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Kirton-Browne’s silver gives Barbados an 8th CARIFTA medal


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Barbados added a silver medal to their tally during a short morning session on the final day of the 47th Flow CARIFTA Games here Monday.

Rowland Kirton-Browne came second in the Under-17 Girls’ javelin with a personal-best effort of 42.77 metres, achieved on her second throw at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

It brought Barbados’ medal tally to eight – one gold, four silver and three bronze – ahead of this evening’s final session.

The javelin gold medal went to home girl, Rhema Otabor of the Bahamas with a record throw of 44.21 metres.

Barbados’ other competitor, Vanessa Greaves was fourth with a best throw of 32.12 metres while Curacao’s Gianisa Olbino (40.70) took the bronze.

Nathan Crawford-Wallis was fifth in the Under-17 Boys’ long jump. He had a best leap of 6.51 metres as Jamaican Jordan Turner (6.92) won gold while Trinidadian Savion Joseph (6.89) took silver and Jamaican Luke Browne (6.87) gained bronze.   

On Sunday night, Zion Hill captured a silver medal in the Under-20 Boys’ javelin on his CARIFTA debut with a career-best throw of 63.12 metres. Trinidadian Tyriq Horsford predictably struck gold with 68.15 metres while Bahamian Hughie Sean Rolle (62.44) got the bronze.

The Under-20 Boys’ 4×100-metre relay quartet of Nathan Ferguson, Antoni Hoyte-Small, Matthew Clarke and anchor Kuron Griffith also gained a bronze with a time of 40.43 seconds.

They finished behind Jamaica (39.56) and Trinidad & Tobago (40.29) but significantly, the Bahamas, who had the two fastest boys in Joel Johnson and Adrian Curry, were shut out of the medals, finishing a close fourth in 40.46 seconds.

In today’s afternoon session, Sarah Belle and the baby of the team, Anika Blackman will begin their medal quest in the Under-17 Girls’ 100 Metres Hurdles.

Ferguson will also battle in the Under-20 Boys’ 110 Metres Hurdles. 

Defending champion Jonathan Jones will be seeking gold as he and newcomer Tafari Bishop compete in the Under-20 Boys’ 800 metres.

Darian Clarke, the 100 metres bronze medallist, hunts another medal in the Under-17 Boys’ 200 final. While Dominique Wood vies for a medal in the Under-17 Girls’ Triple Jump.

Big southpaw Triston Gibbons will have his sights set on a medal in the Under-20 Boys’ Shot Put, along with Seth Edwards. 

Towards the end of the night, Jonathan Miller and Jadon Brome will hit the sand pit for the Under-20 Boys’ Triple Jump.

The 4×400 metres quartet of possibly, Ferguson, Rasheeme Griffith, Hoyte-Small and Jones will also be looking to get on the medal podium.

Barbados won’t be fielding 4×400 relay teams in the Under-17 age group or among the Under-20 girls. (EZS)




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