“First gold”

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Caleb Massiah stood tall tonight as he leapt to Barbados’ first gold medal at the 48th CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman.

The 15-year-old Massiah triumphed in the Under-17 Boys’ long jump with a lifetime best leap of 6.84 metres in his maiden outing at CARIFTA.

Incredibly, Massiah, who hails from Oldbury, St Philip and attends The St Michael School, after switching from Harrison College, had one legal jump and it was a golden one.

That winning leap came in his first attempt and he unbelievably fouled his next four attempts. With the gold medal assured, he was the final jumper and hit the board but landed in the sandpit on one leg on his sixth jump.

By then his coach, Desiree Crichlow, and assistant, Ricky Carter, were already jumping for joy. (EZS)