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The Bahamas finishes second at CARIFTA

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – For the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in the past five years, The Bahamas finished second at CARIFTA, ending the junior regional track and field championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands, on Easter Monday with 26 total medals – nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze.

Jamaica dominated, winning its 35th consecutive CARIFTA Games, with 85 total medals – 36 gold, 33 silver and 16 bronze. The Bahamas finished a distant second, and Trinidad & Tobago was third, ending the meet with 24 total medals – five gold, seven silver and 12 bronze.

The order of finish at CARIFTA track and field is based on gold medal count.

At one point during the three-day meet, at the end of the morning session on Easter Sunday, The Bahamas was just two gold medals shy of Jamaica, 9-7. However, the Jamaicans put their foothold on the meet. They separated themselves from The Bahamas and all other nations on Sunday night, and then won 14 of the 15 track finals on Monday night to assert their authority on the meet.

The Bahamas was shut out of the gold medal tally on Monday, but collected nine over the first two days of competition. The nine gold medals won were the most for The Bahamas since finishing with 15 gold medals in Bermuda in 2012.

“I am very proud of what all of the athletes would have done this weekend,” said Bahamas Association of Athletics Association President Drumeco Archer. “Obviously we have a long way to go to get on the level of Jamaica, but when you look at what our athletes would have done, setting personal best times and breaking records, it’s clear that we are on the move. We took a stance to take just qualifiers to these CARIFTA Games, and we believe that was the right decision. Our athletes won nine gold medals – that speaks for itself.”

Taking home the Austin Sealey Award for the meet’s best athlete was Jamaican Briana Williams for the second year in a row. The Jamaican World Under-20 Champion won both the under-20 girls 100 and 200 meters (m) and led her team to victory in the under-20 girls 4x100m relay.

All eyes are now turned to next year’s CARIFTA Games which is set for Hamilton, Bermuda.

The last time The Bahamas competed in Bermuda in CARIFTA track and field, the team won 15 gold medals – the most since the early 80’s when The Bahamas won four out of five CARIFTA titles.

 

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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