The 40th CARIFTA Games 2011 is on the track at Montego Bay, Jamaica

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  • The 40th CARIFTA Games 2011 is on the track at Montego Bay, Jamaica

The 40th CARIFTA Games 2011 is on the track at Montego Bay, Jamaica

Saturday, April 23, the 40th CARIFTA Games 2011 has taken place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The event is of three days in which around 600 athletes and officials have reached from different countries.

According to an estimated figure, more or less twenty six countries are attending and participating in the event, like, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Suriname, St Lucia, Bermuda, Dominica, Aruba, Jamaica the hosting country and many more.

The Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) started games for the first time in 1972. It is annual event which used to conduct in Easter days. The meetings includes in this events are; hurdles, middle distance track, jumping, javelin throw, shot put and racing. It is for juniors under two categories, 17 and 20. The first event held in Austin, the purpose of the event was also to resolve the matters of English speaking of Caribbean with West Indies Federation. After the successful event of 1972, it held every year in Easter’s days.

Prehistorically, Jamaica is best in hospitality so far that in 39 years of the event, Jamaica is hosting for the seventh time this year. Previous years of his hosting are 1974, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1996 and now is it underway in 2011.

On the first day of the event in under 20 women shot put, the first gold medal winner was Guadeloupe’s Laurianne Laurendot. She won by clinching 13.60 metres. Her rival Kellion Knibb of the host country missed the gold by just one centimeter off.

Under 17, Adrian Williams from St Kitts-Nevis threw Javelin and bagged gold by 60.15 metres far throw. He is World Youth qualifier from earlier in the season and he also set a new record in CARIFTA Games. He is champ under 17 javelin throw too.

The 19 year-old Traves Smikle, of Jamaica threw the discus 62.84 metres far away but slightly missed the existing record of Chad Wright, set in 2010. Jamaican Chad Wright flung it 63.11 metres in the same event last year.

On the second day of the event, as it was Sunday, more spectators have been seen there. The main highlighting results on the second day, Akela Jones of Barbados has clinched gold in long jumping under 17 (women) by scoring 5.66 metres. At under 20 triple jump (women) Nickeva Wilson won with 12.83metres.

Under 17 (men) high jump, Cristoffe Bryan leaped 2.10 metres. Other than his superb performance he missed narrowly the record of 2.13 metres.

The most dominating performances are of Jamaica so far. Yet the results of last day have to come. The last day of three days event is on the track right now. The closing of the CARIFTA will conduct on April 25.


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