Team Bahamas fails to make a final at IAAF World U20s
For the third consecutive IAAF World U20 Championships, The Bahamas finished without a medal as the global meet wrapped up on Sunday at Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland.
This year, no Bahamian made a final. Furthermore, the only relay team entered – the boys 4×100 meters (m) squad of Corey Sherrod, Denvaughn Whymns, Oscar Smith and Adrian Curry – were fifth in their first round heat in 40.85 seconds and failed to advance to the final. Collectively, the 12-member team finished off the placing chart.
The 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World U20 Championships featured the best under-20 athletes in the world, and despite some valiant efforts, Team Bahamas came up short in a number of areas. Even the great United States struggled at the meet as they didn’t collect their first gold until the penultimate day. They finished with three gold medals in total, to trail Kenya and Jamaica in the medal standings.
Kenya tallied 11 medals – six gold, four silver and one bronze. Jamaica won 12 medals – four gold, five silver and three bronze. Two of the Americans’ three gold medals came on the relays. They dropped the baton in the other two relays, which they were leading at the time. In total, the U.S. won 18 medals – three gold, eight silver and seven bronze.
In the placing chart, the United States won with 155 points. Kenya was second with 112 points, and Jamaica rounded out the top three with 101 points. With no athlete in a final, The Bahamas finished off the placing chart. It’s the first time in 20 years that The Bahamas hasn’t advanced to a final in any event.
The Bahamian athlete to come the closest to making an individual final was the country’s final athlete in action.
Reference is to University of Arkansas freshman Charisma Taylor. She took part in the qualifying rounds of the girls triple jump, and turned in a personal best leap of 12.97m (42’ 6-3/4”). Taylor missed the final by just two centimeters. She was 13th overall, and just the top 12 jumpers advanced to the final. She topped her previous personal best mark by .35m (1’ 1-3/4”). She scratched her first attempt, had a jump of 12.70m (41’ 8”) on her second attempt, which was a personal best mark at that time, and then turned in her massive new lifetime best on her third attempt at the board.
Athletes were in action for The Bahamas on Friday. Sasha Wells ran in the heats of the girls 100m hurdles for The Bahamas, and just missed moving on to the semifinals. She was fourth in her heat and 25th overall in 14.03 seconds. Wells was just three one hundredths of a second short of advancing to the semis.
Jaida Knowles did not start the girls 200m after experiencing muscle discomfort after her opening round heat of the girls 100m. The other Bahamian in that event, Kayvon Stubbs, was fifth in her opening round heat and finished 30th overall in 24.61 seconds.
It appears that Joel Johnson’s injury that he suffered at the end of his opening round heat of the boys 100m was severe enough to force him out of the relay. The Bahamas boys 4x100m relay team, without Johnson, failed to qualify for the final. The squad of Sherrod, Whymns, Smith and Curry were fifth in their first round heat in 40.85 seconds. They finished 14th overall.
The team is expected to return home today, and a number of the young athletes are expected to end their seasons.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting