ANDY CAPP

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK SPORT -

Chan­toba Bright added an­other CARIFTA Games long jump gold medal to her col­lec­tion yes­ter­day when the 2018 Flow CARIFTA Games got off to a fly­ing start here in The Ba­hamas.

Bright, who leapt to gold last year in the U-18 cat­e­gory, grad­u­ated to the U-20 ranks seam­lessly and dom­i­nated the premier fe­male leapers of the Re­gion.

Bright who will cel­e­brate her 18th birth­day on Wed­nes­day flew through the air as high as a kite then dis­turbed the sand with a best jump of 5.95m, good enough to bag Guyana’s first gold medal of the 47th edi­tion of the pres­ti­gious games which con­cludes to­mor­row at the Thomas A. Robin­son Na­tional Sta­dium.

Lin­dener Bright led a five-medal haul for Guyana on the first day.

Mid­dle dis­tance ath­letes Shaquka Tyrell, Mur­phy Nash and Kezra Mur­ray along with sprinter, De­shana Skeete all cap­tured bronze medals.

Tyrell (4:55.97) kicked off the medal hunt in the U17 1500m fi­nal, lead­ing for the bet­ter part of 1300m be­fore be­ing over­taken by the Ja­maican pair of Rushanna Dwyer (4:47.90) and Theresa Gra­ham (4:48.30).

Mur­ray was also a front run­ner for much of the U20 1500m event, but a tac­ti­cal er­ror in the fi­nal 200m also cost her a po­ten­tial gold. It was deja vu all over again as the Guyanese had to set­tle for the bronze af­ter Shaque­ena Foote (4:46.56)

and Kara Grant 4:47.52 both of Ja­maica ran past her on the fi­nal turn.

In ar­guably the most tac­ti­cal race of the day Nash was able to hold off a spir­ited chal­lenge from Ja­maica’s Gianni Henry to grab the last podium spot in 4:13.59.

Henry’s coun­try­man, J’Voughnn Blake how­ever took the top spot in 4:08.73. Ba­hamas’Mitchell Cur­tis (4:13.41) nar­rowly edged Nash for the sil­ver.

Skeete, a gold medal­ist at last year’s South Amer­i­can Youth Games ran her per­sonal best (54.15s) in the U-17 400m fi­nal but Ba­hamas’ Megan Moss (53.19s) ran a CARIFTA record to earn gold in the event. Ja­maica’s Daniella Deer placed se­cond in 53.95s. Else­where in the field, Tortque Boyce fin­ished fifth in the Boys U-20 High Jump with 2.0m.

Jaden Bern­abela (2.08m) of Cu­ra­cao, Ba­hamian, Kyle Al­cine (2.08m) and Ar­naud Dupe-Agot (2.05m) of Mar­tinique were the podium dwellers in the event.

Ear­lier in the day, Daniel Wil­liams fin­ished sev­enth in the fi­nal of the Boys U-20 400m clock­ing a pedes­trian 48.38s. Avon Sa­muels (U-20) pulled up af­ter 100m in heat one and Ka­triel Per­rier (U-20) fin­ished sixth in heat two. 100m sprint­ers, Ken­isha Phillips (11.86s) and Onasha Rogers (11.92s) fin­ished fourth and third in their re­spec­tive heats but could not make into the fi­nal eight.

Mean­while, Track and Field pow­er­house, Ja­maica leads the medal tally af­ter Day 1 with 22 medals, 12 gold, eight sil­ver and two bronze medals.

Day 2 starts to­day from 09:00hrs.

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