Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford won gold in championship record fashion in the u17 javelin on Sunday’s third and final day of the 2019 Carifta Championships in the Cayman Islands.

Jamaica’s football bosses are breathing a collective sigh of relief following news that their first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to recover from injury in time to start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

The Excelsior Community College Eagles denied the Caribbean Maritime University Spartans a third consecutive hold on the Intercollegiate Rugby League title when they battled to 22-18 win at the UWI Mona Bowl on Saturday.

Marvin Johnson won four of the Bahamas nine gold medals on Sunday at the Carifta Swimming Championships currently underway in the Bahamas.

Johnson won three individual medals including the Boys 11-12 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke on a day when the defending champions pushed their medal tally up to 39 medals consisting of 18 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze.

Not far behind are Jamaica who have 11 gold, 16 silver and seven bronze medals thanks largely on Sunday to the efforts of their star performer Zaneta Alvaranga.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago are third with 17 medals comprising eight gold, four silver, and five bronze.

Johnson won the 200m free in 2:07.92 ahead of compatriot Tristin Ferguson 2:10.18 and Jaydon Croes of Aruba who claimed the bronze medal in 2:11.36.

In the 50m butterfly, Johnson held off the challenge of Jamaica’s Nathaniel Thomas to win in 28.26s to Thomas’ 29.20. Jamaica’s Brian Lewinson McPherson was third in 29.77s.

Johnson won his third gold medal in the 100m breaststroke touching first in 1:08.44 ahead of Jamaica’s Lewinson-McPherson 1:09.90 and Bermuda’s Elijah Daley 1:09.95s.

Nigel Forbes claimed another gold for the Bahamas when he took the 13-14 Boys 50m butterfly in 26.47s ahead of Nathaniel Thomas 26.73 and Suriname’s Feranto Stuger 26.81.

Davante Carey won the 15-17 100m backstroke in 59.63s well clear of his teammate Lamar Taylor (1:00.17) and  Barbados’ Tristan Pragnell (1:01.15).

Luke Kennedy won gold in the 15-17 400m individual medley while Izaak Bastian copped gold in the 15-17 50m butterfly in 25.10.

For Jamaica, the night belonged to Zaneta Alvaranga

She led the way the 50m butterfly with the gold medal in a championship record time of 27.84 to beat the previous mark of 27.94 seconds she set last year.

Meantime, it was a one-two finish for Jamaica as Sabrina Lyn came home second for the silver medal, well behind in 29.13.  Bermuda’s Elan Daley finished third for the bronze medal in 29.59.

Alvaranga’s 27.84 clocking in the final also represents a new personal best and national age group record. The time was also the fastest recorded by a female on the night.

Leanna Wainwright secured a second medal on her international debut for Jamaica by winning the Girls’ 11-12 100m backstroke in a personal best time of 1:11.65 to add to the bronze she won in the 50m backstroke on Saturday.

Wainwright held her nerve when the Cayman Islands Lila Higo made a late charge but the Caymanian had to settle for the silver medal in 1:11.76.

 Bermuda’s Imojen Judd, the 50m backstroke champion, took the bronze medal in 1:12.84.  Wainwright’s countrywoman Giani Francis placed fourth in 1:13.41.

Wainwright won a third medal as she teamed up with Kokolo Foster (breaststroke), Giani Francis (butterfly) and Christanya Shirley (freestyle) to take gold in the Girls’ 11-12 400m medley relay.

 The Jamaicans won in national and championship record of 4:49.77, which erased the old mark of  4:52.00 set by the quartet of  Gillian Stewart, Tamari Farquharson, Kheri Ann Robinson and Rene Wright at the 2002 games.

Bermuda took the silver medal in 4:52.93, while the Cayman Islands finished third for the bronze medal in 4:59.98.

Jamaica also secured two other girls’ relay gold medals. Those gold medals came in the 15-17 4x100m medley and the 13-14 4x100m medley.

35-time defending champions Jamaica are off to a fast start at the 2019 Carifta Games in Grand Cayman Saturday morning.

Briana Williams is back in 200m at the 2019 Carifta Games which begins at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on Saturday following a change to the 200m schedule.

The finals of the ninth season of the Intercol Rugby League 13s Championship will conclude on Saturday, April 20, when the Excelsior Community College Eagles take on the Caribbean Maritime University Spartans at the Mona Bowl in Kingston.

The top-seeded EXED ended the regular season with a record of 7-2-1 while CMU, the third seeds, finished the season with a 5-3-2 record.

EXED’s Head Coach Roy Calvert is not overlooking CMU and is expecting a keen battle in Saturday’s final that kicks off at 4:00 pm (5:00 pm ECT).

“Being in the finals two years in a row shows the strength of our program. That said, it is also amazing to see what CMU has achieved in just their third year,” he said. “My boys are looking forward to a good game on Saturday and our preparations have been geared towards such.”

CMU’s coach Linval Green said he is looking forward to a competitive final.

“It is a joy to see how far both teams have come. This final is more than just winning, it’s about a clash of talents created by a very good competition,” he said.

“I wish both teams best of luck on the day and I am looking forward to a clean, safe and exciting finals.”

In the semi-finals played on April 12, EXED battled to a 12-6 win against the University of the West Indies Pelicans. CMU, meanwhile, comfortably handled defending champions GC Foster Lions 16-0.

 EXED will be led by their top point’s scorers in Javian Bryan (58) and Akeem Murray (32). Meanwhile, CMU will look to the destructive duo of Adrian Thomas (58) and Orlando Messado (54) to lead their charge.

The University of The West Indies and GC Foster College will clash for third-place at 2 pm.  

Four-time Carifta Games champions the Bahamas will be sending a 50-plus member team to the Games this year stacked with quality, a departure from what has obtained in previous years.

Two Jamaican boxers, super heavyweight Ricardo Brown and lightweight Shiloh Defreitas, have qualified for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from July 2 to August 11.

Barbados allrounder Hayley Matthews and Stacy Ann King have been included in a 14-member Windies Women squad to tour Ireland and England from May 21-June 26.

Cricket West Indies has been appointed Jamaican businessman and government senator Don Wehby chairman of a Task Force on Corporate Governance Reform.

Messages of condolence poured in on Wednesday in reaction to the passing of The Honourable Patrick Rousseau OJ, who died on Tuesday night after a long illness. He was 85.

Triathlete Llori Sharpe leaves Jamaica on Friday, April 19, for the CAMTRI Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships on Sunday, April 21 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Reggae Girl goalkeeper Nicole McClure has signed with Sion Swifts Ladies in the Irish Premiership.

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has expressed sadness at the passing of former president Pat Rousseau OJ.

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