship record of 58.95 seconds as Barbadians Shonita Brome (61:30) and Hannah Connell (63.94) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Barbados now have seven medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze medals. (SAT)