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400 finalists brighten dull morning

EZRA STUART in The Bahamas

400 finalists brighten dull morning

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Jonathan Jones, Kyle Gale and Antoni Hoyte-Small brightened up a dull morning session for Barbados at the 47th Flow CARIFTA Games by qualifying for tonight’s 400 metres finals.

After none of the three Under-17 girls got on the medal podium in their finals as the Games started at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, here Saturday, Jones and Gale impressively won their heats while Hoyte-Small was second in his.

Shanice Hutson and Rowland Kirton-Browne came up short in the shot put and so did Tia Hinds in High Jump.

Hutson and Kirton-Browne were fourth and fifth with best efforts of 12.88 and 12.49 metres respectively in an event won by Martinique’s Thamera Manette with a put of 14.51 metres.

Grenada’s Kelsi Murrel-Ross (14.14) and Dominica’s Treneese Hamilton (13.14) got the silver and bronze medals. 

Hinds did not fare well in the Under-17 Girls’ High Jump, only clearing 1.55 metres. She failed in all three attempts at 1.60 metres while Jamaica Shantae Foreman took gold with a leap of 1.74 metres.

Curacao’s Vanessa Mercera, who cleared the bar at 1.71 earned silver with M’kayla White of the host country, Bahamas taking bronze with a clearance of 1.65 metres.

The news for Barbados was better in the 400 metres heats with Gale comfortably winning his Under-17 Boys’ heat in 48.27 seconds. He is the second fastest finalist, behind heat one winner, Avindale Smith of Trinidad and Tobago (47.78). This final is slated for 7.50 p.m.

Jones triumphed in the last of the three Under-20 Boys’ heats in 47.46 seconds to be the third fastest finalist.

The fastest qualifier was Jamaican Deshawn Morris, who won the first heat in 46.89 seconds from Curacao’s Ramsey Angela (46.93).

Hoyte-Small (47.71) was second in the other heat, won by Turks and Caicos’ Colby Jennings (47.51) and will go into tonight’s final at 8:10 p.m. as the fifth fastest qualifier.

Rhea Hoyte came fifth in her heat in the women’s 400 metres in 57.32 seconds and did not progress to the final as her time was the ninth best overall. The fastest qualifier was Bahamian Doneisha Anderson with a time of 52.86 seconds, followed by Jamaican Charokee Young, who was first in Hoyte’s heat, clocking 53.92 seconds.    

Barbados did not have a competitor in the boys’ octathlon or the girls’ pentathlon. (EZS)