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Fynn the first


Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

Fynn the first
Fynn Armstrong won Barbados’ first gold medal at the CARIFTA Games in the Under-17 boys’ 3000 metres. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

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Fynn Armstrong produced a sublime performance to be crowned CARIFTA champion and capture Barbados’ first gold medal of the 49th edition of the region’s most prestigious junior track and field event last night here in Kingston, Jamaica.

In the most iconic moment so far at the Games for Barbados, the 15-year-old Harrison College student struck gold in stunning fashion in the gruelling Under-17 Boys’ 3 000 metres at the National Stadium.

With mum Natasha Armstrong and several other Barbadian fans in the stands, Armstrong sent Jamaican spectators into a frenzy with a gutsy display to clock 9 minutes 21.31 seconds.

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Armstrong, who hails from Upton, St Michael, ran arguably the race of his life and was slightly behind early leader and silver medallist Demetrie Meyers (9:33.42) of Belize for the first four of the seven-and-a-half-lap contest.

However, Armstrong surged to the front of the field with 800 metres to go and went into overdrive on the final lap while maintaining his endurance to the finish line. (AGB)

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