SOURCE – CMC – British Virgin Islands standout Adaejah Hodge captured a second gold and set herself up for a third on Monday in the final of the 200 metres, to be one of the headliners on day two of the 49th CARIFTA Games here Sunday.
The 16-year-old followed up her success in Saturday’s Under-17 100 metres final by leaping a wind-aided gold medal distance of 6.20 metres in the long jump at the National Stadium here, as she continued to distinguish herself at the region’s premier track and field championship.
She comfortably beat Shemonique Hazle (5.85) and Rohanna Sudlow (5.84), the Jamaican pair forced to settle for silver and bronze.
Hodge’s achievement came just before taking her place in the 200 metres semi-final, which she won in a time of 23.74 seconds, to easily advance to the final.
Dominica and Barbados became the ninth and tenth nations to win gold medals at the Games when Treneese Hamilton won the Under-20 girls shot put with a first round throw of 14.58 metres, and Fynn Armstrong gradually pulled away from his rivals in the Under-17 3 000 metres to garner gold in nine minutes 21.31 seconds.
Jamaican Britannia Johnson (14.19m) and Suriname’s Alicia Grootfaam (12.97) took silver and bronze behind Hamilton while Demetrie Meyers of Belize (9:33.42) and Jamaican Tyrone Lawson (9:34.46) followed home Barbadian Armstrong.
The morning session ended with a pulsating long jump contest, a clash of the boys ranked number one and two on the World Under-20 performance list – Jayden Hibbert of Jamaica and Uroy Ryan from St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Hibbert won when they met a week ago at the Jamaican High School Championships and the long-legged Jamaican took an early lead this time with a mark of 7.52 metres.
He padded his advantage in the second round at 7.56 before Ryan responded in round five and leapt into second place with a jump marked at 7.52. It was too late, however, as Hibbert stretched to 7.62 metres to clinch the victory in the same round.
Barbadian Aren Spencer took silver with a measurement of 7.48.
The session also saw Anisha Gibbons throwing 42.54 metres to win the girls Under-20 javelin, getting the better of Barbadians Vivica Addison (41.92) and Vanessa Greaves (41.17) who rounded out the podium spots.
In the evening session, Shania Myers gave Jamaica victory in the heptathlon, ahead of A’Keela McMaster of the BVI and Trinidadian Gianna Paul while Kevin Brooks handed the hosts success in the octathlon, Lynden Johnson of the Bahamas taking silver and Wooslyn Harvey of Turks and Caicos Islands finishing third.
Heading into Monday’s final day, Jamaica top the medal count with 26 gold, 19 silver and nine bronze with the BVI second with four gold and one bronze, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago with two gold, six silver and eight bronze medals.
Guyana completed the top four with two gold and three silver medals. (CMC)
Photos courtesy: Jamaica Gleaner