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Stage set for CARIFTA 2013 after Terrific Bahamas Performance in Bermuda at CARIFTA 2012.
40 Medals overall, 3 from the Eleutheran athletes.
(Hamilton, Bermuda) - Expectations for CARIFTA 42 in The Bahamas in 2013 are exceptionally high following the towering presence of the nation on the track and field, and in the stands with the Junkanoo music pulsating at the 2012, LIME sponsored 41ST CARIFTA GAMES held at the NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE, DEVONSHIRE, BERMUDA.
The youngsters of the 70 member national team erupted in celebration after the final event of the meet, which saw the dominant under 20, 4x400m relay team add one more gold to the 13 in the grand total of 40 medals overall.
The Bahamas took a firm grip of second spot with 14 gold medals, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals at the end of Carifta weekend behind Jamaica, who won with 34 gold medals, 25 silver and 19 bronze. The Bahamas was followed by Trinidad and Tobago who finished third on the medal table with six gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze.
In individual performances, it was another outstanding showing for Anthonique Strachan who for the second consecutive time won the Austin Seely Award as the adjudged Most Outstanding athlete of the meet. She had commanding victories in the under 20, 100m final (11.22 wind 4.4), 200m RECORD final (22.85 wind -0.7), and in the 4x100m final. There were several other tremendous performers for the country, including, Carmiesha Cox, who finished a strong second in the 100m finals (11.54 wind 4.4) and ran the second leg on the 4x100m relay team.
As well as:
- Ryan Ingraham who won the U20 High Jump 2.11m
- Latario Collie-Minns - jumped a record setting, impressive, 16.35m (wind -1.0) in the boys U20 Triple jump, followed by his twin brother Lathone (15.55m wind -0.8)
- Janeko Cartwright won the U17 boys 400m Dash in 50.04s
- Rashan Brown won the U20 girls 400m Dash in 54.92s
- O'Jay Ferguson won the U20 boys 400m in 47.32s
- Juannae Lewis (57.64s) finished second in the U17 girls 400m behind Jamaica's Yanique McNeil (55.82s)
- Cliff Resias won the U17 boys 100m (10.67s)
- In the Under 20, Girls Triple Jump; Tamara Myers picked up second place with 11.62m (wind -1.4), while Antonique Butler took third with 11.43m (wind 1.6). Sabina Allen of Jamaica won with a 12.18m jump.
- The successful 4x100m U20 boys’ team was made up of Teray Smith, Blake Bartlett, Jonathan Farquharson, and Shane Jones.
Eleuthera’s four competing athletes brought back three medals:
Keianna Albury of North Eleuthera, at the Church Service in Nassau prior to the meet. BAAA photo.
Andre Colebrooke of Central Eleuthera won bronze in the 800m Under 20 (After a Jamaican disqualification), and he finished 8th in the 1500m. The race was won by Mark London of Trinidad and Tobago (1.55.65), Shaquille Dill of Bermuda finished second (1.55.91) and Colebrooke third (1.56.66).
Denzel Pratt of South Eleuthera won bronze in a hotly contested U17 Javelin (59.33m). First and second went to Anderson Peters (60.50m) and Mickel Joseph (59.45m) both of Grenada.
Keianna Albury of North Eleuthera, won silver as part of the 4x100m relay (U17) and finished a strong 4th in the 100m final (12.02s wind 4.6). The race was won by Jamaica's Shauna Helps (11.66 wind 4.6), Nelda Huggins of the BVI finished 2nd (11.77) and Saqukine Cameron of Jamaica third (11.90).
Kristina Knowles of Central Eleuthera finished 8th in the U17, 1500m. She undoubtedly will have future opportunities at the games.
In 1972, Austin Sealy, then president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior track and field championship meet.
The meet normally runs over three days during the Easter period and includes over 150 separate events. The Games has two age categories for boys and girls: under-17 and under-20, the latter in line with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. The meet is run entirely under IAAF rules.