Williams, Seville cop senior Carifta 100m titles

Monday, April 22, 2019

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IAAF World Under-20 sprint double champion Briana Williams and World Under-20 men's leader Oblique Seville won the senior 100m gold medals on Saturday's first day of the 48th Carifta Games, at Truman Bodden Complex in Grand Cayman.

For the first time in years, the Jamaicans were shut out of the medals in the Under-17 girls' section and ended with five of the 12 medals that were on offer in the blue riband event.

Williams, who won the double in the Under-17 section last year on her way to winning the Austin, Sealy Award for the Games most outstanding athlete, got off to her usual bullet start, took control of the race, and was never challenged before winning in 11.25 seconds (0.3m/s).

Trinidad and Tobago's Akila Lewis was second in 11.62 seconds while Jamaica's Kemba Nelson won her first individual medal in national colours, taking the bronze in 11.68 seconds.

Interestingly — the trio had led the preliminaries, Williams running 11.71 seconds (-2.2m/s) while Lewis and Nelson had to be separated with a thousandth of a second, after both ran 11.84 seconds (-1.8m/s) in the first semi-final.

Seville and teammate Ryiem Robertson continued their duel, taking gold and silver, respectively, with 10.24 seconds (0.3m/s) to 10.37 seconds, while The Bahamas's Adrain Curry was third in 10.42 seconds.

Seville won at the ISSA Champs but Robertson took the race at Carifta Trials a week later.

The gold medallist had signalled his intentions early after running 10.56 seconds (-0.8m/s), the fastest in the morning's heats, while Robertson qualified on time after placing third in his semi-final heat in 10.86 seconds.

Bouwajhie Nkrumie was second in the Under-17 boys' 100m in 10.71 seconds (0.5m/s), behind Devine Augustine of Trinidad who ran 10.62 seconds, with the British Virgin Islands' Jaleel Croal taking the bronze in 10.80 seconds while the other Jamaican, Adrian Kerr, was fourth in 10.99 seconds.

Glacian Louton was the only Jamaican in the Under-17 girls' 100m, after the disqualification of Carifta Trials winner Carletta Bernard in the first-round heats.

Louton finished in fifth place with 12.17 seconds (0.5m/s).

—Paul Reid


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