A breakdown of The Bahamas’ medals at CARIFTA
The Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018 came to a close on Easter Monday night at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium with Jamaica once again dominating the medal count, and The Bahamas placing second.
In total, The Bahamas collected 35 medals – six gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze.
The Bahamas’ first gold came in the under-17 boys triple jump as Latrell Taylor leapt 14.10 meters (m) – 46’ 3-1/4” – for the title. Second to him was his Bahamian teammate Chima Johnson who had a jump of 13.76m (45’ 1-3/4”). Jordan Turner, of Jamaica, won the bronze medal with a leap of 13.74m (45’ 1”).
“It feels great. I’m just happy that both of us got on the podium,” said Taylor about how he felt winning The Bahamas’ first gold of the championships. Johnson was happy with his performance and both jumpers promised to win gold and silver again at next year’s CARIFTA.
In a CARIFTA record, Rhema Otabor won the under-17 girls javelin with a throw of 44.21m (145’). Otabor broke the CARIFTA record previously set by Shanee Angol of Dominica in 2013. Rowland Kirton-Browne, of Barbados, won the silver medal with a throw of 42.77m (140’ 4”) and Gianisa Olbino, of Curacao, won the bronze medal with a throw of 40.70m (133’ 9”).
Bahamian Joel Johnson qualified for the under-20 boys 100m final with the fastest qualifying time of 10.40 seconds, and then went on to win the gold medal in the final in a new Bahamian junior national record of 10.31 seconds. His teammate Adrian Curry finished second in 10.43 seconds. Rikkoi Brathwaite, of the British Virgin Islands, was third with a time of 10.46 seconds.
“I came in the race very confident because I had the fastest time so I wasn’t worried about anybody but myself,” said Johnson.
Winning gold in the under-17 girls 400m was Megan Moss. The under-18 champion from a year ago took the title in the under-17 division this year, finishing in a new CARIFTA record of 53.19 seconds. She broke Shaunae Miller’s CARIFTA record of 53.36 seconds that was set in 2010.
“It was a hard race especially since I wasn’t feeling really well, but the Bahamian people in the stands really helped to push me through,” said Moss.
Daniella Deer, of Jamaica, won the silver medal in 53.95 seconds and Deshana Skeete, of Guyana, won the bronze medal in 54.15 seconds.
Completing the girls 400m sweep for The Bahamas was Doneisha Anderson in the under-20 girls division. She won in 53.58 seconds after setting a new personal best time of 52.86 seconds in the heats.
“With the Bahamian people in the background it motivated me from start to finish,” said Anderson. Anderson left it all on the track, powering home for the win in what is her last year of eligibility at CARIFTA. Anderson’s coach Tonique Williams promised to buy Anderson’s prom dress if she won gold, and Williams said that she will live up to that promise.
Jamaica got silver and bronze as Charokee Young was second in 53.63 seconds, and Janielle Josephs finished third in 54.45 seconds.
One of the most exciting races of the CARIFTA meet came in the under-17 boys 3,000m. Bahamian Mitchell Curtis led almost the entire way, and held off the two Jamaicans for the win. He won in 9:04.65. Asked if he felt the Jamaicans coming up behind him, Curtis said: “I heard them chattering and that only encouraged me to go harder because I didn’t want them to win. I didn’t want to lose in my home country.”
Giovouni and Gianni Henry finished second and third for Jamaica in times of 9:04.98 and 9:21.97 respectively.
Keyshawn Strachan picked up the first silver medal for The Bahamas. He threw the javelin 50.14m (164’ 6”) in the under-17 boys event on Saturday. “I am going for gold next year,” Strachan said, as he will still be eligible for the under-17 division.
Jamaica’s Veayon Joseph got the gold with a throw of 55.92m (183’ 6”). Katrell Pierre, of Turks & Caicos, got the bronze with a throw of 45.24m (145’ 2”).
Before he won the gold, Curtis got silver in the boys under-17 1,500m. He did it in 4:13.41. It was not enough to beat Jamaica’s J’Voughnn Blake who finished in 4:08.73. Third place was Murphy Nash of Guyana who ran a time of 4:13.59.
In the under-17 girls 100m, Bahamian Jaida Knowles could not keep up with Jamaica’s Briana Williams as she clocked a time of 11.27 seconds for the gold medal in a new CARIFTA record. Knowles was second in 11.68 seconds to get the silver medal. Antigua & Barbuda’s Soniya Jones was third in a time of 11.75 seconds.
Raymond Oriakhi ran a good race in the under-17 400m for The Bahamas. He finished second in a personal best time of 47.75 seconds. Avindale Smith from Trinidad and Tobago won the gold in a time of 47.54 seconds. Jamaica’s Malachi Johnson was third, clocking 48.42 seconds.
Kyle Alcine of The Bahamas settled for second place in the under-20 boys high jump with a clearance of 2.08m (6’ 9”). Jaden Bernabela of Curacao also cleared 2.08m, but got the gold based on fewer knockdowns. Rounding out the top three was Martinique’s Arnaud Dupe-Agot with a clearance of 2.05m (6’ 8”).
Bahamian Indea Cartwright ran a time of 1:02.17 in the under-17 girls 400m hurdles on Saturday to win the silver medal. Jamaica’s Calisha Taylor won the gold in a time of 1:01.04. Trinidad and Tobago’s Patrice Richards won the bronze medal in 1:02.56.
In the under-17 boys high jump, Bahamians Tyler Missick and Christian Sturrup settled for silver and bronze. Both Missick and Sturrup were unable to clear 1.90m (6’ 2”). Jamaican Romaine Beckford cleared 2m flat (6’ 6”) for the win.
Any time Jamaica’s under-20 boys competitor Christopher Taylor steps on the track, spectators watch with awe. He was up against Bahamian Joel Johnson who in the 200m. The crowd was on the edge of their seats for that race.
Taylor won the gold in 20.38 seconds, leaving Johnson at the 80m. Johnson got silver with a time of 20.90 seconds. Bronze went to Taylor’s teammate, Xavier Nairne, who ran the race in 21.07 seconds.
The Bahamian under-17 girls 4x100m team of Anthaya Charlton, Jaida Knowles, Danielle Saunders and Megan Moss won silver. They ran a time of 46.24 seconds. Jamaica snagged the gold in a time of 44.95 seconds to break the CARIFTA record set in 2009. The Cayman Islands ran 47.74 seconds to win the bronze medal.
The Bahamas’ under-20 girls 4x100m relay team of Denisha Cartwright, Devine Parker, Lakelle Kinteh and Sasha Wells, won a silver medal in 45.14 seconds. Jamaica took the gold in 44.73 seconds, and the bronze went to Martinique, finishing in 46.48 seconds.
In the under-17 girls 4x400m relay, The Bahamas got another silver. The team comprised of Jasmine Knowles, Angel Pratt, Ebony Kelly and Megan Moss. Jamaica won in 3:38.39, and bronze went to Trinidad and Tobago. They ran 3:49.69.
The Bahamas won silver again as the under-17 boys 4x400m relay team clocked 3:18.81. Team members included Ethan Hanna, Kendrick Major, Davonte Forbes and Raymond Oriakhi. Gold went to Jamaica as they ran 3:14.99. St. Kitts & Nevis rounded out the top three in a time of 3:26.85.
In the under-17 girls 200m race, Knowles had to settle for third this time to go with the second place finish she had in the 100m. She finished in 23.85 seconds. Williams was once again fantastic for Jamaica, winning in 23.11 seconds. Shaniqua Bascombe from Trinidad and Tobago won silver in 23.75 seconds.
Bahamian M’Kayla White got a bronze in the under-17 girls high jump for The Bahamas, clearing 1.65m (5’ 4”). Jamaica’s Shantae Foreman won with a clearance of 1.74m (5’ 8”) and Vanessa Mercera, from Curacao, was second with a clearance of 1.71m (5’ 7”).
Oriakhi was also a participant in the under-17 boys 110 and 400m hurdles events. He won bronze in both. In the shorter race, he clocked 13.94 seconds. The gold went to Vashaun Vascianna, of Jamaica, who finished in 13.60 seconds. Jahvel Granville, also of Jamaica, won the silver in a time of 13.77 seconds. Oriakhi clocked 54.54 seconds for bronze in the 400m hurdles to follow Jamaica’s Devonte Archer and Barbados’ Kyle Gale. Archer ran a time of 52.85 seconds for the win and Gale clocked 54.45 seconds for second place.
In the under -17 girls long jump, Anthaya Charlton leapt 5.64m (18’ 6”) to win the bronze medal. Jamaica won the gold and silver with Ackelia Smith and Velecia Williams respectively. Smith jumped for 5.91m (19’ 4’) and Williams jumped for 5.73m (18’ 9”).
The Bahamas secured a bronze in the under-17 boys shot put as Tarajh Hudson threw 14.01m (45’ 11”). Jamaicans won the gold and silver. Zackery Dillon won with a throw of 16.40m (53’ 9”), and Ralford Mullings threw 15.49m (50’ 9”) for the silver medal.
The same placement took place between these three in the under-17 boys discuss. Hudson threw 46.94m (154’), Mullings recorded a best throw of 53.81m (176’ 6”) and Dillon broke the CARIFTA record with a throw of 57.15m (187’ 5”).
In the final event of the second day, Bahamian Sean Rolle settled for the bronze medal in the under-20 boys javelin. He recorded a throw of 62.44m (204’ 10”). The gold went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford with a throw of 68.15m (223’ 7”). Barbados’ Zion Hill got second with a throw of 63.12m (207’ 1”).
In the under-20 girls 110m hurdles, Bahamian Sasha Wells’ time of 13.44 seconds was good enough for the bronze. Jamaicans Amoi Brown (13.15 seconds) and Dazray Freeman (13.39 seconds) won the gold and silver respectively.
In the under-20 boys 110 hurdles, Bahamian Oscar Smith won bronze with a time of 13.57 seconds. Jeanice Laviolette of Guadeloupe won the silver in 13.53 seconds and Orlando Bennett of Jamaica won gold in a time of 13.35 seconds.
Like his younger brother’s distance race, Gabriel Curtis’ race was thrilling. He won the bronze in the open boys 5,000m in 15:24.57. Winning the gold was Jamaica’s Keveroy Venson in 15:24.57. Alexandre Gauthierot, of Guadeloupe, got second in 15:25.08 seconds.
Bahamian Terrance Jones got bronze in the under-17 boys 200m, turning in a time of 21.69 seconds. Rajay Morris, of Jamaica, won gold in 21.25 seconds. His teammate Andre Bent got silver in a time of 21.42 seconds.
Devine Parker won the bronze in the under-20 girls 200m in a time of 23.77 seconds. Gemima Joseph, of French Guiana, won silver in 23.70 seconds. Jamaica’s Ockera Myrie got the gold in 23.34 seconds.
In the under-20 boys long jump, Denvaughn Whymns won bronze for The Bahamas with a distance of 7.13m (23’ 4-3/4”). It was a 1-2 sweep for Jamaica with Wayne Pinnock winning with a leap of 7.46m (24’ 5-3/4”) and Safin Wills finishing second with a best leap of 7.28m (23’ 10-3/4”).
Next year’s CARIFTA Games will be held in the Cayman Islands.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism