Junior Athletes Sweep 200 Metre Races On Closing Day of Carifta Games

 

Jamaica’s Briana Williams with a personal best of 23.11 seconds headlined the island’s clean sweep of the 200 metres on the final day of competition at the Carifta Games being held at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas on Monday.

Williams, who won the Girls’ Under 17 100 metres in record time on Saturday and also took gold in the 4×100 metres relay yesterday, added the Girls’ Under 17 200 metres title to her collection.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Shaniqua Bascombe grabbed the silver medal with a time of 23.75 seconds, while the Under 17 100 metre silver medallists, Jaida Knowles had to settle with a bronze medal after registering a time of 23.85 seconds. The other Jamaican in the race, Sasheika Steele finished fourth in 24.13 seconds.

Rajay Morris, who headed into the Under 17 Boys’ 200 metre final with the fastest qualifying time, claimed the gold medal with a time of 21.25 seconds. His teammate Andre Bent, who won the Under 17 Boys 100 metre title, finished second in 21.42 seconds. The Bahamas’ Terrance Jones took third place by clocking a time of 21.69 seconds.

The Under 20 Girls 100 metre silver medallist, Ockera Myrie went one better as she claimed gold in the 200 metre race in a time of 23.34 seconds. She beat Gemina Joseph of French Guiana, who ran 23.70 seconds for the silver medal, while Bahamian, Devine Parker claimed the bronze medal with her run of 23.77 seconds.

Myrie’s teammate, Ray-Donna Lee crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 23.88.

Calabar star athlete, Christopher Taylor, decimated the Boys’ Under 20 metre field in winning gold with a time of 20.38 seconds. The other Jamaican in the race, Xavier Narine, won the bronze medal in 21.07 seconds as he failed to catch Joel Johnson of the Bahamas, who took the silver medal.

Jamaica has claimed several clean sweeps at the Carifta Games. On Saturday, the junior athletes swept the 1500 metres, while on Sunday, they won all four gold medals in the 400 metre hurdles and the 4×100 metre relays. The athletes also swept the sprint hurdles.

 

Ansray Thomas

 

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