Ja extend lead at Carifta Games

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Monday, April 09, 2012

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A new meet record 43.99m set by Paul Ann Gayle highlighted Jamaica's continued dominance on yesterday's second day of the 41st Lime CARIFTA Games being held in Bermuda.

The Edwin Allen high student, who set a new Class Three record at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls Champs, smashed the 41.13m set by Martinique's Claudie Eloise 13 years ago in 1999 by two metres and 86 centimetres and was more than five metres better than her teammate Venique Harris, who was second with 38.93m with Trinidad's Shaiann Charles third in 38.15m.

The Jamaicans, who are seeking to overhaul the 66 medals won last year, finished the day on 52 medals, 26 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze, well ahead of The Bahamas who are on 25 (9-8-8) and Trinidad and Tobago 15 (3-5-7).

Another 24 finals will be contested on today's final day of the three-day championships as the Jamaicans seek their 28th straight victory.

Included today will be the eagerly anticipated 200m races that should see some keen competition.

The Turks and Caicos' Delano Williams, who won the Class One boys 200m at the recent Boys Champs for Munro College, will defend the Under-20 title against Jamaica's IAAF World Youth Championships silver medallist, while the Bahamas' Antonique Strachan will defend her Under-20 girls against Jamaica's Shericka Jackson, the World Youth Championships bronze medallist.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Jevaughn Minzie was stripped of his Under-20 boys 100m silver medal after a protest of what appeared to be a false start on Saturday night.

After a false start that saw the disqualification of The Bahamas' Jonathon Farquharson, Minzie seems to jump before the gun but the race was not called back and he was eventually overhauled by teammate Jazeel Murphy, who won in a wind-aided 10.31 seconds.

After a series of protests and counter-protests, Minzie was eventually disqualified and Bahamas' Shane Jones was elevated to the silver medal position and Anguilla's Zharnel Hughes the bronze.

Yesterday, Jamaica who swept the sprint relays last year, surrendered both Under-20 titles to The Bahamas as Strachan produced a brilliant anchor leg to overtake Shericka Jackson in the girls race to win in 45.02 seconds to Jamaica's 45.18 seconds.

The Bahamas also won the Under-20 boys in 40.48 seconds, to Jamaica's 40.78 seconds.

Jamaica won the Under-17 races as well as dominating the 800m and intermediate hurdles.

Semoya Campbell won her second gold when she won the Under-20 girls 800m in 2:08.48 after winning the 1,500m a day earlier.

Tiffany James and Chantai Smith were first and second in the Under-17 girls' section, while Ricardo McKenzie became the first Cornwall College boy to win a gold medal when he won the Under-17 section.

Janieve Russell retained her Under-20 400m hurdles title when she ran 58.80 seconds as Omar McLeod and Shavon Barnes took the gold and silver in the boys Under-20 race.

Okeen Williams and Marvin Williams were first and second in the Under-17 boys' section with Andrenetta Knight taking the bronze in the girls Under-17 300m hurdles.

In the morning session, Jamaica added two medals -- a gold and a bronze.

Xavier Boland retained the boys Open pole vault with a 4.40m clearance, but failed in his attempt to break the record of 4.60m set by compatriot K'Don Samuels in 2008.

Shamar Kitson took the bronze in the Under-17 boys' discus throw in 44.34m behind Trinidad's Kenejah Williams' 50.36m and Bahamian Drexel Maycock 45.35m.

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