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CARIFTA | Powerful Jamaica lead medal count

Renardo Johnson (right) who won the 1500m in 4:09.73 and team mate Tyrese Reid who copped Silver in 4:09.86 in the  U-18 1500m final Renardo Johnson (right) who won the 1500m in 4:09.73 and team mate Tyrese Reid who copped Silver in 4:09.86 in the U-18 1500m final
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Apr 16, CMC – Powerhouse Jamaica enter day two of the 46th CARIFTA Games here top of the standings with 28 medals, following a dominant performance on Saturday’s opening day.

Even though they stumbled in the traditionally strong area of the sprints by winning just one of the the four, they made up in the 400m by winning three of the four finals, and in the 1500 where they made a clean sweep.

They have 12 gold, 10 silver and six bronze, with Trinidad and Tobago second on nine medals – comprising four gold and five bronze.

The Bahamas lie third on six after picking up two gold, three silver and one bronze.

Jamaica’s dominance in Saturday’s evening session began when they bossed the 1500m, laying the platform for their success in the quarter-mile events.

In the girls Under-18 opener, they produced a one-two with Shaquena Foote winning in a time of four minutes, 45.51 seconds and her teammate Rushana Dwer following her home in 4:48.51.

In the boys equivalent Jamaica again swept the top two podium spots with Renardo Johnson taking gold in 4:09.74 and Tyrese Reid, silver in 4:09.87.

The trend continued in the girls Under-20 race where Britnie Dixon captured gold in 4:58.79 to lead a Jamaica one-two, with Kara Grant second in 4:59.06.

Ackeen Colley then ensured Jamaica remained on top, winning the boys Under-20 in 3:55.83, with Guyana’s Anferne Headecker (3:58.22) and Cayman Islands’ Dominic Dyer (3:59.33), second and third respectively.

  • Countries: Jamaica