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Bahamas picks up a silver and bronze

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – A final throw by Grenadian Deandra Collins denied The Bahamas a medal in the under-20 boys javelin, but the country still increased its medal count at the 48th CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands, on Monday morning.

Vano Rahming earned a silver in the pole vault, and Sean Rolle settled for bronze in the javelin.

The Bahamas went into the final session with 18 total medals – nine gold, three silver and six bronze. Jamaica is significantly out front with 58 total medals – 19 gold, 25 silver and 14 bronze. Trinidad & Tobago is third with 16 total medals – five gold, four silver and seven bronze.

The Bahamas actually sat in second and third in the under-20 boys javelin on Monday morning up until the final round. However, Collins turned in a massive throw of 62m flat (203′ 5″) on his final attempt to move from fifth all the way to second, pushing Rolle to third and Michaelangelo Bullard, the other Bahamian, to fourth, in the process.

It was no competition for the gold as Tyriq Horsford, of Trinidad & Tobago, won his fourth straight CARIFTA gold in a javelin event, throwing 71.45m (234′ 5″). The winning throw came on his second attempt, and he passed on his next three attempts.

Rolle had three throws over 60m (196′ 10″), and fouled on his other three attempts.

“It’s not as good as I wanted to do, but I feel good about,” said Rolle. “I thank God for giving me the talent and my coaches for pushing me to do what I needed to do. I’m satisfied that I did my best on this particular day.”

Bullard had a best throw of 59.69m (195′ 10″) and finished fourth.

“I wasn’t able to come out of it with my best. I’m very disappointed but overall, I’m thankful that I was able to compete, and thank God that I was able to make it this far this season. I’m going to take it as motivation in my development for the next few years. I will get over this, and will look forward to better things in the future.”

The only other Bahamian in action on Monday morning, Vano Rahming, picked up a silver in the open boys pole vault. Rahming turned in a mark of 3.75m (12′ 3-3/4″) for the silver. Thiery Baptiste, of Martinique, won the gold with a leap of 4.50m (14′ 9-1/4″), and Louis-Durand Nerome, of Guadeloupe, won the bronze medal with a leap of 3.60m (11′ 9-3/4″). Joel Andrews, of Trinidad & Tobago, also cleared 3.60m, but had to settle for fourth based on number of knockdowns.

The Bahamas enters the final session of these CARIFTA Games on Monday evening looking for more medals. On the track will be the finals of all relays as well as the finals in the short hurdles, the finals in the under-17 boys and open girls 3,000m and the final of the open boys 5,000m.

On the field will be the finals of the under-17 girls and boys triple jump and discus events, and the finals of the under-20 boys and girls shot put events.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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