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Jamaica continue to soar to new heights at Carifta 2016

Jamaica capped off another day of dominance at the 2016 Carifta Games in Grenada in emphatic style, sweeping all four sprint relays even as hometown hero Anderson Peters set a new javelin record for his fifth straight title. The unofficial medal tally at the end of Day 2in Grenada saw Jamaica leading with 52 medals – 24 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze. The Bahamas were next with 18 medals – three gold, six silver and nine bronze,  while Barbados followed with 12 medals – three gold, five silver and four bronze. Guadeloupe with three medals, all gold are fourth and rounding out the top five is Trinidad and Tobago with nine medals – two gold, one silver and six bronze.

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Jamaica’s under-20 team closed proceedings with a dominant display, winning in 39.74s to finish ahead of Bahamas, who were more than half a second behind in 40.27. Barbados were third in 40.97s. The Under-18 boys were even more impressive, winning in a new championship record of 40.40s, erasing the record they set last year. Bahamas was more than a second behind in 41.42s with the home country taking third in 41.89s. The girls under-20 team was a comfortable winner in 44.29, the proverbial mile clear of Bahamas, 45.62s, and Trinidad and Tobago, 46.68s.

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It was the under-18 girls though, who got the ball rolling with an impressive win in 45.87s over the Bahamas, 46.37, and Trinidad and Tobago, 47.27. Off the track, the home country had much to celebrate as Anderson Peters of Grenada won his fifth consecutive javelin title and celebrated with a new record. In a performance that made the home fans proud, Peters threw the spear over 78 metres, generating loud cheers from the appreciative audience. But even as Peters celebrated his victory, the Jamaican dominance continued all around.

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Jamaica’s Dane Smith won the Pole Vault Open while Zico Campbell won the under-18 boys shot put with a throw of 17.75, a new Carifta record.  His teammate Rasheed Downer was second. Guadeloupe’s Yanis David won the Girls Under-20 Triple Jump with a mark of 13.13m. Guyana’s Natricia Hooper claimed the silver medal with a mark of 12.19m, two centimetres better than Jamaica’s Tissanna Hickling’s 12.17m. And, in the Heptathlon, Jamaica’s Janell Fullerton won gold while her teammate Zinedine Russell took the silver. Trinidad and Tobago’s Anya Akili took the bronze.

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Bahamas’ Kendrick Thompson won gold in the Boys’ Octathlon. Marcus Brown from Jamaica was second and Ken Mullings of the Bahamas, third. In the Girls Under-18 3000 metres, Jamaica finished one-two as Britnie Dixon won in 10:16.90s over teammate Monifa Green, 10.17.00. Elizabeth Williams of Barbados was third in 10:18.48. Keanan Lawrence won the boys equivalent in 9:05.71.


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