After Day One, Jamaica Has 23 Medals
Fort-de-France, Martinique — After winning the Under-20 boys 100m title on Saturday’s opening day of the 43rd Carifta Games here at the Stade Pierre Aliker, in Martinique, Jamaica’s Jevaughn Minzie now targets Usain Bolt’s meeting record for the 200m.
Minzie, one of the expected standout performers at this year’s Carifta Games, lived up to the hype by clocking 10.18 seconds to win U-20 dash on a night when all the sprints, besides his, were wind-aided. His wind reading was 1.7m/s. Minzie had a wind-aided 10.14 earlier in the semi-finals.
Now, after winning the 100m, the Jamaican young star sprinter is hoping to take down Bolt’s 19.93 secs 200m record, which was set in Bermuda in 2004.
“I am looking to get the record,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after winning the 100m, Minzie said he wasn’t surprised by the fast time.
“I ran 10.16secs at CHAMPS – (Jamaica High School Championships) – so to come out here and run 10.18 was really pleasing,” he said.
He added: “This victory means a lot to me being my first since coming to Carifta Games in 2011. So it’s a good way to end my Carifta Games 100m career.”
In another impressive run on the night, Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith assisted by a 5.1m/s wind, won the Under-20 girls 100m final in 11.17secs. She defeated Aaliyah Telesford of Trinidad and Tobago, (11.42). Kedisha Dallas of Jamaica (11.44).
“This was one of my goals coming into Carifta, and to achieve it makes me really, really happy at this point,” Smith said. “Being the team captain I wanted to come out and lead from the front and that’s what I did tonight.”
Kimone Shaw, only 14 years old, sizzled to victory in the Under-18 girls finals in 11.42, supported by a 3.3m/s wind. Janae Ambrose of Bahamas was second in 11.62 and Nelda Huggins BVI 11.64.
Guyanese, Cassey George prevented Jamaica from sweeping the 1500m races. She won the U18 girls 1500m final in 4:40.40 mins, ahead of Faheemah Scraders (Ber) 4:43.30 and Britnie Dixon (Jam) 4:53.84.
Jamaica took the other three finals with Jauvaney James topping the boys U18 section in 4:07.81 over Benjamin Najman’s (Bah) 4:09.66.
Chadoye Dawson took the U20 finals in 3:56.93, while Sasha-Gaye Whyte and Monique McPherson handed Jamaica 1-2 in the girls 1500m finals, with 4:42.44 and 4:44.08 runs respectively.
In the 400m finals, only world youth champion Martin Manley handed Jamaica gold. Manley ran 47.47 to take the U18 400m finals ahead of Henry Delauze (Bah) 47.60
Barbadian Sada Williams won the girls U18 400m final in 53.39 secs over Tiffany James (Jam) 53.79.
Michel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago retained the U20 boys 400m title with 45.99. He beat Jamaica’s Nation Allen 46.97 while Guyanese Kadecia Baird won the U20 girls 400m girls finals in 53.48, over Jamaicans Dawnalee Lonely 53.90 and Yanique McNeil 54.49
Elsewhere, Oklahoma Baptist’s and NAIA superstar Akela Jones of Barbados, leaped 6.32m to top the the U20 girls long jump field, beating Jamaica’s Claudette Allen 6.31m.