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Carifta Games News Articles from Cayman Islands
By Clayton Clarke
of Trinidad & Tobago
From 3rd - 5th April 2010

03/04/10: Kirani James 45.02 highlight day one of 2010 Carifta Games. 
Kirani James promised to (break the) Boys under 20 400m Carifta record and the lanky Grenadian runner delivered.  The 2009 World Youth double champion destroyed the field in 45.02 seconds to erase the previous mark of 45.45 he set in 2009.  James took an early lead. By the time he came into the home stretch well ahead of the field. After the race, James says “ I was expecting a sub 45 race but it is not. It is a new record and a good time and I am happy with that but I was expecting better”.  The 14 and 15 age group world record holder in the 400m said he felt he was capable of a 44 point clocking because “training has been good and had a strong feeling I would”. Deon Lendore (TRI) was second in 46.59 seconds.  James is set to run the heats of the 200m tomorrow.
There was another record in the 400m. Shaynae Miller (BAH) set a new mark in 53.36m in the girls under 17. The Bahamain produced a storming finish moving from fourth at 80 metres to go to run past the defending champion and record holder Shericka Jackson (JAM) whose previous mark was 53.48 was set last year in St. Lucia. This time around Jackson had to settle for second in 53.71 seconds ahead of Olivia James (JAM) in 53.89.  Lennox Williams (JAM) won 400m in 48.01 seconds ahead Darvin Sandy (TRI) 48.62 second.
The Bahamian twin of Lathone and Lathorio Minns took gold and silver in the Boys under 17 triple jump finals. Lathone won with a leap of 14.86m, 8cm ahead of his brother (14.78m). Lathorio took the silver count back as he and Jean-Noel Cretinior (MAR) both jumped the same distance.
Chantelle Morrison won the hosts first gold medal taking the Girls under 17 100m in 11.74 second (11.69 in the heats). Odane Skeen (JAM) took the Boys under 17 in 10.53 seconds. In the Girls under 20 100m, Michelle Lee Ahye (TRI) took gold in 11.50 seconds just edging out 2009 World Youth 100/200m silver medallist Allison Peters (USVI)  11.51 and V’Alonee Robinson (BAH) in third 11.57. Geno Jones copped the Boys under 20 sprint for Bahamas in 10.44 seconds ahead of Jason Rogers (SKN) 10.48 seconds.
Natoya Goule (JAM) won her 11th Carifta gold taking the Girls under 20 1500m for the third straight year. Goule clocked 4:36:34 while Kemoy Campbell (JAM) took the boys’ race in 3:48:99. Goule ran a similar race to Campbell taking and early lead and dominating the race to win by more than 50 meters.Tre Adderley (BAH) leads the Boys open Heptathlon after day one with 2889 points while Audilia Daveiga (MAR) is ahead in the Girls open Pentathlon 2283 going into day two.  

03/04/10: Kirani James aiming for 400m record again as Carifta Games begin in Cayman Islands
Georgetown, Cayman Islands: Defending champion and record holder (45.45) Kirani James (GRN) is looking to better his Carifta mark in the Boys under 20 400m event as he qualified for the final on the first day of action at the 39th Carifta Games here at the Truman Bodden Sporting Complex on Saturday.
James won the first heat in 47.83 seconds. He was challenged initially by Demar Murray (JAM) but won looking cormfortable.
Deon Lendore (TRI) took the second heat in 47.93 running on the outside in lane 7. In 2009 in St. Lucia, James was pushed all the way to the line by compatriot Ronald Bartholemew. This year James expects Lendore to give him a challenge later on today.
The 2009 World Youth and Pan Junior Champion says he was “running to qualify trying to conserve as much energy as possible”.

The University of Alabama freshman also says he is to break his one year old mark.
James was not the only Grenadian to feature in the 400m heats. Kanika Beckles qualified for the Girls under 20 final. Beckles clocked fastest time of 53.77 seconds.
Jamaica won two of the four finals contested on the morning session of the first day of action.

Gleneive Grange took gold in the Girls under 17 shot put with 11.46 metres, beating Sherice Murray(TRI) 11.09 meters and Shareday Curiel(AHO) into second and third respectively,
Chad Wright won the Boys under 20 Discus final taking the gold on the final throw of 63.11 meters to break the Carifta record of 62.95 meters set by the defending champion Quincy Wilson (TRI) whose mark came on his second throw.

In third place was 2009 World Youth bronze medallist Travis Smikles with 58.24 meters.
The top three broke the 2009 mark of 55.67 meters set by Wilson in St. Lucia.
Akela Jones (BAR) won the first gold on the games and also set the first record when she won the Girls under 17 High Jump with a jump of 1.85 metres breaking the old mark of 1.80m held by Sherise Francis (JAM) in 1999, Petagaye Reid(JAM) and Jones herself both in 2009.
Adrian Williams (SKN) won his country’s first gold in seven years when he won the Boys under 17 Javelin with 57.86 meters.