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11 CARIFTA medals

EZRA STUART in Cayman Islands

11 CARIFTA medals

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GEORGE TOWN – Barbados ended the 48th CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex here Monday night with 11 medals.

In the final event, the Barbados Under-20 Boys’ 4×400-metre relay team of newcomer Miguel Nicholas, Antoni Hoyte-Small, Dalano Wickham and anchor Kyle Gale ran their hearts out but had to settle for second place behind Jamaica.

Barbados clocked 3:08.98 minutes while Jamaica’s winning time was 3:07.82 minutes.

It was Barbados’ fourth silver medal, adding to the three gold medals, won by Jonathan Miller (Under-20 Boys triple jump), Caleb Massiah (Under-17 Boys long jump) and Rasheeme Griffith (Under-20 Boys’ 400-metre hurdles).

The Bajans also had four bronze medals in what was the lowest medal haul since 2004 when they also gained 11 medals. That tally consisted of five gold, two silver and four bronze in Bermuda. 

In the preceding Under-20 Girls’ 4x400m relay, the quartet of Rhea Hoyte, Shemia Odaine, Ashley Lowe and Chloe Lucas failed to medal as Jamaica swept all four relays.

Shanice Hutson also finished outside the medals as she was fifth with 11.98 metres in the Under-20 Girls’ shot put, won by Grenada’s imposing national netballer, Kelsie Murrell-Ross with a put of 14.22 metres.

Kevon Hinds also fail to land a podium position in the Under-17 Boys’ discus.

Barbados’ worst ever performance at CARIFTA was a six-medal haul in 1982 when the team failed to get any gold medals and only managed two silver and four bronze in Jamaica.

In 1989, Barbados only captured seven medals with one gold, five silver and one bronze.

Bermuda will host next year’s CARIFTA Games while the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean’s premier track and field meet for Under-17 and Under-20 athletes will be staged in Guyana in 2021.