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Marshall twins in Carifta team

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IDENTICAL twin brothers Akeem and Romario Marshall motivate and encourage each other but they also enjoy a friendly rivalry whenever they compete.
This rivalry has resulted in both of them making the Barbados track and field team for this year’s CARIFTA Games in Martinique, later this month.
Last year, Akeem left his sibling Romario behind when he was selected for the Games in The Bahamas.
Akeem went on to win a silver medal in the Under-17 Boys’ 800 metres and this performance inspired Romario to train even harder and try to emulate him.
That extra work has now paid dividends and the two Grantley Adams Memorial fifth-formers, who hail from Fruitful Hill in St Joseph, have both secured spots on the 35-member team in the new Under-18 division where they are likely to contest the 800 metres.
Romario qualified at the recent PowerAde Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships when he clocked one minute, 55.92 seconds while finishing second to Queen’s College’s Tre Hinds in the Under-20 Boys’ 800 metres.
Akeem was also in the same race and finished fourth with a time of 1:57.55.
“It feels great knowing I’ve got somebody to push me in all my races as we do the same events,” Akeem told MIDWEEKSPORT?in an interview after that race.
“I feel very good running against my own brother, someone who has the same strength as me to push me through my races,” Romario said.
“There is a rivalry between me and him, all the time at homeat night. As soon as we come from practice, we would be home arguing about who is the better one in any race,” Akeem admitted.
To this Romario replied: “Well, I have nothing to say about that because all the time he tells me he is going to beat me but when the day comes, I beat him.”
Whereas Romario finished ahead of Akeem in the 800 metres, the tables were turned in the 1 500 metres with Akeem third and Romario fourth in a race won by St George Secondary’s Dario Grandison from Combermere School’s Raheem Skinner.
They have also interchanged positions at other meets throughout the year with Romario (50.07) winning the 400 metres at the Louis Lynch Championships from Akeem (50.33) as well as the 800 metres (1:57.02) with Akeem (1:58.85) second.
However, at the CARIFTA Trials, Akeem won the 800 metres in 1:58.19 with Romario (1:58.23) second.
But Akeem, who also got a second silver as part of the 4×400-metre relay squad, said he would be going after the gold medal at CARIFTA in the 800 metres.
“This year at CARIFTA, I will probably be looking to get the gold medal because last year I had to settle for the silver,” Akeem said, noting they both had the support of their family.
“They encourage both of us. One day, they would tell me to ‘beat him’ and then when they go to him, they would tell him to beat me, so we motivate each other and get [each other] ready for the race,” Akeem noted.
Both boys attended St Andrew’s Primary but unlike Akeem, who competed at the National Primary Schools Athletic Championships twice, Romario started competing in his first year at Grantley Adams and immediately started dominating.
“My motivation was Akeem – seeing him going all these places and I was at home. I tell myself that ‘I don’t want to stay home anymore and that I’m going to come out and beat him andthey are going to have to take me as well,” Romario said.
So said, so done.
And now both will be on the same flight to Martinique next week to represent Barbados at the Caribbean’s most prestigious junior games.

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