The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has earned a total of six medals at the 2017 CARIFTA Games, which ended yesterday (April 17) at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curaçao.
Djimon Gumbs copped two silver medals and Akira Phillip earned one to top the territory’s performance at the event. The BVI also bagged three bronze medals.
All of the medals – except one – were mined in field events – Discuss Throw, Shot Put, Triple Jump, and Javelin Throw.
Gumbs earned a silver each in the Under-18 Boys Shot Put as well as the Discuss Throw.
In the Discuss, he threw 60.43 metres to finish ahead of Jamaica’s Cobe Graham who won bronze with 52.71 metres. Another Jamaican, Daniel Cope, won the gold medal in this event with a new championship record of 61.25 metres.
And, in the Shot Put, Gumbs reached 17.58 metres to win silver. Graham from Jamaica picked up a second bronze (17.33 metres), and Cope from Jamaica hit another championship record with 18.17 metres.
The BVI picked up its third silver medal when Phillip made her presence felt in the Under-20 Girls Javelin Throw. It covered 44.63 metres. The gold medal went to Sah-Jay Stevens of Jamaica (45.10 metres), while the bronze was received by Trinidad and Tobago’s Asha James (43.24 metres).
Meanwhile, in relation to the BVI’s bronze medals, Kala Penn earned one in the Girls Under-20 Triple Jump, with a measurement of 12.73 metres. Tissanna Hickling from Jamaica got silver (12.87 metres), while Natricia Hooper from Guyana won the gold medal with a leap of 13.08 metres.
The only track event in which the BVI medalled is the Under-20 Girls 4X400 Metre Relay. The team of Shaniyah Caul, L’T’Sha Fahie, Kala Penn, and Sh’Kaida Lavacia completed the race in third position with a time of 3:53.04. The silver medal went to Bahamas (3:50.38), while Jamaica won gold with a time of 3:37.96.
Arianna Hayde delivered the BVI’s other bronze performance when she competed in the Girls Under-18 Javelin Throw with 41.90 metres. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kymoi Norai finished with the silver (44.98 metres), while Latia Saunders from the Bahamas earned the gold medal with 45.29 metres.
Jamaica won the 2017 CARIFTA Games, which took place from April 15 to 17.
This is the 41st time that Jamaica is winning the championship, which has been in existence for 46 years.
Jamaica, this time round, won 86 medals – 39 gold, 28 silver, and 19 bronze.
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