April 03, 2018
As they did in the 100m on Saturday, the Jamaicans swept all four gold medals in the 200m on today's third and final day of the 47th CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas but only Under 17 champion Briana Williams managed to complete a sprint double.
The Florida-based athlete, who just turned 16 in the last two weeks, got off to her usual fast start despite a false start by Bahamas' Megan Moss and ran away from the field to win by a wide margin in 23.11 seconds (1.1m/s).
Shaniqua Bascombe of Trinidad and Tobago took the silver in 23.75 seconds and Jaida Knowles of the Bahamas, who was second in the 100m, took third in 23.85 seconds.
Andre Bent, who won the boys Under 17 100m gold medal, had to be content with silver as his teammate Rajay Morris won in a wind-aided 21.25 seconds (2.2m/s) to Bent's 21.42m with Terrance Jones of the Bahamas third in 21.69 seconds.
Ockera Myrie upgraded her silver from the Under 20 girls 100m to gold in the half-lap yesterday, running a wind-aided 23.34 seconds (2.4m/s), beating French Guiana's Gemima Joseph- 23.70 seconds and Devine Parker of the Bahamas who just missed a medal in the 100m, got a bronze in 23.77 seconds.
Christopher Taylor easily won the Under 20 boys gold medal in 20.38 seconds (1.1m/s) and said afterwards that he had “just come out to win so the time is faster than I expected.”
Joel Johnson of the Bahamas, the 100m winner, was second in 20.90 seconds while Xavier Nairne came from well behind to snatch the bronze in 21.07 seconds.
Briana Williams celebrates victory in a new FLOW Carifta Games Under-17 100m record of 11.27 seconds inside the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, yesterday. (Photo: Leo Hudson)