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What a face!

Briana Williams defends Carifta sprint double

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Briana Williams completed her second-straight Carifta Games sprint double after winning the Under-20 girls 200m at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman on Sunday with a season's best 22.89 seconds (0.9m/s).

The Florida-based Williams had won the 100m the previous evening and was the only sprint double champion of the championships, while Xavier Nairne won the Under-20 boys gold medal in a new personal best.

Wayne Pinnock continued his brilliant season, successfully defending his Under-20 long jump title, but came up just short of breaking the championships record 7.95m.

Williams, who is the reigning IAAF World Under-20 sprint double champion and had the fastest qualifying time of 23.38 seconds set in the morning session on Sunday, destroyed the field with her blazing fast start, streaking away to win by a wide margin.

Joanne Reid, also of Jamaica, held on for the silver medal in 23.69 seconds, just ahead of Beyonce Defreitas of the British Virgin Islands, who took the bronze in 23.79 seconds.

Nairne continued his best season by taking the gold in the boys Under-20 200m in a new life time best 20.65 seconds (0.5m/s) followed home by teammate Antonio Watson (20.83 seconds), while 400m champion Terrance Jones of the Bahamas was third in 20.89 seconds.

Brianna Lyston was upset in the Under-17 girls' 200m final, beaten by Trinidad and Tobago's Shaniqua Bascombe, who ran 23.36 seconds (1.0m/s) to the Jamaican's 23.53 seconds.

St Vincent's Ulanda Lewis won her second bronze medal of the championships, running 24.09 seconds after placing third in the 100m a day earlier.

Jaleel Croal of the British Virgin Islands scored a big win when he took the Under-17 boys' 200m in 21.43 seconds (0.7m/s), his second medal after he had placed third in the 100m on Friday.

Jamaica took the silver and bronze medals with Christopher Scott placing second in 21.73 seconds and Richard Nelson third in 21.84 seconds.

Pinnock got out to 7.84m (2.0m/s) in the Under-20 boys long jump and was competing against himself and the 29 year-old record set in Kingston in 1990 by Kareem Street-Thompson of the Cayman Islands.

Jamaica took the silver medal as well, as Jordan Turner jumped 7.33m (-0.1m/s) just edging out Trinidad and Tobago's Kelsey Daniel, who registered 7.32m (-0.1m/s).

David Edmondson won the boys' Octathlon Open with 5413 points, beating the Bahamas' Patrick Johnson (5,244) and Trinidad's Anson Moses (5,107 points).

Thalia Wilson finished fourth in the girls' heptathlon Open with 4,695 points.


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