ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Sporting Alert – Laece Barnes of the Cayman Islands captured one of the three gold medal of the 2016 Carifta Games at the Grenada Athletic Stadium on Saturday morning.
Barnes took the Girls’ Under-18 Shot Put title with a throw of 14.90m to hand the Cayman Islands an early gold medal, after the nation finished with just one bronze at last year’s Games.
The Cayman Islands were also winning a gold medal at the Carifta Games for the first time since 2013.
Tyriq Horsford of Trinidad and Tobago, after breaking his championships record with an 73 meters effort in the second round of the boys’ Under 18 Javelin Throw final, went on to retained his crown with that effort.
DEFENDING CHAMPS OFF TO FAST START
Meanwhile, defending champions Jamaica have so far won three medals at Carifta Games 2016, one gold, one silver and a bronze.
The Caribbean track and field giants collected gold and silver medals in the Under-18 high jump for girls.
Shiann Salmon landed the title with a personal best effort of 1.82m, with her teammate Lamara Distin taking the silver.
Salmon also tried her luck at the record of 1.86m, but failed with her attempts.
The bronze for Jamaica came from Aiko Jones in the Under-18 girls’ shot put, after she used her last effort to produce 14.32m to move from outside the medal places into third place.
In action on the track, all the big guns have moved into the medal rounds of the 400m.
Notable qualifiers on the girls’ side was Barbadian Sada Williams, who looked easy when winning her semi-final heat of the Under-20 category in a time of 53.69 seconds to cement her status as the firm favourite ahead of the final later tonight.
Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor, running a very strange race, which saw him had to cover the last part of the event much faster than usual, also made it through to the Under-18 boys 400m final, along with his fellow countrymen Akeem Bloomfield and Sean Bailey in the Under-20 division.