Jamaica 50 at CARIFTA second day

PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Monday, April 01, 2013 | 11:33 AM    

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Jamaica are well on the way to winning a 29th straight CARIFTA Games track and field championships after ending the second day of the three-day event at the Thomas A Robinson stadium in Nassau, Bahamas with 50 medals, well ahead of the hosts on 21.

Twenty-five more finals are down to be contested on today’s final day with Jamaica well placed in almost all to win more medals and extend their dominance in the premier regional age-group championships.

At the end of competition on Sunday, the Jamaicans had won 20 gold medals, 19 silvers and 11 bronze with the Bahamas winning five golds and eight silver and bronze medals.

The Jamaicans won three of four 4x100m relays to end Sunday’s programme with the Under-20 girls dropping the baton, just as they did at the IAAF World Championships in Barcelona, Spain last year.

Late Sunday, Shardia Lawrence shrugged off early foul troubles to win the Under-20 girls triple jump with 12.99m ahead of teammate Tamara Moncrieffe at 12.95m; Clive Pullen was second in the Under-20 boys long jump with 7.38m, just beaten by the Bahamas’ Laquan Nairne’s 7.40m while Gleneve Grange won the Under-20 discus with 47.95m, an improvement on her silver medal last year, beating teammate Rochelle Frazer who threw 42.33m.

Grange earlier in the day successfully defended her Pentathlon title, scoring 3628 points well ahead of the 3292 points she scored last year.

Adrian Riley was second in the boys Heptathlon with 4665 points behind the Bahamas’ Desmond Major’s 4707 points.

Today’s afternoon session will see the finals of the 200m, 800m, the sprint hurdles and the 4x400m relays on the track with a number of field events also scheduled.




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