Third gold for Briana Williams as Jamaica sweeps sprint relays

By April 22, 2019

Briana Williams claimed her third gold medal on Sunday’s third and final day of the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands on Sunday when she led off her country to an emphatic win in the 4x100m relays.

Jamaica swept the sprint relays when the U20 Boys team held off a stern challenge from the Bahamas in a thrilling finish.

Williams, who had already claimed u20 sprint double title, blew away the field at the start to hand over well clear. The change was not smooth but Reid unleashed her long legs along the backstretch to re-establish the huge lead before handing off to Ackera Nugent who handed off to Kemba Nelson who stormed across the line to stop the clock in 44.25s, a championship record.

Trinidad and Tobago were well back in 45.11 seconds while Barbados were third in 45.52.

The u20 Boys was more keenly contested as the Bahamian team of Ure Mills, Rico Moultrie, Adrian Curry and Joel Johnson pushed Jamaica’s team of Oblique Seville,  Vashau Vascianna, Xavier Nairne, and Ryim Robertson to the line but ran out of real estate.

The winning time was 39.46s with the Bahamas right there in 39.48 for second place.

Barbados picked up the bronze medal with 40.18s

Jamaica’s u17 girls took their race in 45.63 over Trinidad and Tobago 45.73 and Bermuda 47.47.

In the boys’ equivalent, Jamaica were easy winners, running away with the race to win in 41.59 over the Bahamas 42.18 and Trinidad and Tobago 42.45s.

 

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