Gold and CARIFTA record for Strachan
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Anyone who remembers Anderson Peters would understand how impressive Keyshawn Strachan’s new CARIFTA record was on Easter Sunday night.
Strachan set a new mark of 64.31 meters (m) – 211′, erasing the record of 64.01m (210′) that Peters set in 2013. Former Austin Sealey Award winner Peters is a five-time CARIFTA Champion in the javelin, and was regarded as one of the best junior throwers of his time.
Strachan proved his worth when he took down the record, winning the ninth gold for The Bahamas of the 48th CARIFTA Games which is into its last day at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The Bahamas ended the night with 16 total medals – nine gold, two silver and five bronze. Jamaica was out front with 57 total medals – 19 gold, 25 silver and 13 bronze, after Sunday’s competition. Trinidad & Tobago was a distant third behind The Bahamas, with just three gold medals.
As for Strachan, his winning, record-setting throw came on his fourth attempt. He was already in first place in the competition, but the 64.31m throw just about cemented his victory.
Finishing second was Cameron Thomas of Grenada, posting a distance of 57.44m (188′ 5″). Veayon Joseph, of Trinidad & Tobago, finished third with a throw of 55.77m (183′).
“This feels awesome. I worked hard for it and I got it so I would like to thank God,” said Strachan. “I have a lot of confidence in myself. I just had to go out there and execute. I trained hard for this, and it paid off. On my first throw when I threw over 60 meters, I felt like I had more in me, so I just gave it my all and I got the record.”
Strachan will move up to the under-20 division next year.
Winning a silver medal for The Bahamas on Sunday night was Patrick Johnson in the open boys octathlon. Johnson tallied 5,244 points after having a leading throw of 51.50m (168′ 11″) in the javelin and running 5:16.14 for eighth in the 1,500m in his last two events.
David Edmonson, of Jamaica, tallied 5,413 points for the gold medal. Johnson was second and Anson Moses, of Trinidad & Tobago, passed Bahamian Edvaughn Carey for third, finishing with 5,107 points. Carey was passed by Moses in the final event of the octathlon, the 1,500m, and had to settle for fourth with 5,055 points.
The two Bahamians in the open girls heptahlon, Hiltranique Pinder and Kasha Neilly, finished sixth and eighth respectively. In her final two events on Sunday, Pinder had the seventh-best mark in the javelin, 20.59m (67′ 7″), and the seventh-fastest time in the 800m, 2:56.10. She finished with 3,836 points for sixth.
Neilly finished with the eighth-best mark in the javelin, 16.65m (54′ 7″), and the sixth-fastest time in the 800m, 2:53.31. She finished with 3,403 points for eighth.
Denvaughn Whymns was knocked out of medal position in the final round of the under-20 boys long jump, and settled for fourth. He finished with a best jump of 7.27m (23′ 10-1/4″). Wayne Pinnock, of Jamaica, won the gold medal with a massive leap of 7.84m (25′ 8-3/4″). His teammate Jordan Turner finished second with a leap of 7.33m (24′ 0-3/4), and Kelsey Daniel, of Trinidad & Tobago, won the bronze medal with a leap of 7.32m (24′ 0-1/4″). Daniel passed Whymns in the final round, knocking the Bahamian off the medal stand.
The other Bahamian in the under-20 boys long jump, Shaun Miller, finished ninth with a best jump of 6.96m (22′ 10″).
Stephan Farquharson just missed out on a medal in the under-17 boys high jump. The Bahamian athlete cleared 1.90m (6′ 2-3/4″) to finish fourth. Matthew Sophia, of Curacao, won the gold medal with a leap of 2m flat (6′ 6-3/4″). Blaime Byam, of Jamaica, won the silver medal with a clearance of 1.95m (6′ 4-3/4″), and his teammate Brandon Pottinger also cleared 1.95m, but had to settle for third based on number of knockdowns.
In the under-20 girls triple jump, Vinajah Adderley finished fifth for The Bahamas, recording a best leap of 12.13m (39′ 9-3/4″).
On Easter Monday The Bahamas will compete in a number of field events, including the open boys pole vault, the under-20 boys triple jump and the under-20 boys javelin.
The three-day meet wraps up this evening at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands.
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