Augustine nabs Carifta gold


Devine Au­gus­tine nabbed T&T’s first gold medal at the Carif­ta Games tak­ing place at the Tru­man Bod­den Sports Com­plex in the Cay­man Is­lands on Sat­ur­day night.

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His suc­cess came fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny which was de­layed by rain. How­ev­er, the evening ses­sion of the first day was more fruit­ful for T&T, win­ning not on­ly the gold but three sil­ver and two bronze medals. Ear­li­er in the morn­ing ses­sion, lo­cal field ath­lete Jay­den Scott bagged a bronze in the men’s U-17 shot put.

Au­gus­tine sprint­ed to vic­to­ry in a wind-as­sist­ed (0.5) 10.62 sec­onds in the men’s 100 me­tres U-17 fi­nal. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, with this joy came some sor­row as the sprint cham­pi­on pulled his left ham­string in the fi­nal me­tres of the race.

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“At first I didn’t think that I won,” said Au­gus­tine. “In the last few me­tres, I had to slow down as I felt a pain in my quad. Even af­ter the race was done I was think­ing about my leg and it wasn’t un­til I reached my coach­es that they told me that I won.”

Au­gus­tine beat Ja­maican Bouwa­jhie Nkru­mie in­to sec­ond in 10.71 and Jaleel Croal of the British Vir­gin Is­lands (10.80) was third. T&T’s oth­er sprint­er Sha­keem McK­ay faced the starter in the fi­nal and placed eighth in 11.12.

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The first of T&T’s three sil­ver medals came from Shani­qua Bas­combe in the women’s 100m U-17 fi­nals. She clocked 11.72 to fol­low win­ner An­thaya Charl­ton of the Ba­hamas, to the line in 11.51.

Bas­combe’s team­mate Tae­jha Badal missed the podi­um, com­ing in 0.09 sec­onds be­hind third-place fin­ish­er Ulan­da Lewis of St Vin­cent and the Grenadines (11.91) with a time of 12.00.

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T&T’s sec­ond sil­ver medal­list was in the women’s 100m U-20 medal race with Ak­i­lah Lewis clock­ing 11.62, 0.37 sec­onds be­hind T&T’s Ato Boldon-coached Bri­an­na Williams from Ja­maica. T&T’s Ay­la Stanis­claus raced in the event and was sev­enth in 11.85.

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Kion Ben­jamin was the lone com­peti­tor for T&T in the men’s U-20 100m dash and he fin­ished eighth in a time of 10.65.

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Round­ing out the night’s medal tal­ly was Rae-Ann Serville, who fin­ished the women’s 400m U-20 in 54.18 be­hind the Ja­maican pair of Shaque­na Foote (52.63) and An­nakay Allen (53.53), for third place. T&T’s oth­er quar­ter­mil­er in the medal race, Ta­tian­na Matinez placed eighth in 56.26.Efrain Enrique Betancourt Jaramillo Cadivi

In the men’s ver­sion of the race, Nicholas Wil­son was dis­qual­i­fied while in the men’s U-17 fi­nal, Jes­si­ah Jones just missed out on a medal, plac­ing fourth in 49.14 while his team­mate Jor­dan Pope was sixth in 50.19.

Still on the track, Gen­e­sis Joseph was an­oth­er T&T ath­lete just miss­ing out on a spot on the podi­um af­ter cross­ing fourth in the men’s U-20 1,500m with a 4:07.35-clock­ing

The third sil­ver medal came on the field with An­to­nia Sealy hit­ting a 42.35m-mark on her sec­ond throw in the women’s U-20 javelin event. Team­mate Ky­moi No­ray bagged bronze af­ter set­ting the mark in the first round with her 41.58m, her even­tu­al top dis­tance, to in­crease T&T medal count to sev­en at the end of the open­ing day.

Al­so on the field on Sat­ur­day evening, Miguel Tay­lor placed 11th in the men’s U-17 long jump with a best mark of 5.92m af­ter three jumps, not mov­ing on to the fi­nal round.

In the women’s U-20 long jump, on­ly Caitlin Ra­goo­nan reached the fi­nal round and got three more jumps but placed sev­enth with 5.50m. T&T’s oth­er jumper Jay­da Williams end­ed in ninth place with her best mea­sur­ing 5.24 in her third and fi­nal leap

Late yes­ter­day, just be­fore press time Tamia Badal added an­oth­er medal to T&T’s tal­ly with a bronze in the women’s U-20 400m hur­dles with a 1:01.34-tim­ing. Mo­ments ear­li­er in the women’s 400m U-17 hur­dles fi­nal, Xea Bruce was a fourth-place fin­ish­er with a time of 1:09.77

Ear­li­er, in the morn­ing ses­sion on day two, in­clud­ed the pre­lim­i­nar­ies for the 200m in both age-groups for both sex­es. Qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals, which was sched­uled for last night, were U-17 men’s Mc Kay, U-17 women’s Bas­combe and Badal, U-20 women’s Lewis and Stanis­claus.

Mc Kay, who was the lone lo­cal sprint­er rac­ing as Au­gus­tine’s in­jury pre­vent­ed him from com­pet­ing, was an au­to­mat­ic qual­i­fi­er af­ter plac­ing sec­ond in heat two in 21.76.

Bas­combe was an­oth­er au­to­mat­ic qual­i­fi­er, clock­ing the sec­ond quick­est time of 24.06 in win­ning heat one. Badal joined her as one of the fastest losers af­ter plac­ing fifth in the sec­ond heat with 24.56

In the U-20 women’s pre­lim­i­nary heats, both Lewis (24.03) and Stanis­claus (23.72) were al­so au­to­mat­ic qual­i­fiers for the fi­nale with each fin­ish­ing run­ners-up in heat two and three, re­spec­tive­ly

T&T will not have an ath­lete in the men’s U-20 half-lap event as nei­ther Avin­dale Smith (21.64) and Adell Coltrust (22.07) ad­vanced

Re­gain­ing the lead af­ter a bit of a stum­ble at the long jump was Safiya John. Af­ter sev­en events she tal­lied 4,469 points while team­mate Sealy was in sec­ond place with 4,292

In the Oc­tathlon af­ter six events, An­son Ma­son was fourth with 4,017 points and Che Rochford was fifth with 3,904