Day 3 - 2013 CARIFTA Games - LIVE Blog

LIVE Updates from Day 3 of the 2013 CARIFTA Games, featuring the 800m and 200m finals, the 110m hurdles finals and the highly anticipated 4x400m relays. Bahama Live is on location bringing you live updates.

  • Live coverage of Day 3 starts now at the 2013 CARIFTA Games 

    The final day of the 2013 CARIFTA Games opened with Jeanelle Scheper of St. Lucia dominating the Under-20 Girls High Jump. Scheper was the lone competitor left standing when she attempted to clear 1.92 metres. Although unsuccessful at that height, Scheper won the event with her previous jump of 1.87 metres. She will leave the 2013 CARIFTA Games with a gold medal. #cariftalive #carifta2013
  • After some changes to the original programme, coming up in a few minutes will be the finals of the 800 metres. In the preliminary rounds, there were some impressive times clocked in the Under 20 Boys division. Heading into the final with the fastest qualifying time of 1:53.19 is Marbeq Edgar of St. Lucia.  Mark London of Trinidad & Tobago enters the finals after winning his heat in 1:55.10. Records may not fall this afternoon in the 800 metres, but expect there to be more impressive times.  

  • Jeanelle Scheper of St Lucia, gold medalist in the Under-20 girls High Jump

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    (Photos by Disha Fraser/Bahama Live)
  • The athletes who secured gold, silver and bronze in the Open Boys Heptathlon are receiving their medals. Charles Sealey of the Bahamas received bronze, Adrian Riley of Jamaica received silver and Desmond Major of the Bahamas captured gold. (Desmond Major pictured above)

  • Preview of 4x400m relays

    After being upset in the final of the Under-20 Boys Individual 400m final, expect that the Bahamas' Stephen Newbold will be out for blood in the 4x400m relay. It is not officially known as yet who will be on the starting team for the Bahamas, but surely Newbold and Kinard Rolle - the fastest quarter milers for Team Bahamas - will have secure spots. It will not be a walk in the park for the Bahamas. The Jamaicans, and surprisingly the British Virgin Islands are also strong contenders for the 4x400m relay gold medal.

  • Bermuda secures first medal 

    Faheema Kyra Scraders of Bermuda just won the Under-17 Girls 800m final in a time of 2:11.62, upsetting Guyana's Jevina Straker who had to fight for second with Lakiesha Warner. Not only is this Scrader's first CARIFTA gold medal, it is also the first gold medal for her homeland Bermuda. #cariftalive #carifta2013
  • It is a sprint to the finish in the boys Under-17 800m final. Jamaica and Barbados are on the final stretch fighting for gold. 
  • Ryan Butler of Jamaica pulled out the win at the tape after a spirited challenge by Akeem Marshall of Barbados in the Under-17 Boys 800m final. #cariftalive #carifta2013
  • Heptathlon champions after receiving their medals.

  • ‘Go hard or go home’, says Heptathlon winner

    Read about Desmond Major's journey to CARIFTA Gold: http://goo.gl/qoDod. His compelling story started with an injury in the CARIFTA Trials that sent him to the hospital. He bounced back and the rest is history. 


  • Shante Russell of the Bahamas and Christel Mapson of Grenada competing in the Under-17 girls 800m final.

  • 800m champion Faheemah Kyra Scraders of Bermuda on the last stretch of the 800m Under-17 girls.

  • Day 2 Highlights: Under 20 Girls 400m Hurdles
  • Jamaica's Ryan Butler, winner of the 800m Under-17 boys fina

  • Mike Sands, Bahamas Athletics Association President

    "So far the games have been going well despite a few hiccups. I am very satisfied about what is taking place with the games, the performances of all the athletes. Team Bahamas we had a few disappointments of course as we all know. But not withstanding that the over all performances of the athletes and the coaching staff and the LOC, the volunteers and the police were good."

    "Bearing in mind this is the first time that we have held an event of this magnitude in this facility. The hiccups are expected and we are trying to adjust them as necessary At the end of the day, all in all I am pretty satisfied.  You will have observed that the IAAF was here; we have had several meetings with them. We have had individual meetings with them and they have been walking around making their observations and they have indicated that they would like to work with us and we expect to get a report from them.

    "NACAC was here, the regional body, and we expect to get a report and I have asked them to give us critical analysis. The only way we will correct the flaws is if we  know exactly where those flaws are and otherwise."

  • The final of the Under 20 Boys 800m did not disappoint. As expected, Mark London of Trinidad and Tobago won the gold in a time of 1:51.34. That time was four seconds faster than what he ran in the heats. However, the biggest surprise was Andre Colebrooke of the Bahamas, who made a valiant effort, even diving at the finish line in an attempt to win the gold medal. Colebrooke was satisfied with second place, finishing in a time of 1:51.43 seconds.  


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  • Bahamian Olympian Pauline Davis Thompson, former Austin Sealy Award Winner

    "There are two things I will fight about and that’s my country and my sport. I am glad that the young athletes are getting the exposure  they  need. I remember as a young athlete having to fight for everything we needed in the sport.  I want us all to support the athletes and leave all our agendas behind and to remember that it’s not about us it’s about them."

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  • Third time's the charm

    Jamaica's Omar McLeod entered the 2013 CARIFTA Games with one goal in mind, win his third
    400m hurdle title.
    The two-time champ did just that on Sunday evening,
    clocking 51.
    46 seconds for the win in the Under 20 Boys Division. Taking silver
    in a time of 51.
    94 seconds was Kion Joseph of Barbados, with Ludvy Vaillant of
    Martinique third in a time of 52.
    31 seconds.

    McLeod will be on the track again in a few moments competing in the 110m hurdle finals, where he will be looking to medal as well.

    Jamaica also took gold and silver yesterday in the Under 20 Girls division, with Kimone Greene in first place at the finish line in 59.31 seconds, and Tatiana Wolfe second in 1:00.66. Taking third place and the bronze medal was Tia-Adana Belle
    of Barbados in a time of 1:01.
    30. 

  • Jamaica just captured gold and silver in the girls U-17 100m hurdles. Rushelle Burton clocked 13.96s ahead of her teammate Janeek Brown in 14.30s. Trinidad and Tobago's Jemenise Parris claimed the bronze in 14.63s.
  • Up next on the track is the U-20 girls 100m hurdles, featuring the U-20 100m champion Devynne Charlton. Charlton finished 5th last year in the hurdles and is looking to win gold today, adding to her two golds already won at the games for the 100m dash and 4x100m relay.

  • Special Olympics athletes still beaming after their CARIFTA debut 

    The Bahamian Special Olympics team made history on Saturday night by being the first cohort of Special Olympics athletes to compete in the CARIFTA Games in its 40 year history.

    With a great deal of jubilation, the  team of boys and girls  crossed the finish line to the resounding  applause of spectators after competing in the 100m on the first day of competition. 

    On the girls team Jade Smith who came first  in the 100m dash  summed up her performance in one word. She said it felt good to race down the track to the cheers of her Bahamian fans. Smith is a woman of few words; she said competing in the Special Olympics in Greece was “fun”.

    Meanwhile the 10-member boy’s team has lots to say about their win. “It wasn’t so bad. I was a little nervous. I was excited and happy about performing in front of the Bahamas,”said one of the athletes, who was a member of the Bahamas’ 4th place finishing basketball team in the Greece Special Olympics. 

    Only Bahamians competed in the Special Olympics event. Spectators were thrilled to have the athletes perform. 

    “I liked  what I saw yesterday with the introduction of the Special Olympians in the 100m. I hope it becomes a fixture on the CARIFTA circuit. We have athletes at home and if it is a fixture we will definitely send them to compete,” said Cayman Islands Assistant Coach, Kenrick Williams.

    Vincent Johnson, a scout from Kansas State  University said: “I always enjoy that. I had an opportunity once before to work with a group of kids in the long jump and it was an amazing experience because any achievement they have they are so elated that they were able to get out there and do it. People who are more fortunate take for granted the opportunities that they have to perform while they are seizing the moment with what they have.

    Visiting journalist Anthony Foster was also impressed by the athletes: “ I believe that anytime you have events like these, Special Olympics athletes should compete. It gives them a chance to participate and contribute.
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  • The Under-20 Girls 100m hurdles is on the track. Charlton will have to run hard to compete against Jamaica's Megan Simmonds, who is favoured to win the event.
  • Jamaica takes the gold in the Under-20 Girls 100m hurdles at CARIFTA 2013
    Jamaica's Megan Simmonds takes the U-20 girls 100m hurdles in 13.89s. Akeda Jones of Barbados claimed silver in 14.10s with a late surge over Bahamas' Devynne Charlton who took bronze with 14.25s.
  • Florida Gators scouting Caribbean talent at CARIFTA

    There Is no secret that the best pool of track athletes in the world come from the Caribbean.
    And it has been no secret that top division one NCAA colleges like the University of Florida (Gators) have been scouting the CARIFTA Games for talent.
     

    "We're looking
    for anything," said Gators assistant track and field coach Nick Peterson.

    "The Caribbean is so strong in track and field, and the athletes are so
    passionate about it that we have to be down here looking.
    There's so much
    talent down here, and we're just looking across the board, trying to find
    talented kids.
    "Third time's the charm
  • The U-17 Boys 110m hurdles is up next, being contested by only four athletes from two countries: Jamaica and Barbados. Who will take gold, silver, bronze and the least desired fourth place? Stay tuned in a few minutes. #carifta2013 #cariftalive
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    Rushelle Burton clocked 13.96s to win, ahead of her teammate Janeek Brown who clocked 14.30s. Trinidad's Jemenise Parris claimed the bronze in 14.63s
  • Jamaicans in the stadium are going wild after Jaheel Hyde and Roje Jackson claimed gold and silver in 13.86s and 14.14s respectively in the 110m hurdles, Under-10 boys. Barbados' Michael Nicholls got bronze in 15.04s as his teammate Juwan Augustine claimed fourth in 15.47s.
  • Hurdler overcomes sickness and secures gold

    Megan Simmonds of Jamaica persevered through sickness to win gold it the Under-20 Girls 100m hurdles a few minutes ago. 
    "I actually got sick in Bahamas, so it was a different experience for me to come out here being sick with the flu, and not being capable to fully take-in all the wind (the air) that I wanted to, but I came out here and did what I could do, and I think I did enough - not what I wanted to do, but I did enough," said Simmonds. 
    Finishing second in the race was Akela Jones of Barbados in 14.10, with Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas settling for third in 14.25 seconds. 
  • The last hurdles event of the 2013 CARIFTA Games is up next, the U-20 boys 110 hurdles. This race is being contested by eight athletes from five countries: Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Silver medalist Andre Colebrooke after competing in the 800m finals, Under-20 boys.

  • Records could fall in 200m final

    The track will be ablaze tonight with the finals of the 200 metres. It was not confirmed until late in the game that Bahamian sensation Shaunae Miller would compete in the Under-20 Girls 200m. It is alleged that Miller not only wants to win gold, she also wants to win the Austin Sealey Award, which will be given to the most outstanding athlete of the 2013 CARIFTA Games. 

    Competing in heat one of the semifinals, and running out of lane three, Miller blasted out of the blocks showing much improvement in her reaction to the starter's pistol. Within the first 50m, Miller made-up the stagger and bolted off the curve onto the straight-away in front of the pack.

    About 50mtrs before crossing the finish line, Miller checked over her right shoulder just to ensure that no one else in the race was near. She cruised across the finish, and will enter the final tonight with the fastest qualifying time of 23.67 seconds.

    The second fastest qualifying time is 23.68 seconds by Shericka Jackson of Jamaica. Joining Miller and Jackson in the final will be Ariel Jackson of Barbados, Carmiesha Cox of the Bahamas, Aaliyah Telesford, and Kedisha Dallas of Jamaica. 
  • Day Two Recap: 4x100m U20 Girls Final

  • Bahamian Olympian Lavern Eve, former Austin Sealy Award winner
    "I love that the Bahamian athletes are doing well and we will see what happens (during the rest of the competition). The whole arena was up on their feet for Shaunae Miller last night from start to finish she just brought a lot of excitement to the stadium. It was just good to see her run. They hear a lot about her, they read a lot about her, but now in person it was awesome. The pride of the Bahamian people was tangible. Even the other athletes in the 400m were great. Normally when you are on home turf the competition level steps up." Records may not fall this afternoon in the 800 metres, but expect there to be more impressive times."
  • The competitors for the final hurdles event at the 2013 CARIFTA Games are being announced and they are about to take their place in the starting blocks. #cariftalive #carifta2013
  • Photo finish for second place in the Under-20 Boys 110m hurdles. 
  • Guadeloupe's Belocian Wilhem takes gold in the Under-20 Boys 110m hurdles ahead of Jamaica's Omar McLeod and Tyler Mason. We are waiting for the time to be posted for the close race. 
  • The winning time in the Under-20 Boys 110m hurldes was 13.49; second place clocked13.57s and third 13.66s
  • Bria Sands, sister of Bahamian Olympian Levan "Superman" Sands is currently competing in the Under-17 girls triple jump. 
  • Levan "Superman" Sands at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium to watch his sister Bria Sands compete in the 2013 CARIFTA Games.

  • The 200m finals are approaching.
  • Minister assess Bahamas performance
    The Bahamas' Minister 
    of Sports, Dr Daniel Johnson praised the hundreds of athletes who have competed over the three days of competition
     at the CARIFTA Games.
     He said their presence and high level performances have demonstrated "Caribbean unity.

    Dr Johnson also addressed the issue of international media complaints: "We had some glitches with the tickets, we had some glitches with the accreditation." He apologised for this and the other issues that occurred during the games.

    However, he claimed that the hosting of the games, according to the IAAF, who has been observing, "has passed with flying colours."

    He said the Games were a "big test" for the Bahamas as it prepares to host other major events at the Thomas A Robinson national stadium.

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