ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Nigel Ellis missed his chance of collecting a sprint double at the 2016 Carifta Games after the Jamaican sprinter false-started in the Under-20 boys’ 200m semis on Sunday’s day two action.
Ellis, who won the 100m title with a new personal best of 10.16 seconds on Saturday night, was the firm favourite to add the half lap crown to his name, but has to now watch the rest of the event from the stands after being disqualified.
Samson Colebrooke from the Bahamas went on the take that semi-final heat with a wind-aided time of 21.28 seconds (3.0 m/s).
Defending champion Mario Burke of Barbados, who admitted after the 100m on Saturday night that Ellis was in outstanding form, stayed on course to defend his title after finishing second in the second semi-final heat.
Burke clocked 21.32 to finish second behind Coull Graham of Antigua and Barbuda, who won the heat in 21.30.
Four runners from the second semis qualified for Monday’s final, with Keanu Pennerman of the Bahamas (21.45) and Andel Miller of Jamaica (21.62) also going through.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Akanni Hislop was the fastest qualifier for the final after he ran 21.01 secs to win the third semi-final ahead of French Guiana’s Loic Prevot (21.33) and Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands (21.65).
In the girls’ Under-20 semis, overwhelming favourite Sada Williams of Barbados moved one step closer to seal a 400/200 double after she posted a swift 23.12 seconds to take the first of the first semis.
Bahamas’ Jenae Ambrose was also under 24-seconds in the heat — clocking 23.66 for second place.
The second semi-final heat went to Jamaica’s Kimone Hines in 23.87.
Shanice Reid of Jamaica, the fifth-place finisher in the Under-20 girls’ 100m on Saturday night, picked out of the first heat.
Meanwhile, Shaniel English moves into the final of the Under-18 girls’ 200m with the second quickest time of the heats, at 24.19 seconds.
Her teammate Britany Anderson registered a time 24.21 seconds to make sure Jamaica has two representatives in the final.
Qualifying the fastest was British Virgin Islands’ Beyonce DeFreitas, who ran 24.14 to take her heat.
Two Bahamian sprinters will also be in the final, so too will be 13-year-old Joella Lloyd of Antigua and Barbuda, who ran 24.24.
Jones Over Barnes In The Discus
In the only final of the morning session, Aiko Jones grabbed Jamaica’s 27th medal at the 2016 Carifta Games with a very good series of throws in the Under-18 girls’ discus, which was topped off by her fifth round effort of 46.49m.
Jones had won a bronze medal in the shot put on Saturday’s opening day.
In fact, the Jamaican turned the tables on Lacee Barnes of the Cayman Islands, the Under-18 Shot champion, who had to settle for the silver this time with an effort of 43.67m, which was only achieved in the final round.
Tiffany Hanna of the Bahamas won the bronze with a throw of 39.80m.