Athletes shine at National Championships
Long jumper Sharmar Rock was among the athletes who broke a national record when the Track And Field National Championships were held at the National Stadium over the weekend.
The 19-year-old CARIFTA champion set a new national record in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.84 metres which broke David Caddle’s 26-year-old record of 7.77 metres.
Romario Antoine threw his name into the record books with a discus toss of 54.13 metres which wiped out Tristan Whitehall’s junior record of 53.38 metres. Long jumper Shonita Brome was in good form in the girls’ Under-15 long jump. Her jump of 5.38 metres set a new record in that division.
Sprinter Jade Bailey burned the tracks in the women’s 100 and 200 metres. The sprint queen of Barbados established a new meet record in the 100 metres in a time of 11.44 seconds, beating her previous time of 11.48 set in 2008. Tristan Evelyn came second in 11.70 which qualified her for the World Juniors. Akela Jones placed third in 11.76.
Bailey completed the sprint double by winning the 200 metres in a time of 23.19, followed by Kierre Beckles in 23.52 and Sada Williams, third in 24.09.
Jones’ outstanding season in the long jump continued when she set a new meet record of 6.18 metres which beat the previous record of 6.01 set 13 years ago by Ayesha Maycock.
Andrew Hinds is the fastest man on the island. He earned that title by winning the 100 metres in a time of 10.19 seconds; Ramon Gittens came second
in 10.22 and Jermaine Hinds’ time of 10.53 earned him third place.
The 200 metres was a close and competitive race and was won by Fallon Forde in a time of 20.89. He was followed closely by Nicholas Deshong who clocked at 21.10 and Jermaine Hinds in at 21.32. The runner, who recorded a personal best, was elated at winning his first national title. He celebrated by pointing towards the fans in the stands, running between the flagpoles and kneeling to the ground.
Juniors Ramarco Thompson (21.53) and Kentoine Best (21.55) also recorded personal bests but Mario Burke did not compete in the race after withdrawing before the heats began.
One of the highlights of the meet was an outstanding performance by Rivaldo Leacock in the 400 metres hurdles. The outstanding 16-year-old schoolboy recorded a personal best of 57.70, while beating Jerrad Mason (51.91) into second place. Kion Joseph (52.25) came third.
In the 110 metres hurdles final, defending champion Ryan Brathwaite did not compete due to an aggravated heel spurs injury. The race was won by Shane Brathwaite in a time of 13.37, ahead of second place Greggmar Swift in a time of 13.39.