Sprinters roar back - Ja dominate sprint relays on Carifta’s day two

Sprinters roar back - Ja dominate sprint relays on Carifta’s day two

Sprinters roar back

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Monday, April 01, 2013

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AFTER winning just one of four 100m gold medals on Saturday, Jamaica's sprinters roared back decisively last night winning three of four 4x100m relays on the second day of the 42nd CARIFTA Games Track and Field Championships at the brand new 15,000-seater Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

With the Under-20 girls' team dropping the baton at the second exchange, while leading by a long way, the other three teams won in style with anchor runner Odail Todd running past the Trinidad and Tobago athlete to lead the Under-20 boys home to victory in 39.92 seconds after the Bahamas, the defending champions, dropped the baton.

Jevaughn Minzie led off the team to 100m silver medallist Jazeel Murphy, with hurdler Tyler Mason running the third leg.

Both Under-17 teams finished ahead of Barbados and Bahamas; the boys winning in 41.38 seconds and the girls in 45.62 seconds.

Jamaica, meanwhile, are well ahead in the medal tables, and with a number of field events still to be completed at press time last night, had won another 20 medals on yesterday's second day for a total of 45 inclusive of 18 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze. This is, however, behind last year's two day total of 51 medals; 25 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze.

Yesterday national junior record holder Omar McLeod made it three wins in a row in the Under-20 boys' 400m hurdles, winning in 51.46 seconds, adding to victories in Bermuda last year and Montego Bay in 2011.

Kimone Green, a former Under-17 champion, won the girls' Under-20 gold medal in 59.31 seconds, ahead of teammate Tatiana Wolfe who took the silver in 1:00.65, and Tia-Adanna Belle of Barbados took the bronze.

Patrice Moody was second in the Under-17 300m hurdles in 43.73 seconds, behind Trinidad's Jemeise Parris who won in 43.24 seconds, while Orlando Smith was also second in the Under-17 boys' 400m hurdles in 56.89 seconds beaten by Barbados's Rivaldo Leacock in 53.11.

Shanieke Watson won the girls' 3,000m Open in 10 minutes 56.07 seconds ahead of teammate Derricka Pitters (11.05.00 seconds) with Bermuda's Zakiyya Showers taking the bronze.

A day after winning the 1,500m, Jauavney James returned to win a second gold medal, winning the 3,000m in 9:22.52, beating Guadeloupe's Nardin Alvin and Trinidad's Alexander Haleem.

All but one of the Jamaican 200m runners advanced to this evening's finals after Shelleice Clarke, who won a bronze medal in the Under-17 girls' 100m on Saturday, was disqualified after she picked the start in the first round.

Nataliah Whyte, the Under-17 girls 100m champion, looked on course to take the double after winning her semi-finals heat in the 200m easily, running 25.13 seconds.

IAAF World Youth silver medallist Odail Todd (21.36 seconds) and Jevaughn Minzie, competing without any controversies for the first time in three years, running a fast 21.18 seconds, both won their heats in the Under-20 boys' section.

Shericka Jackson, who won bronze last year, won her girls' Under-20 semi-final heat in 23.68 seconds, while Kedisha Dallas was second in her heat in 24.51 seconds, behind pre-race favourite and 400m winner Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas (23.67 seconds).

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