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CARIFTA | St Fort repeats as champ, Jamaica stumble in sprints

Trinidadian sprinter Khalifa St Fort. Trinidadian sprinter Khalifa St Fort.
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Apr 15, CMC – Khalifa St Fort repeated as champion as Trinidad and Tobago dented Jamaica’s sprint dominance by capturing two of the four 100 metres gold on offer, to climax the opening day of the 46th CARIFTA Games here Saturday.

The enterprising 19-year-old, a sprint relay bronze medallist in Beijing two years ago, clocked 11.56 seconds to cross the line first in the girls Under-20 event and confirm her status as one of the region’s highly regarded sprinters.

She finished ahead of Jamaican Aneka Brissett who claimed silver in a time of 11.57 seconds while Grenadian Halle Hazzard finished third to clinch bronze in 11.67.

Jamaican Kasheika Cameron trailed in fourth in 11.74 with Antiguan Bliss Soleyn (11.75) and Barbadian Tristan Evelyn (11.91) fifth and sixth respectively.

Khalifa St Fort 1Last year, St Fort’s success was the only blip as Jamaica dominated the 100m events but on Saturday at the National Stadium, she was joined by teammate Adell Colthrust in the boys Under-18 100m and Guyanese Compton Caesar in the boys Under-20 event, as they dismantled the Jamaican grip on the marquee races.

Colthrust stormed to 10.63 seconds to top the podium and give Trinidad and Tobago their third gold medal of the day while Bahamian Adrian Curry finished second in 10.64 and Jamaican Tyreke Wilson, third in 10.69 seconds.

Barbadian Matthew Clarke trailed in fourth in 10.76 while Avindale Smith of Trinidad and Tobago was fifth in 10.77.

The impressive Caesar, meanwhile, won a tight duel with Barbadian Jaquone Hoyte, managing to barely hold off his challenger to win gold in 10.46.

Hoyte, who finished down the field last year, was clocked at the same time as the winner for silver while Jamaica’s Jelani Walker was forced to settle for bronze in 10.61.

Jamaica’s lone success came in the girls Under-18 event when Kevona Davis raced to victory in a time of 11.62 seconds, comfortably disposing of Antiguan Joella Lloyd who finished second in 11.67.

Davis’s counterpart Briana Williams took bronze in 11.80, with Trinidadian Akilah Lewis missing out on a podium finish when she came in fourth in 11.85.

Where Jamaica fell short in the sprints, they made up for in the 400m, however, winning three of the four finals as Christophe Taylor, Antonio Watson and Junelle Bromfield all topped the podium.

Their only blemish came in the girls Under-18 400m where Bahamian Megan Moss crossed the line ahead of Kimara Francis, to deny the athletics powerhouses a clean sweep.

Taylor, who also won the event last year, ensured a successful defence of his Under-20 title with a run of 45.97 seconds, finishing ahead of Cayman Islands’ Jamal Walton who was second in 46.46, and Trinidadian Joshua St Claire who took bronze in 47.02.

Taylor’s teammates Watson and Ramone Lindo had earlier finished one-two to dominate the boys Under-18 one lap.

Watson was timed at 47.86 and Lindo, 47.99, with Colby Jennings of Turks and Caicos taking bronze in 48.26.

Bromfield, meanwhile, brushed aside her competition in the girls Under-20 event, clocking 53.82 seconds to easily beat out Tiana Bowen of Barbados who was second in 55.62 – the same time as Kimorla Mushette of Jamaica who took bronze.

In the girls Under-18, Moss disrupted Jamaica’s dominance with a solid performance which ended in a time of 53.69, with the Jamaican Francis clocking 54.24 seconds.

Bahamas sneaked onto the podium again when Doneisha Anderson (54.33) held off Jamaican Sanique Walker (54.82) for bronze.

  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago

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