Jamaica tops at CARIFTA 2016

The official results of CARIFTA 2016 saw host country Grenada taking fourth position out of 26 countries with 13 medals.

JamaicaThe three-day event, which was held at the National Athletics Stadium at Queen’s Park, culminated on Easter Monday with Spice country securing three gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

Local athletes were very competitive at the games but in the end, the region’s power house in track & field – Jamaica – emerged once again as CARIFTA champions.

The Jamaicans ended with a haul of 86 medals – 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.

Coming in second was the Bahamas with 34 medals, comprised of 6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.
Trinidad and Tobago took the third spot with their tally of 14 medals – 3 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze.

CARIFTA champions Jamaica left the national arena with 23 record breaking performances from their talented athletes, while the Bahamas set 10 new records, Barbados followed with 6, Grenada with 4 and Trinidad and Tobago with 3.

The winners of the different events for the 45th CARIFTA games are as follows:

Shiann Salmon of Jamaica won girls High Jump under 18 with 1.82 meters.

Tyrique Horsford of Trinidad and Tobago won the Boys Javelin throw under 18 with 73.00 meters.

Lacee Barnes of Cayman Islands won girls Shot Put Under 18 with 14.90 meters.

Girls Heptathlon open was won by Janell Fullerton of Jamaica with 4597 points.

Kendrick Thompson of the Bahamas with 5849 points won Boys Octathlon.

Kimone Shaw of Jamaica won girls’ 100-meter dash under 18, with a time of 11.56 seconds.

Jhevaughn Maherson won the Boys 100 meter dash under 18 with a time of 10.42 seconds.

Khalifa St. Fort of Trinidad and Tobago secured gold in the girls’ 100-meter dash under 20 with a time of 11.40 secs.

The 100-meter dash for Males Under 20 was won by Nigel Ellis of Jamaica with a blistering time of 10.16 secs.

Stacey-Ann Williams of Jamaica took gold in the Girls’ 400-meter with a time of 54.00 secs.

Christopher Taylor of Jamaica secured gold in the Boys’ 400-meter doing a time of 47.36 secs.

Sada Williams of Barbados got gold in the Girls’ 400 meters under 20 with a time of 57.07 secs.

Akeem Bloomfield of Jamaica secured the boys’ 400-meter title for Under 20 in 46.01 secs.

Winning Boys Triple Jump under 18 was Enzo Hodebar of Guadeloupe.

Jermaine Francis of St Kitts and Nevis won boys High Jump under 20.

Boys Discus throw under 20 was secured by Josh Boeteng of Grenada.

The Girls 1500 meter for run under 18 went to Cemore Donald of Jamaica (4.42.61 secs) while in the Boys 1500 meter for under 18, the top spot was secured by Jonathon Jones of Barbados in a time of 3.57.19 secs.

Yanis David of Guadeloupe won Long Jump Under 20 girls.

The Girls Shot Put under 20 was won by Janell Fullerton of Jamaica with a distance of 14.52 meters.

The Girls 1500 meter run in the under 20 category saw Asshanti Rob of Jamaica taking gold with a time of 4.39.20 secs while in the Boys division Shevan Parkes of Jamaica took gold with a time of 3.56.73 seconds.

Aiko Jones of Jamaica won girls Discus Throw under 18 with a distance of 46.49 meters.

Shian Salmon of Jamaica won the Girls 400 meter Hurdles under 18 with a time of 59.50 secs while 400 meter Hurdles under 20 was won by Shannon Kalawan also of Jamaica with a time of 56.29 secs.

The Boys 400 meter Hurdles for under 18 saw Rasheem Griffith of Barbados taking gold with a time of 52.22 secs.

The relays, which are the most looked forward to events in most major athletic games, was dominated by Jamaica.

The CARIFTA champions took gold in every one of the relay events leaving the other countries settling for silver and bronze.

This culminated the games on Monday, which saw a wide cross section of the Grenadian public coming out in full support of the region future track and field stars.

CARIFTA officials have already started preparations for the 2017 games to be held in Curacao.

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