Saturday, September 25

Jamaica wins 77 Medals at 2012 CARIFTA Games

Jamaica once again underlined its dominance of regional track and field, emphatically topping the competition at the 41st Carifta Games, which came to a close at the National Sports Centre in Bermuda yesterday. The Jamaicans ended the championships with a massive 77 medals – 34 gold, 24 silver and 19 bronze medals – with The Bahamas running second best with 38 medals (13 gold, 13 silver, 12 bronze) and Trinidad and Tobago’s 24 medals (eight gold, nine silver, seven bronze) rounding out the top three.

This was one of the island’s best ever showings at the Carifta Games, with the record 84-medal haul in 2004 falling out of reach this time around. Jamaica have now won the championship on 36 of 41 occasions and have won every instalment since 1985.

Defending champion Ashinia Miller once again walked away with the under-20 boys’ shot put title, winning in 18.96m ahead of teammate Emmanuel Onyia, who registered an 18.89m mark in his first outing for Jamaica. It was also one-two for the Jamaicans in the under-17 110m hurdles final, Jaheel Hyde dipping in time to get the better of compatriot Michael O’Hara. Hyde crossed the line in 13.96, with O’Hara close behind in 13.97.

Read more – Jamaica Gleaner