Charlton wins seventh gold for The Bahamas
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Anthaya Charlton is setting herself up for a run at the Austin Sealey Award at the 48th CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, in George Town, Cayman Islands, and team Bahamas is as close to Jamaica as it has been in a long time, after three sessions of the games.
Jamaica is still out front with nine gold medals, but The Bahamas is right there with seven. The order of finish at CARIFTA Track and Field is based on gold medal count.
The seventh gold medal for The Bahamas on Easter Sunday morning came from Anthaya Charlton – her second gold medal of the weekend. Charlton popped a huge leap of 5.81 meters (m) – 19′ 0-3/4″ – to win gold for The Bahamas in the under-17 girls long jump. She struck gold in the 100m the night before, and still has the 100m hurdles and the sprint relay left to compete in.
Charlton was in danger of not even advancing to the group of eight for her final three jumps as she sat in ninth place in the competition after her first two jumps. The top eight after the first three jumps get an additional three jumps while the rest are eliminated. Searching down deep, Charlton came up with a jump of 5.44m (17′ 10-1/4″) on her third attempt at the board to move from ninth in the competition to third.
On her fourth attempt, Charlton soared to the front with what turned out to be the winning leap, 5.81m.
The Austin Sealey Award is given to the meet’s best athlete, and Charlton is lining herself up for that with two individual gold medals so far.
Anne-Sophie Tassius, of Gadeloupe, finished second with a best jump of 5.74m (18′ 10″), and Paula-Ann Chambers, of Jamaica, settled for the bronze medal, with a leap of 5.62m (18′ 5-1/4″).
“I was a bit nervous, but I didn’t want to pressure myself too much,” said Charlton. “I’m happy with the winning jump, proud of myself. I’m ready for the hurdles. Hopefully, I could win a medal in that and we could get a medal in the relay as well.”
A total of five Bahamians advanced to the 200m finals which will close out day two of competition at the CARIFTA Games.
In the under-20 girls division, both Jaida Knowles and Kayvon Stubbs advanced. Looking to bounce back after finishing fifth in the 100m the night before, Knowles blazed to victory in her semifinal heat of the 200m in 23.44 seconds. She will go into the final with the second-fastest time, trailing just World Under-20 Champion Briana Williams’ qualifying time of 23.38 seconds. Stubbs was third in her semifinal heat, and qualified for the final with the eighth-fastest time, 24.07 seconds.
“I wanted to redeem myself from the 100 last night,” said Knowles. “I’m very happy. I have to go out there and find the energy for the final tonight, and I will.”
Stubbs said: “I think my start was decent, but I wasn’t pleased overall. I think I got tight and my strides were kind of short. I just have to focus on staying tall, and focus on my race.
There will also be two Bahamians in the under-20 boys 200m final. Terrance Jones will be going after his second gold medal of these CARIFTA championships as he breezed to victory in his semifinal heat in 20.90 seconds. He will go into the final with the second-fastest time. Rico Moultrie won his semifinal heat and will go into the final with the third-fastest time. He ran 20.93 seconds.
“I feel great. I came here mentally prepared to run a fast time and I did that. I wanted to cruise, and then go all out in the final. I’ll be ready to go again tonight,” said Jones.
Collinique Farrington advanced to the final of the under-17 girls 200m. She was fourth in her semifinal heat and qualified for the final with the fifth-fastest time. Farrington ran 24.51 seconds. Davon Johnson wasn’t so fortunate in the under-17 boys division. Johnson appeared to suffer an injury, and labored to the finish line in 23.61 seconds. He was fifth in his heat and finished 15th overall.
A couple of Bahamians are in line for a medal in the open boys octathlon.
Patrick Johnson went into Easter Sunday with the lead, but struggled in the 110m hurdles. He had the eighth-fastest time in the hurdles – 17.09 seconds. He bounced back in the sixth event of the octathlon, the high jump, and had the second-best height – 1.92m (6’3-1/2″). He is currently in second place in the octathlon with two events to go. He has 4,163 points, but trails the leader, David Edmonson, of Jamaica, by 228 points. Edmonson has 4,391 points. Bahamian Edvaughn Carey is in third place in the octathlon with 4,045 points. He had the second-fastest time in the hurdles on Easter Sunday morning – 15.51 seconds, and finished in a four-way tie for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.71m (5′ 7-1/4″).
They will finish the octathlon competition with the javelin throw and 1,500m tonight.
In the open girls heptathlon, The Bahamas sits in sixth and seventh with Hiltranique Pinder sixth with 3,134 points, and Kasha Neilly seventh with 2,746 points. Pinder had a leap of 4.87m (15′ 11-3/4″) in the long jump on Easter Sunday morning, and Neilly had a best leap of 4.30m (14′ 1-1/4″).
The final two events of the heptathlon will be held in the evening session on Easter Sunday, as well as the final two events of the open boys octathlon, the 400m hurdles finals in all divisions, the 800m finals in all four divisions and the 200m finals in all four divisions, just to name a few.
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