EN ROUTE TO GOLD: Kevin Roberts competes in the boys’ octathlon high jump on day two of the 2014 Carifta Games, in Fort de France, Martinique, yesterday. The T&T athlete topped the field with a 1.98 metres clearance, and went on to secure gold in the eight-discipline event. Photo: KWAME LAURENCE

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WAITHE, ROBERTS STRIKE GOLD!

By Kwame Laurence in Fort-de-France

Kevin Roberts secured gold for Trinidad and Tobago in the boys’ octathlon, on day two of the 2014 Carifta Games, here in Fort de France, Martinique, late yesterday.

Shakeil Waithe also earned a title for T&T just before press time, hurling the spear 67.57 metres for top spot in the boys’ under-20 javelin.

Bahamian Denzel Pratt (64.55m) and Kittitian Adrian Williams (64.49m) earned silver and bronze, respectively, while the other T&T thrower in the field, Aaron Enile finished sixth with a 56.38m effort.

Ruebin Walters repeated as bronze medallist in the boys’ under-20 400m hurdles, the T&T athlete getting home in a personal best 51.68 seconds.

Okeen Williams topped the field in 50.99, forcing his fellow-Jamaican Marvin Williams to settle for silver in 51.22.

The other T&T athlete in the race, Aaron Lewis clocked 55.85 to finish eighth.

‘’Coming out of the semi-finals,’’ Walters told the Express, ‘’I had a slight muscle cramp. But I still came out and competed on it. I’m very happy and thankful for my performance today.’’

Walters will bid for a second medal in today’s 110m hurdles.

‘’That’s my better race. I look forward to the 110 hurdles much more than the 400-metre hurdles…going to be a showdown.’’

Jeminise Parris returned a time of one minute, 02.22 seconds for fourth spot in the girls’ under-18 400m hurdles.

And in the girls’ under-20 one-lap hurdles, Antonia Attale was seventh in 1:07.51.

On Saturday, Chelsea James completed a hat-trick of Carifta shot put triumphs.

Winner of the girls’ under-17 shot put competition in 2012 and again in 2013, James added the first ever under-18 title to her collection with a big 16.12m throw.

The Tobago athlete dominated her rivals. Her closest challenger, Jamaican silver medallist Janel Fullerton produced a best effort of 14.42m.

The other spot on the podium went to Akidah Briggs, the T&T athlete securing bronze with a 13.79m throw.

There were a couple medals for T&T in the 100m events.

Aaliyah Telesford picked up silver in the girls’ under-20 century in a wind-assisted 11.42 seconds. She finished between two Jamaicans, Jonielle Smith striking gold in 11.17 and Kedisha Dallas bagging bronze in 11.44.

The other T&T sprinter in the race, Kayelle Clarke clocked 11.51 to cop fifth spot.

In the boys’ under-20 100m final, Farinha got to the line in 10.27 seconds to bag bronze, behind Jamaican Jevaughn Minzie, the gold medallist in an impressive 10.18, and Barbadian Levi Cadogan (10.25).

Farinha’s teammate, Micah Ballantyne got to the line in 10.67 to finish seventh.

The boys’ under-18 100m final was re-run, yesterday. Raheem Chambers and Waseem Williams finished one-two for Jamaica, clocking 10.27 and 10.33, respectively. Bahamian Javan Martin (10.54) finished third.
T&T sprinter Akanni Hislop clocked 10.75 for fifth spot, while his teammate, Adell Colthrust was sixth in 10.79.

Marielle Pierre finished fourth in yesterday’s girls’ under-20 discus with a 39.48m throw.

Terry Frederick won the opening heat in one minute, 59.18 seconds to qualify automatically for today’s boys’ under-18 800m final. His T&T teammate, Jeremiah Hamilton was eliminated after finishing fourth in heat three in 2:00.22.

Boys’ under-20 1500m silver medallist Nicholas Landeau will face the starter in the 800m final. He finished second in heat one in 1:53.73 to progress automatically.

Ashton Gill, however, was eliminated, his 1:56.79 clocking in finishing fourth in heat two proving too slow for a ‘’fastest loser’’ championship race berth. In Saturday’s 1500m, Gill was seventh in 4:07.51.

In the girls’ under-18 800m final, T&T will be represented by Je-Risa James, who finished fourth in heat one in 2:20.08 to book a spot as a “fastest loser”.

And Elia Nero, seventh in Saturday’s girls’ under-20 1500m in 5:10.83, will battle for two-lap honours today.

T&T earned nine medals on day one, and at press time, yesterday, had added three more for a total of 12 --four gold, three silver, and five bronze.
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