April 06, 2018
The Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018 came to a close on Easter Monday night at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium with Jamaica once again dominating the medal count, and The Bahamas placing second.
In total, The Bahamas collected 35 medals – six gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze.
The Bahamas’ first gold came in the under-17 boys triple jump as Latrell Taylor leapt 14.10 meters (m) – 46’ 3-1/4” – for the title. Second to him was his Bahamian teammate Chima Johnson who had a jump of 13.76m (45’ 1-3/4”). Jordan Turner, of Jamaica, won the bronze medal with a leap of 13.74m (45’ 1”).
“It feels great. I’m just happy that both of us got on the podium,” said Taylor about how he felt winning The Bahamas’ first gold of the championships. Johnson was happy with his performance and both jumpers promised to win gold and silver again at next year’s CARIFTA.
In a CARIFTA record, Rhema Otabor won the under-17 girls javelin with a throw of 44.21m (145’). Otabor broke the CARIFTA record previously set by Shanee Angol of Dominica in 2013. Rowland Kirton-Browne, of Barbados, won the silver medal with a throw of 42.77m (140’ 4”) and Gianisa Olbino, of Curacao, won the bronze medal with a throw of 40.70m (133’ 9”).
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