Jamaicans dominate at Carifta
Jamaica ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday's final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.
This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.
The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (six gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (six gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).
The girls Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily.
Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica's quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys event in 3:12.54.
Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the under-20 girls event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73, ahead of The Bahamas, 3:38.96, with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.
Running a well controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were, Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.
It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country's athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.
In the girls under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her team-mate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given identical times of 13.73 seconds.
It was disappointment for Jamaica's Dejour Russell in the Boy's under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.
Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the under-20 boys 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.
It was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donald in the girls Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships, following wins in the 1500m on Saturday's opening day.
Jamaica's other win came in the girls under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.