NASSAU, Bahamas (April 8) – Adaejah Hodge, the anticipated challenger for a medal in the U20 girls’ 100-meter at the 2023 Carifta Games, failed to show up for her heat on Saturday due to reported travel issues, while overwhelming U20 boys’ favorite Bouwahjgie Nkrumie pulled up injured in the wet and chilly conditions here at the Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau.
Hodge A No Show In U20 Heats
Hodge was slated to feature in a highly anticipated clash with Jamaica’s Alana Reid, but the British Virgin Islands sprinter didn’t show up for her didn’t show up for heat. It is understood that her absence was due to travel issues, caused by a snowstorm in the States.
Meanwhile, Alana Reid of Jamaica, the favorite for the gold medal, comfortably qualified for the semifinals. Read More: Carifta Games 2023 – Day 1 Schedule and Order of Events; (How to watch today?)
There was no problem, however, with the advancement of Alana Reid, who easily secured her spot into the next round. The Jamaican sprinter, who has already clocked an impressive 10.92 seconds this season, won her heat in 11.56 seconds, defeating Shatalya Dorsett of the Bahamas who finished in 11.91 seconds, and also made progress to the semis later today.
Bouwahjgie Nkrumie Out of Carifta Games 2023
Unfortunately though, in the U20 boys’ 100m, Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Jamaica, who has a lifetime best of 9.99 seconds coming into the meet, will play no futher part in the 2023 Carifta Games, after he was forced to withdraw.
The World U20 silver medalist was well on his way to winning heat two of the event, but clutched the back of his leg two-thirds into the race and pulled up injured, needing to be carried off the track in pain.
Defending U20 champion DeAndre Daley of Jamaica and Carlos Brown of The Bahamas were among the qualifiers for the semi-final.
Jamiah Nabbie Looks Good In U17 Heats
In the U17 girls’ 100m, Jamiah Nabbie of The Bahamas led all qualifiers with a time of 11.75 seconds. Her teammates Shayann Demeritte and Jamaicans Tiana Marshall and Natrece East also advanced.
Meanwhile, Sanaa Frederick of Trinidad and Tobago won the third heat in 11.47 seconds, with Jamaica’s Alexis James coming in second in 11.52 seconds, both moving on to the semifinals.
While Hodge’s absence may have been disappointing and Bouwahjgie Nkrumie very unfortunate, fans still anticipate an exciting competition between the likes of Reid, Nabbie, and James.