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Jamaica win 86 medals at CARIFTA 2016, sweeps 4x400m relays

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Jamaica swept the 4x400m relays as the curtains came down on the 2016 Carifta Games in Grenada.

Like they did in the sprint relays, the 2016 champions were untested to claim four more gold medals from the relays during the championships in which they were totally dominant.

The unofficial medal count at the end of the relays saw Jamaica winning 86 medals – 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.

The Bahamas were the next best country with 34 medals – six gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze, with Barbados’ 20 medals – six gold, six silver and eight bronze, following them.

Hosts Grenada were fourth in the medal standings, winning 13 medals, made up of three gold, four silver and six bronze. Trinidad and Tobago rounded out the top five with three gold, two silver and nine bronze accounting for their 14 medals.

As the championships came to a close there was no letting up from  Jamaica who won the Under-18  Girls mile relay in 3:39.31s with the Bahamas, 3:43.08, and the British Virgin Islands, 3:47.43s second and third respectively.

Among the Under-18 boys, it was much the same with Jamaica taking the gold medal in 3:12.54s to defeat Barbados, 3:13.16, and Trinidad, 3:15.33.

Jamaica was once again the winner in the Under-20 Girls section. Junelle Bromfield blew a close race wide open on the third leg to see Jamaica win in 3:34.84. The Bahamas were a distant second in 3:48.06, while Grenada got the bronze in 4:11.10.

The Under-20 Boys followed suit and smashed the competition to win in 3:10.55. The Bahamas, who briefly challenged, were a further two seconds back in 3:12.99. Barbados claimed the bronze in 3:19.63.

Earlier, a mix up with the lap counter seemed to have denied Benjamin Najman of the Bahamas a deserved title in the 5000 metres. The counter caused the Bahamian, who was leading by almost a lap, to stop one lap short of the complete distance. Because of the blunder, Shane Buchanan was declared the winner. However, after the matter was reviewed Najman was restored to his rightful position as gold medal winner and was awarded a time of 15:24.25, Buchanan, 16:51.76, was awarded the silver medal. Garfield Gordon, another Jamaican was third in 16:59.05.

In the field, Jamaica won another two medals in the Under-20 Triple Jump.

Obrien Wasome won the event in a personal best 16.09m while his teammate Jordan Scott mined silver.

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