Gold for Rasheem Griffith

By Morissa Lindsay

Rasheem Griffith looked set to claim Barbados first gold medal at the 46th Flow CARIFTA Games being held at Ergilio Hato Stadium located in Willemstad, Curacao.

The Coleridge and Parry Schoolboy clocked 53.35 in the Under-18 Boys 400m hurdles to qualify with the fastest time,

And as predicted he returned in the final to secure his country’s first gold medal to the excitement of the Barbadian fans who travelled to Curacao to support the team. Griffith ran a swift 51.64 seconds.

Rasheem Griffith won gold in the Under-18 Boys 400m hurdles.

The Barbadians have increased their medal count from four yesterday to seven so far. The 246 athletes earned two more bronze in addition to Griffith’s gold. Tianna Bowen in the Under-20 Girls hurdles and Rivaldo Leacock in the Under-20 Boys 400m respectively all captured bronze medals in their events.

Bronze for Rivaldo Leacock in the Under-20 Boys 400m hurdles.

Shanice Hutson was the lone Barbadian competitor in a finals event this morning in the Under-18 Girls discus, producing a personal best throw of 39.01 but she was unable to reach the podium after finishing fourth in that event which won by Marie Forbes of Jamaica with a throw of 43.62m.

Shanice Hutson was fourth in the discus.

A few other Barbadian athletes have also earned their places in the 200m and 800m final.

Roneldo Rock who captured a bronze in the Under-18 Boys 1500m yesterday has also advanced today into the 800m final with a third best time of 1:58.34 and will need to deliver yet another gutsy performance to deny Jamaican duo of Kimar Farquharson (1:58.17) and Tyrese Reid (1:58.83).

Roneldo Rock.

Last year’s double CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones having failed to medal yesterday in the Under-20 Boys 400m is seeking to redeem himself by winning the 800m in which he looked really comfortable during the preliminaries. Jones’ time of 1:54.66 is just behind Agerian Jackson of Jamaica’s 1:54.38 heading into the finals.

Jonathan Jones running on the inside.

Matthew Clarke booked his place in the Under-18 Boys 200m with the seventh fastest time of 22.20 and will need to get a good start out the blocks to catch Michael Stephen of Jamaica heading into that showdown leading the way with a time of 21.75.

(From left) Darian Clarke, Ty Browne, Matthew Clarke and Rasheem Griffith have earned Barbados a place in the Under-18 Boys 4x100m final after finishing second to Jamaica in Heat One.

The 200m and 800m finals are slated for the final day tomorrow

15 Responses to Gold for Rasheem Griffith

  1. Beverley Griffith
    Beverley Griffith April 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Congratulations

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Congrats

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  3. Thelma Rosita Worrell
    Thelma Rosita Worrell April 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Congratulations,doing Barbados proud.

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  4. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman April 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Congratulations.

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  5. Veronica Maynard
    Veronica Maynard April 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Congrats

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  6. Jeanne Marie Maycock
    Jeanne Marie Maycock April 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Congrats

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  7. Koko Skinner
    Koko Skinner April 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    BLESSINGS!!!!!!!!!! A CONGRATS RASHEEM.

    Reply
  8. Marilyn Jemmott
    Marilyn Jemmott April 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats to you you make us proud.

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  9. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne April 16, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Good going Rasheeme Shotta

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  10. Andrea Atkins
    Andrea Atkins April 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Congrats Rasheem. Keep it up and we will be cheering for you at the next Olympics!

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  11. Jackie Payne
    Jackie Payne April 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats

    Reply
  12. Brenda Hunte
    Brenda Hunte April 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Congrats Rasheem

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  13. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood April 16, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Coñgrats my bàjan son

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  14. seagul April 17, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Celebrations.

    Reply
  15. sunshinecanada April 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    well said Andrea, we will, Congrats Mr Rasheem

    Reply

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