More gold for The Bahamas
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Running in just her second CARIFTA Games, Jasmine Knowles set a blazing pace in the under-20 girls 800 meters (m) and challenged the rest of the field to catch her. They could not. She sped home to her first individual CARIFTA gold medal, and first medal in general, in her athletics career.
Knowles surged to the front on the opening lap, opened a 10 to 15-meter lead, and the rest of the field struggled to catch her. Knowles powered home in a huge personal best of 2:09.49, winning a stunning gold medal for The Bahamas.
It was the eighth gold for The Bahamas of these 48th CARIFTA Games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Knowles said that it was her intention to set a fast pace and just try to hold on for gold. Joanna Archer, of Guyana, finished second in 2:10.17, and Abigail Schaafe, of Jamaica, won the bronze medal, in 2:12.73.
“I am very proud of myself. This is my second CARIFTA, and I was able to win gold,” said Knowles. “I’ve really been focusing on the 800 meters so I’m happy that was able to win that. I knew that there was going to be a lot of competition so I knew I had to push hard and I did that. I never thought I could do what I just did so I’m very proud of myself.”
In the under-20 boys 800m, Justin Bridgewater was the lone competitor for The Bahamas and finished sixth in 1:55.44.
The Bahamas had two athletes in both the under-17 boys and girls 800m. In the under-17 boys division, Omar Kelly Jr. finished sixth in 2:02.15, and Tergenus Lovinski was 12th in 2:04.70. In the under-17 girls division, Rowlia Joseph finished 12th for The Bahamas in 2:33.92, and her teammate Breyanna Kemp finished 13th in 2:36.42.
Seeing his first action of the 48th CARIFTA Games, Matthew Thompson came through with a silver medal in the under-20 boys 400m hurdles. He ran a time of 52.23 seconds. Rasheeme Griffith, of Barbados, won the gold medal, in 51.47 seconds. Shamar Brown, of Jamaica, won the bronze medal in 52.51 seconds.
“I’m proud of myself, and proud that I was able to represent my country well,” said Thompson. “I just wanted to do well and have fun in the race and I was able to do that.”
In the under-17 girls race, The Bahamas picked up a bronze medal with Reshae Dean finishing third, in 1:03.52. It was a Jamaican sweep as Quaycian won the gold medal, in 1:00.78, and Sashel Reid finished second, in 1:01.59.
“I feel like I could have done more, but I feel good. I feel accomplished,” said Dean about winning a bronze medal in her first CARIFTA Games.
After his gold in the under-17 boys 400m on Saturday, Wendell Miller settled for fourth in his specialty, the 400m hurdles, on Sunday, finishing in 56.07 seconds. In the under-20 girls race, Gabrielle Gibson finished sixth, in 1:05.67.
Terrance Jones was looking for double gold, but had to settle for third in the under-20 boys 200m, finishing in 20.89 seconds. It was a 1-2 Jamaica finish as Xavier Nairn won the gold in 20.65 seconds, and his teammate Watson captured the silver medal 20.83 seconds.
In the under-20 girls 200m, Jaida Knowles settled for fifth again, finishing in 24.06 seconds. Her teammate Kayvon Stubbs was right behind her, finishing in sixth in 24.21 seconds. In the under-17 girls race, Collinique Farrington was seventh, finishing in 24.92 seconds.
On the track on the final day of competition will be the finals in the short hurdles in all four divisions, the finals of the under-17 boys 3,000m and the open women 3,000m, the final of the final of the open men’s 5,000m, and all of the relays.
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