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The 37th CARIFTA Games was held in the Bird Rock Athletic Stadium in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, on March 21–24, 2008.[1] IAAF president Lamine Diack was visiting the games emphasizing the event's importance and high value.[2] Detailed reports on the results were given.[3][4][5]

XXXVII CARIFTA Games
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Host cityBasseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis
Date(s)March 22–24
Main stadiumBird Rock Athletic Stadium
LevelJunior and Youth
Participationabout 488
(278 junior,
210 youth) athletes from
about 22 nations
Events66
(35 junior
(incl. 3 open),
31 youth)
Records set9 games records

Contents

Participation (unofficial)Edit

Detailed result lists can be found on the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association website,[6] and on the "World Junior Athletics History" website.[7] An unofficial count yields the number of about 488 athletes (278 junior (under-20) and 210 youth (under-17)) from about 22 countries: Anguilla (11), Antigua and Barbuda (10), Aruba (4), Bahamas (55), Barbados (39), Bermuda (24), British Virgin Islands (10), Cayman Islands (12), Dominica (4), Grenada (19), Guadeloupe (28), Guyana (3), Jamaica (68), Martinique (40), Netherlands Antilles (6), Saint Kitts and Nevis (55), Saint Lucia (11), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (6), Suriname (1), Trinidad and Tobago (63), Turks and Caicos Islands (9), US Virgin Islands (10).

RecordsEdit

A total of 9 new games records were set.

In the boys' U-20 category, Jamaican long distance runner Kemoy Campbell set the new 5000m record to 14:46.51,[5] while his compatriot K'don Samuels improved the 21-year-old mark of 4.26m in pole vault to 4.60m.[4]

In the girls' U-20 category, four new games records were set: for 800 metres, by Natoya Goule of Jamaica to 2:05.90,[5] for 100 metres hurdles record by Kierre Beckles of Barbados to 13.43s (0.4 m/s),[5] for the Pentathlon by Salcia Slack of Jamaica to 3935 points,[4] and by the 4 x 100 metres relay team from the Bahamas to 44.36s.[4]

Finally, there were three more games records in the boys' U-17 category: by Bahamians Aaron Wilmore who finished the 100 m hurdles in 12.88s (0.6 m/s),[5] and compatriot Nejmi Burnside with 52.81s in the 400 m hurdles.[4] Dillon Simon of Dominica reached a width of 16.63m to establish a new U-17 shot put record.[3]

Austin Sealy AwardEdit

The Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the games was awarded to Kierre Beckles of Barbados.[5] She won the gold medals in the 100m hurdles competition in the junior (U-20) category setting the new games record to 13.43s, and a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay.

Medal summaryEdit

Complete results can be found on the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association website,[6] and on the "World Junior Athletics History" website.[7]

Boys under 20 (Junior)Edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(0.1 m/s)
  Yohan Blake (JAM) 10.32   Dexter Lee (JAM) 10.48   Joel Dillon (TRI) 10.57
200 metres
(5.2 m/s)
  Nickel Ashmeade (JAM) 20.16 w   Ramone McKenzie (JAM) 20.33 w   Kendall Bacchus (TRI) 20.78 w
400 metres   Rondell Bartholomew (GRN) 46.86   Jovon Toppin (TRI) 47.26   Fabian Norgrove (BAR) 47.55
800 metres   Gavyn Nero (TRI) 1:51.94   Theon O'Connor (JAM) 1:52.49   Aaron Evans (BER) 1:52.61
1500 metres   Gavyn Nero (TRI) 3:56.14   Kemoy Campbell (JAM) 3:56.80   Conroy Crossman (JAM) 3:59.36
5000 metres   Kemoy Campbell (JAM) 14:46.51 CR   Christian Rock (BAR) 15:57.99   Kendis Bullard (TRI) 15:58.01
110 metres hurdles
(-0.5 m/s)
  Keiron Stewart (JAM) 13.50   Warren Weir (JAM) 14.13   Greggmar Swift (BAR) 14.22
400 metres hurdles   Andre Peart (JAM) 51.81   Keiron Stewart (JAM) 53.05   Jehue Gordon (TRI) 53.18
High Jump   Raymond Higgs (BAH) 2.10   Machell Baker  (JAM) 2.05   Kirk Austin (BAR) 2.00
Pole Vault   K'don Samuels  (JAM) 4.60 CR   Edvardo Humes (BAH) 3.20
Long Jump   Kyron Blaise (TRI) 7.65 w
(4.0 m/s)
  Tarik Batchelor (JAM) 7.34
(0.6 m/s)
 /  Dylan Rigot (GLP) 7.29
(1.8 m/s)
Triple Jump   Kyron Blaise (TRI) 15.76
(-0.5 m/s)
  Tarik Batchelor (JAM) 15.49 w
(5.0 m/s)
 /  Jérémie Varsovie (MTQ) 15.22 w
(3.0 m/s)
Shot Put   Robert Collingwood (TRI) 16.23   Shakir Simons (GRN) 15.93  /  Mike Montlouis-Dupa (MTQ) 15.67
Discus Throw   Emmanuel Stewart (TRI) 51.46   Noel Facey (JAM) 48.84  /  Jhovanie Legendart (MTQ) 46.42
Javelin Throw   Trevor Ifill (BAR) 65.48  /  Laury Battet (GLP) 54.23   Jamel Paul (TRI) 54.00
Heptathlon†   Shane Brathwaite (BAR) 5006   Lavaughn Ferguson (BAH) 4515   Thomas Davis (BAH) 4474
4 x 100 metres relay   Jamaica
Warren Weir
Ramone McKenzie
Nickel Ashmeade
Dexter Lee
39.80   Trinidad and Tobago
Abiola Glasgow
Kendall Bacchus
Kyle Jacelon
Joel Dillon
40.68   Barbados
Shekeim Greaves
Renaldo Bailey
Jerry-Lee Davis
Shane Brathwaite
41.59
4 x 400 metres relay   Jamaica
Keiron Stewart
Ramone McKenzie
Nickel Ashmeade
Andre Peart
3:09.71   Trinidad and Tobago
Jameel Alleyne-Walcott
Kervin Morgan
Ancil Nicholson
Jovon Toppin
3:11.34   Bahamas
Jeffery Gibson
Demetrius Pinder
Brandon Miller
Karlton Rolle
3:12.09

†: Open event for both junior and youth athletes.

Girls under 20 (Junior)Edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(2.5 m/s)
  Carrie Russell (JAM) 11.39 w   Meritzer Williams (SKN) 11.41 w   Sheniqua Ferguson (BAH) 11.50 w
200 metres
(1.4 m/s)
  Nivea Smith (BAH) 23.01   Meritzer Williams (SKN) 23.11   Jura Levy (JAM) 23.28
400 metres   Janeil Bellille (TRI) 53.57   Kayan Robinson (JAM) 53.77   Alicia Cutenar (JAM) 54.05
800 metres   Natoya Goule (JAM) 2:05.90 CR   Afyia Walker (TRI) 2:10.20   Jessica James (TRI) 2:11.07
1500 metres   Natoya Goule (JAM) 4:33.69   Mackola Joseph (JAM) 4:45.22   Alika Morgan (GUY) 4:47.48
3000 metres†   Neisha Morgan (JAM) 10:15.22   Alika Morgan (GUY) 10:15.28   Kimberly Brown (JAM) 10:16.15
100 metres hurdles
(0.4 m/s)
  Kierre Beckles (BAR) 13.43 CR   Rosemarie Carty (JAM) 13.63   Krystal Bodie (BAH) 13.72
400 metres hurdles   Janeil Bellille (TRI) 58.08   Shana-Gaye Tracey (JAM) 58.17   Nikita Tracey (JAM) 59.69
High Jump   Terri Ann Grant (JAM) 1.65  /  Maeva Caracasse (GLP) 1.65   Shinelle Proctor (AIA) 1.65
Long Jump  /  Daniella Sacama-Isidore (MTQ) 6.03  /  Gaëlle Gendrey (GLP) 6.02  /  Keshia Willix (MTQ) 5.90
Triple Jump  /  Keshia Willix (MTQ) 12.91 w
(3.6 m/s)
  Salcia Slack (JAM) 12.81
(1.2 m/s)
 /  Gaëlle Gendrey (GLP) 12.51
(0.0 m/s)
Shot Put  /  Myriam Lixfe (MTQ) 14.61  /  Gianni Robard (MTQ) 13.93   Hilenn James (TRI) 13.29
Discus Throw   Geneva Greaves (JAM) 44.68   Candicea Bernard (JAM) 40.29  /  Laurenza Granville (MTQ) 37.03
Javelin Throw   Deandra Dottin (BAR) 47.00  /  Kevine Egarnes (MTQ) 42.12   Colleen Felix (GRN) 41.33
Pentathlon†   Salcia Slack (JAM) 3935 CR  /  Audelia Da Vaiga (MTQ) 3591   Colleen Felix (GRN) 3497
4 x 100 metres relay   Bahamas
Sheniqua Ferguson
Krystal Bodie
Cache Armbrister
Nivea Smith
44.36 CR   Jamaica
Rosemarie Carty
Jura Levy
Alicia Cutenar
Carrie Russell
44.90   Barbados
Tameka Rawlins
Mara Weekes
Sade Sealy
Kierre Beckles
45.75
4 x 400 metres relay   Jamaica
Kayan Robinson
Shana-Gaye Tracey
Nikita Tracey
Alicia Cutenar
3:39.12   Trinidad and Tobago
Jessica James
Sparkle McKnight
Afyia Walker
Janeil Bellille
3:43.65   Barbados
Sade Sealy
Latoya Griffith
Sade Greene
Mara Weekes
3:44.41

†: Open event for both junior and youth athletes.

Boys under 17 (Youth)Edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(-1.6 m/s)
  Geno Jones (BAH) 10.76   Moriba Morain (TRI) 10.84   Christopher Garia (AHO) 11.00
200 metres
(2.0 m/s)
  Kirani James (GRN) 21.38   Moriba Morain (TRI) 21.74   Earl Lee (JAM) 21.89
400 metres   Kirani James (GRN) 47.87   Javere Bell (JAM) 49.08   Nolan Williams (JAM) 49.34
800 metres   Javere Bell (JAM) 1:56.12   Anthonio Mascoll (BAR) 1:56.68   Waquar Dacosta (JAM) 1:58.99
1500 metres   Waquar Dacosta (JAM) 4:09.78   Matthew Wright (BAR) 4:10.44   Ibrahim Hinds (BAR) 4:16.30
3000 metres   Matthew Wright (BAR) 9:05.11   Dwayne Hibbert (JAM) 9:24.89  /  Gary Siwsanker (GLP) 9:25.04
100 metres hurdles
(0.6 m/s)
  Aaron Wilmore (BAH) 12.88 CR   Tyrel Forde (BAR) 13.13   D'Omar Boyden (JAM) 13.49
400 metres hurdles   Nejmi Burnside (BAH) 52.81 CR   Tyrel Forde (BAR) 55.08   Omar Charles (TRI) 55.29
High Jump   Jonathan Reid (JAM) 2.05   Wendrico Seymour (TCA) 1.95   Travis Webb (CAY) 1.95
Long Jump   Wendrico Seymour (TCA) 6.86   Winsley Tweeboom (AHO) 6.67   Charles Turnquest (BAH) 6.65
Triple Jump   Elton Walcott (TRI) 14.66
(1.3 m/s)
  Jonathan Reid (JAM) 14.17 w
(3.2 m/s)
  Julian Forte (JAM) 13.59 w
(2.6 m/s)
Shot Put   Dillon Simon (DMA) 16.63 CR   John Jones (BAR) 15.93   Rajae Gayle (JAM) 14.75
Discus Throw   Rajae Gayle (JAM) 48.54   Dillon Simon (DMA) 47.00   Rojay Dacres (JAM) 46.70
Javelin Throw   John Jones (BAR) 55.98   Emron Gibbs (GRN) 54.72   Merfilius Leslie (DMA) 51.90
4 x 100 metres relay   Bahamas
Aaron Wilmore
Demetri Knowles
Johnathan Farquharson
Geno Jones
41.85   Trinidad and Tobago
Christian Benjamin
Jonathan Holder
Koffi Hunte
Moriba Morain
42.29   Jamaica
Lemmar Wilson
Earl Lee
A-Shawni Mitchell
Rolando Reid
42.62
4 x 400 metres relay   Jamaica
Nolan Williams
Rolando Reid
A-Shawni Mitchell
Javere Bell
3:19.26   Trinidad and Tobago
Hendrix Foncette
Omar Charles
Kory Woods
Deon Lendore
3:21.20   Bahamas
Alonzo Russell
Zhivago Thompson
Glenwood Baillou
Nejmi Burnside
3:22.77

Girls under 17 (Youth)Edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
(0.4 m/s)
  Michelle-Lee Ahye (TRI) 11.66   Allison Peter (ISV) 11.91   V'Alonnee Robinson (BAH) 11.91
200 metres
(1.6 m/s)
  Allison Peter (ISV) 23.99   Kai Selvon (TRI) 24.14   Vanessa Bennet (SKN) 24.40
400 metres   Shericka Jackson (JAM) 54.52   Sandrae Farquharson (JAM) 54.56   Rashan Brown (BAH) 55.52
800 metres   Chantal Duncan (JAM) 2:13.46   Ristananna Tracey (JAM) 2:13.77   Hughnique Rolle (BAH) 2:17.58
1500 metres   Kenryca Francis (ATG) 4:48.82   Carla Thompson (JAM) 4:52.34   Antonia Wilson (GRN) 4:56.18
100 metres hurdles
(-0.9 m/s)
  Kenrisha Brathwaite (BAR) 14.04   Samantha Elliot (JAM) 14.17   V'Alonnee Robinson (BAH) 14.18
300 metres hurdles   Danielle Dowie (JAM) 42.62   Kenrisha Brathwaite (BAR) 43.61   Sade Greenidge (BAR) 44.61
High Jump   Petagaye Reid (JAM) 1.74   Akela Jones (BAR) 1.71   Deandra Daniel (TRI) 1.65
Long Jump   V'Alonnee Robinson (BAH) 5.82   Janieve Russell (JAM) 5.72   Rochelle Farquharson (JAM) 5.67
Triple Jump   Shanieka Thomas (JAM) 11.83
(-2.2 m/s)
  Tamara Myers (BAH) 11.55
(-3.5 m/s)
  Rochelle Farquharson (JAM) 11.53
(-1.6 m/s)
Shot Put  /  Yasmine Merkiled (MTQ) 11.74  /  Laurianne Laurendot (GLP) 11.36   Michelle Rogers (BAR) 11.18
Discus Throw   Monique Henry (JAM) 34.02   Kyshona Knight (BAR) 32.86   Racquel Williams (BAH) 31.34
Javelin Throw  /  Laure Mongin (MTQ) 37.65   Kyshona Knight (BAR) 36.63  /  Myriam Sacama-Isidore (MTQ) 34.54
4 x 100 metres relay   Jamaica
Natasha Morrison
Yanique Ellington
Sandrae Farquharson
Petra Fanty
46.51   Saint Kitts and Nevis
Arian Maynard
Vanessa Bennet
Trefasana White
Siana Leader
46.95   Bahamas
Sparkyl Cash
V'Alonnee Robinson
Rashan Brown
Henrietta Carey
47.84
4 x 400 metres relay   Jamaica
Petra Fanty
Shericka Jackson
Danielle Dowie
Sandrae Farquharson
3:39.62   Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trefasana White
Vanessa Bennet
Siana Leader
Kaydeen Liburd
3:49.13   Trinidad and Tobago
Desiree Harper
Chelsi Campbell
Marrissa Gale
Sade Andrews
3:50.13

Medal tableEdit

The medal count has been published.[8]


  *   Host nation (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Jamaica (JAM)29251569
2  Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)10101030
3  Bahamas (BAH)831223
4  Barbados (BAR)710926
5  Martinique (MTQ)53614
6  Grenada (GRN)3238
7  Dominica (DMA)1113
8  Turks and Caicos Islands (TKS)1102
  U.S. Virgin Islands (VIR)1102
10  Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)1001
11  Guadeloupe (GLP)0437
12  Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)*0415
13  Guyana (GUY)0112
  Netherlands Antilles (AHO)0112
15  Bermuda (BER)0011
  Cayman Islands (CAY)0011
  Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)0011
Totals (17 nations)666665197


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "XXXVII CARIFTA Games". St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association. 2008-02-15. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  2. ^ Foster, Anthony (23 March 2008), President Diack urges every region to have its own version of CARIFTA, IAAF, retrieved February 13, 2012
  3. ^ a b Foster, Anthony (23 March 2008), 37th CARIFTA Games open in St. Kitts - Day ONE news, IAAF, retrieved February 13, 2012
  4. ^ a b c d e Foster, Anthony (24 March 2008), Records fall – CARIFTA Games, Day TWO, IAAF, retrieved February 13, 2012
  5. ^ a b c d e f Foster, Anthony (25 March 2008), Beckles already eyeing Bydgoszcz, as CARIFTA Games close – Day THREE, IAAF, retrieved February 13, 2012
  6. ^ a b XXXVII CARIFTA GAMES, Saint Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, retrieved February 13, 2012
  7. ^ a b World Junior Athletics History, WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY ("WJAH"), archived from the original on 2011-10-23, retrieved February 13, 2012
  8. ^ Carifta Games 2008, Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, retrieved February 13, 2012

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