NASSAU, Bahamas (Sporting Alert) — Zharnel Hughes of Anguilla created a shocking upset at the 2013 Carifta Games by winning the U-20 Boys 100 metros dash in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday night.
Hughes raced out of the blocks and then held off the fast finishing Jazeel Murphy of Jamaica to take the gold in 10.44 seconds.
Three-time Carifta Games gold medallist Murphy, who was the gold medal favourite posted 10.48 seconds for second and Tahir Walsh of Antigua & Barbuda ran 10.49 for third place.
Natalliah Whyte of Jamaica led from the blocks to land the U-17 girls 100m with a time of 11.88secs, beating Nelda Huggins from the British Virgin who ran 11.94 and Jamaica’s Shellece Clarke, who recovered from a poor start to come back for the bronze in 12.00.
Pre-Games favourite Mario Burke of Barbados won unchallenged in the Boys U-17 dash and he did so in 10.61. Keanu Pennerman from the Bahamas was second in 10.85 and Jelani Walker of Jamaica claiming the bronze, holding on with 10.93.
Devynne Charlton ran 11.60 and led a 1-2 finish for the Bahamas in the U-20 girls race, with her training partner Carmiesha Cox winning the silver 11.61. Jamaica’s Monique Spencer was third in 11.64.
The U-17 girls’ 400m race was won by Tiffany James with a time of 55.13, with British Virgin Islands’ Tarika Moses taking silver in 55.83 and the bronze going to, Doneisha Anderson (56.36) from the Bahamas.
Martin Manely of Jamaica ran away to win the boys U-17 400 in a very impressive 47.72secs. Kinard Rolle won the silver in 48.05.
Shaunae Miller lived up to her favourite status by dominating the field to easily win the U-20 girls 400m in 51.63. Jamaica’s Chris-Ann Gordon went out hard to try and make a race of it, but the NCAA Indoor champion was too much for her and she had to settle for second in 53.22.
“It feels pretty good [to win the gold medal here],” a delighted Miller told reporters after the win.
“And doing it in front of my home crowd makes it even better.”
In another exciting race, and certainly the best of the 400m races, the U-20 boys’ event went down to the wire with Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago chasing down his rivals to win the gold on the line in a time of 45.93.
Jovan Francis (46.00) of Jamaica was second with early race leader, Bahamian Stephen Newbold (46.01) relegated to the bronze.
In the field, standout athlete, Fredrick Dacres of Jamaica took gold in the Boys U-20 Discus Throw with a dominating 61.27m, beating countryman Chadrick Dacosta (55.61m)