US dominate Pan Am 200s, Jamaica, T&T left adrift

By July 21, 2019
Xavier Nairne came closest to a medal for the Caribbean in the 200 metres at the 2019 Pan American Under 20 Championships. Xavier Nairne came closest to a medal for the Caribbean in the 200 metres at the 2019 Pan American Under 20 Championships.

There was to be no joy in the 200 metres for Jamaica or the wider Caribbean on day two of the Pan American Under 20 Cahnmpionships, currently under way in Costa Rica. 

The United States were a force to be reckoned with in the half-lap event, winning 1-2 finishes among both u20 men and women.

In the men’s event, Matthew Boling completed the sprint double, winning in 20.31 seconds, while Kennedy Lightner was second in 20.56.

Brazil’s Lucas Conceicao Vilar was third in 20.70, leaving Jamaica’s Xavier Nairne, out of the medals with his 20.91 seconds.

Canada’s Jeremiah Lauzon was fifth in 21.18, relegating Trinidad and Tobago’s Jabari Fox to sixth in 21.33 and the Bahamas, Rico Moultre, seventh in 21.44.

Rounding out the field was Argentina’s Elian Gaspar larregina.

Among the women, there was even less to write home about for the Caribbean as Jamaica’s Brandy Hall finished seventh in 24.39 seconds and the onlhy other entrant from the region, Trinidad and Tobago’s Shanqua Bascombe was last in 25.09.

The two were well beaten by the United States pair of Lanae-Tava Thomas, 22.80, and Jayda Ecfordm 23.04. Brasil were again third in the half-lap event with Lorraine Barbosa Martines finishing in 23.06.

The race also included a fourth place finish for Canada’s Catherine Leger, 23.25, and a fifth place finish for Ecuador’s Gabriela Anahi Suarez Suarez. Another Canadian, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, was sixth in 23.43.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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