Record medal haul for Guyana at CARIFTA Games


Guyana continues to have an upward movement regarding their medal tally at the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships.

At the conclusion of the 48th edition in Cayman Islands Sunday, this year’s tally was ten medals – four gold, two silver and four bronze, which placed them fourth on the overall standings.

Jamaica (85 medals), The Bahamas (26 medals) and Trinidad and Tobago (24 medals), were the top performers.

Barbados accumulated eleven medals but only had three gold, which placed them below Guyana.

For Guyana, it was only one more than last year’s but the 21-member contingent, the largest ever to represent the nation at the games, won three more gold.

Gold Medals

The four gold medals came compliments of Claudrice McKoy, who lived up to expectations and won the U-20 1500m in 4:39.46s ahead of Jamaicans Kelly-Ann Beckford (4:40.49) and Aneisha Lawrence (4:41.19).

Likewise, Chantoba Bright continued her stellar exploits at the championships by winning another Gold in the U-20 Long Jump.

Claudrice McKoy

Her leap of 6.05m was the loner in the six-meter marker. Jamaica’s Lotavia Browne (5.83m) and Martinique’s Fiona Aholu-Futse (5.78m) were the other medallist.

Young Anisha Gibbons broke the 40-meter marker to win the U-17 Javelin. Her best throw was 40.34m, ahead of Vivica Addison (39.70m) and Rachell Pascal (35.50m).

Matthew Gordon was the lone Guyanese male to win gold via the 3000m

On the final day, Matthew Gordon got redemption from his 1500m to win the U-17 3000m in a time of 9:12.43.

Nathan Armstrong of Bermuda was second (9:13.13) and The Bahamas’ Mitchell Curtis was third (9:16.86).  Teammate Cordell Charles was fourth in a time of 9:36.17.

Silver Medals

On day two, Bright lost her Triple Jump crown to Browne whose best was 13.09m ahead of Bright’s 12.63m. Suriname’s Monifah Doje got third with her leap of 12.41m.

Chantoba Bright

Joanna Archer, another promising came second in the U-20 800m.  Jasmin Knowles of The Bahamas took the race in a time of 2:09.14. Archer clocked 2:10.17 for silver and Abigail Schaafe of Jamaica got third with a time of 2:12.73.

Bronze medals

Adriel Austin won Bronze in the Girls U-17, 800 metres, clocking 2:12.69, and crossing the line behind Jamaicans, Kishay Rowe (2:11.97) and JodyAnn Mitchell (2:11.92).

Bronze came for Shaquka Tryell in the U-17 1500m with a time of 4:52.52.  Jamaican duo of Samantha Prince (4:47.34) and Jodyann Mitchell (4:49.49) got gold and silver respectively.

Princess Browne got bronze in the U-17 triple jump

McKoy was unable to replicate her gold medal run in 2017 and had to settle for third in the U-20 3000m. She ran 10:37.43 finishing behind the winner, Isabell Dutranoit of Bermuda (10:21.63) and second place Kelly-Ann Beckford of Jamaica (10:28 13).

Sixteen-year-old Princess Browne leapt to 11.52m for a bronze in the U-17 Triple Jump. Guadalupe’s Anne-Sophie Tassius (12.50m) and Jamaica’s Kay-Lagay Clarke (11.69m) took the top two spots.

The locally-based members of the team are expected to return Wednesday evening.

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