Foote leads Jamaica one-two finish in U-20 women's 400m hurdles

By Sports Desk April 21, 2019
Jamaica's Shaquena Foote and Johnelle Thomas. Jamaica's Shaquena Foote and Johnelle Thomas.

Jamaica’s Shaquena Foote claimed a second gold medal at the 2019 Carifta Games after easily claiming the U-20 women’s 400m hurdles title in the Caymans Islands on Sunday.

Foote, who claimed the U-20 women’s 400m title on Saturday, once again had very little difficulty putting away the field.  The Jamaican had a slight stumble at the first hurdle, but had full control of the race by the top of the stretch and pulled away from the field to stop the clock at 58.02.

It was a one-two finish in the end for the Jamaicans as Johnelle Thomas finished strongly behind her teammate, claiming the silver medal with a time of 58.77.  Trinidad and Tobago’s Tamia Badal was third in 1:02.34. 

The Jamaicans similarly dominated the U-17 event, with gold and silver going to Quaycian Davis and Sashel Reid respectively.  David took top spot after stopping the clock in 1:00.78, with Sashel Reid second in 1:01.59.  Reshae Dean of the Bahamas was third in 1:03.52.

In the men’s equivalent, Rasheem Griffith of Barbados showed his class after decimating the field to claim gold in 51.47.  Matthew Thompson of Barbados overtook Jamaica’s Shamar Brown for second place, eventually stopping the clock in 52.23.  Brown was third in 52.51.

In the U-17 equivalent, it was the Jamaicans who stole the show once again after one-two finishes for Jayden Brown(53.03) and Sharvis Simmonds (54.11).  Aren Spencer of Barbados was third in 54.26.

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