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EASY GOING FOR JAMAICA AT CARIFTA GAMES 2016

Carifta Games 2016, Nigel Ellis,Khalifa St Forte,Jhevaughn Matherson,

Photo: Nigel Ellis ran a sparkling 10.16s to win the Under-20 Boys 100m at the Carifta Games on Saturday.

The Jamaican Contingent to the 45th staging of the Flow Carifta Games currently underway in Grenada has been giving a very good representation of themselves thus far. Fresh from their exploits at the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships last weekend, a number of the winners and outstanding performers have stayed true to form since action got on its way on Saturday. Jamaica closed day one with a total of 26 medals, including 11 gold and 11 silver.

Their medal hunt got going with a quinella in the U18 girls High Jump, with Hydel Shian Salmon leaping to new personal best of 1.83m to secure gold. Vere Technical’s Lamara Distin pocketed the silver with a jump of 1.77m

Wolmerian standout Akio Jones, secured bronze in the U18 Girls’ Shotput with a mark of 14.32m. Janell Fullerton produced 14.52m to secure the first of her Carifta Gold medal in the U20 Girls Shotput final. Sahjay Stevens, 13.74m, secured the silver for Jamaica in that same event.

In the U20 Girls Long Jump Jessica Noble (6.02m) and Tissana Hickling (5.84m) finished second and third respectively. Lushane Wilson (2.08m) and Romario Douglas (2.05m) was also good enough for silver and bronze in the U20 Boys High Jump Final.

In the U18 Girls 1500m, Edwin Allen’s Cemore Donald won easily with an effort of 4:42.61 seconds ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon 4:43.53 seconds.

Ashani Robb made light work of the field in the U20 Girls 1500m, romping home in 4:39.20s.

St Jago’s Keenan Lawerence ran 3:59.64 seconds to finish second in the U18 Boys 1500m. It was another quinella in the U20 Boys final with Shevan Parks running away to win in 3:56.73 seconds ahead of Kristoff Darby 4:03.76 seconds.

Fullerton and teammate Zinedine Russell produced another quinella in the Girls Open Octathlon. Fullerton totalled 4597 points to Russell 4524 points to close out their two day campaign.

The country secured all but one of the 400m events contested on day one. Stacey Ann Williams (54.00 seconds) won in the U18 Girls final, while Christopher Taylor did enough to secure the Boys equivalent in 47.36 seconds.

There was no such success for Jamaica in the U20 Girls section as Tiffany James claimed the bronze in 52.70 seconds. Semoy Hemmings held on for 4th in 53.89 seconds.

The Gold went to the outstanding Barbadian talent Sada Williams in 52.07 seconds ahead of defending champion Bahamian Shaquania Dorsett 52.50 seconds.

Akeem Bloomfield sealed the deal for the Jamaica with an easy 46.01 seconds effort to win the U20 Boys final.

The night had a happy ending for Jamaica with an almost perfect display in the 100m sprints. There was victory in both the U18 divisions courtesy of Kimone Shaw,
(11.56 seconds) and Jhevaughn Matherson ( 10.42 seconds). Dejour Russel with a late surge managed to pocket silver in the U18 Boys final in 10.60 seconds.

The well talked about Trinidadian, Khalifa St Forte won the U20 Girls Final on her Carifta Debut, clocking 11.40 seconds to win ahead of Jamaica’s Patrice Moody 11.68 seconds.

St. Elizabeth Technical standout, Nigel Ellis produced another tremendous effort to secure the U20 Boys final in 10.16 seconds, just shy of Yohan Blake’s 10.11 seconds record effort from 2007. Raheem Chambers secured third in 10.35 seconds. The duo was separated by defending champion Mario Burke out of Barbados, who clocked 10.29 seconds.

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