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Barbados captures seven medals of final day of CAC Juniors
SHAKERA Hall set a new record as the junior athletes of Barbados captured seven more medals on Sunday on the final day of competition at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in El Salvador.
Team Barbados ended the championships in sixth place in the medal standings with 18 medals – six gold, six silver and six bronze. Leading the medal standings was regional track and field powerhouse Jamaica with 44 medals (20 gold, 15 silver and nine bronze) with Mexico second with 19 (11 gold, six silver and two bronze) and Trinidad and Tobago in third position with 23 medals (8 gold, six silver and nine bronze).
Hall led the way for the Bajans with a record breaking run in the Under-18 Girls’ 100m hurdles on Sunday evening. After picking up a bronze in the Under-18 Girls’ 400 metre hurdles, Hall bounced back to take the gold at the shorter distance in a new meet record time of 13.53 seconds. Jamaica’s Tishanna Montieth was second in 13.55 seconds, while Bahamas’ Devynne Charlton was third in 13.77 seconds. The old record of 13.72 was set by Kierre Beckles in 2006.
Sade-Mariah Greenidge once again got the better of Jamaica’s Chrisdale McCarthy in the Under-20 Girls’ 100 metre hurdles to win the gold in 13.48 seconds. Jamaica took the next two medals with McCarthy second in 13.69 seconds and Samantha Scarlett third in 13.78 seconds.
Tia-Adana Belle, who had won a silver in the Under-18 Girls’ 400 metre hurdles on Friday night, followed that up with another silver in the flat 400 metres in a time of 55.92 seconds. Jamaica’s Tiffany James crossed the line first in 55.09 seconds, while St. Kitt’s Renika Daniel was third in 56.13 seconds.
Anthonio Mascoll won his second silver medal of the championships on Sunday in the Under-20 Boys’ 400 metres. The gold medal went to Cuba’s Yoandys Prado in 46.17 seconds, Mascoll was second in 47.10 and third was Bermuda’s Shaquille Dill in 47.16 seconds.
The other silver medal on Sunday night came in the Under-18 Boys’ 4x400m Relay. The team of Levi Cadogan, Mario Burke, Dario Scantlebury and Jerrad Mason captured the silver in 3 minutes, 14.31 seconds. Easy winners in that race was Trinidad and Tobago in 3:11.66, while Puerto Rico was third in 3:14.78.
The Under-20 Boys’ 4x400 metre team of Mascoll, Kion Joseph, Tramaine Maloney and Nikolai Gall won bronze in a time of 3:10.73. Jamaica was first over the line in 3:08.94 and seconds was Bahamas in 3:10.31.
Nicolai Bovelle won bronze in the Under-20 Boys’ Javelin with a throw of 68.20 metres, while Janeil Craigg was fourth with 68.13 metres. The major talking point in that event was the impressive performance of Keshorn Walcott who blew away the CAC record with a heave of 82.83 metres for the gold medal. The old record was 69.91 metres set in 2000 by Venezuela’s Edwin Cuesta. Walcott’s performance is the leading throw in the world by a junior for the year, surpassing the 80.11 he threw in Cuba in May. Walcott holds five of the top ten distances in the javelin by a junior so far this year, according to the statistics compiled by the IAAF. (PG)