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Barbadian Akela Jones and Jamaica's Chad Wright Set Carifta Games Marks

Barbadian young star Akela Jones and Jamaica’s Chad Wright were the start competitors in the early morning session of the opening at the XXXIX CARIFTA GAMES in the Cayman Islands on Saturday.

Jones established a new record for the girls’ U17 High Jump with a 1.85m effort, while Wright left it late to capture the boys’ U20 Discus with a massive effort of 63.11m.

Finishing second to Jones in the high jump were Jamaicans Chanice Porter (1.74m) and Kristagaye Taylor, who cleared 1.68m.

Defending champion and previous record holder Quincy Wilson of Trinidad & Tobago took silver, but was in pole position to repeat when he posted 62.95m to break the old mark until Wright delivered his massive heave.

Jamaica’s Travis Smikle took the bronze with a best of 58.24m.

Gleneive Grange of Jamaica won the U17 girls’ Shot Put with 11.46m.

Looking good on the track in the early goings were Grenadian super star Kirani James who cruised through his 400m opening round.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson look good to repeat in the girls’ U17 after winning her heat with a effortless 55.00secs. Shaynae Miller of Bahamas is the fastest, however, with 54.10.

By Gary Smith, World-Track

U17 Girls High Jump

1 Jones, Akela Barbados 1.85mCR; 2 Porter, Chanice Jamaica 1.74m; 3 Taylor, Kristagaye Jamaica 1.68m; 3 Schaeper, Janelle St. Lucia 1.68m; 5 Wallace, Samantha Trinidad & Tobago 1.60m; 5 Gibson, Dannielle Bahamas 1.60m; 7 Benskin, Sherece Trinidad & Tobago 1.55m; 7 Gijsbertha, Sharyanne N. Antilles 1.55m

U20 Boys Discus Throw

1 Wright, Chad 91 Jamaica 63.11mCR; 2 Wilson, Quincy 91 Trinidad & Tobago 62.95mC; 3 Smikle, Travis 92 Jamaica 58.24mC; 4 Collingwood, Richard Trinidad & Tobago 55.01m; 5 Simon, Dillon 92 Donminica 49.43m; 6 Carey, Elvardo 91 Bahamas 45.91m; 7 Toussaint, Lyndon 93 Grenada 45.22m; 8 Ward, Dion 91 St. Kitts & Nevis 35.81m; 9 Swann, Leeward 93 Bahamas 35.45m

Alabama Grenadian Freshman Kirani Runs 45.79 World-Leading Time

Kirani James in action in the 400m PHOTO/TrackAlerts.com

Freshman Kirani James smashed the 400 meter school record en route to posting the current world’s fastest 400 meter time in his debut to lead Alabama at the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Center on Saturday.

“I knew in the back of my mind from where he [James] was in the first two meets, I knew he would challenge for the world lead,” Glance said.

“Kirani is a hard-working, very coachable young man. For this race, I told him he just needed to get to the post and get position and then he just pulled away towards the end of the race. “Its great to have a guy like Ray in the 60 meters and now a guy in the 400 meters that have put nation-leading times on the board.”

James, in his first indoor 400m open race, blazed his way around the oval to claim the individual title with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 45.79. The freshman was hardly pushed, as the second place finisher was almost a full second behind at 46.43. James’ time leads the nation by .02 seconds, leads the SEC by .69 seconds and set a new standard for Alabama 400m runners, breaking a 10-year school record of 46.46 held by Cori Loving – also set in South Bend.

“It feels good, but this race was just to see where I’m at,” James said. “It’s not for me to make any statements or anything like that. It was just to see what I need to improve on to get better.”

source: rolltide.com

Kirani James thrilled to be compared with Bolt, but wants his own

By Gary Smith, World-Track

BRESSANONE, Italy — Grenada’s rising star Kirani James says he is thrilled at being mentioned as the same quality as Jamaican sprint marvel Usain Bolt, but wants to write his own history.

kiranijamesJames struck the eyes of the leading analysts at the World Youth in Bressanone with only his very first performance.

And by the time he won the 400m half-way at the championships, the Grenadian was already being compared to Bolt, who also had a fruitful Youth and Junior career before transferring the same form at the senior level.

But while being honoured to be labelled "as the next Usain Bolt," James will only be satisfied if he can create his own landmarks.
"It is an honour for me to be compared to Usain Bolt, but I want to write my own history," said James, who ran a faster time than Bolt’s best over the 400m at the same age.

"I am proud to come from the Caribbean because we don’t have many resources.

"Bressanone is too cold for me and I still have to get used to the altitude," he mentioned in reference to the change in conditions. "I would like to come back and ski."

As expected, James was one of the stars at the World Youth Championships that concluded on Sunday.

After running six rounds of races, the 16-year-old was rewarded with two gold medals and two personal best, in addition to his championships record.

He won the 400m on Friday with a championship best of 45.24secs and retuned Sunday evening to complete the 200 and 400m double with a personal best run of 21.05seconds over the half-lap.

James was hoping to get close to Bolt’s event record of 20.40secs, but although he was distance away from the mark, he was delighted to with his performance.

"I am thrilled and happy. I did my best," a tired James said after the race.

"I don’t have a role model although Michael Johnson was a great athlete."