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Jamaica dominates at CARIFTA GamesPosted: April 10, 2012
Jamaica's dominance at the annual CARIFTA Games continued over the Easter weekend in Bermuda.
The Jamaicans again topped the medal standings with a total of 78 medals, 6 less than the record 84 they amassed back in 2004.
They ended the 41st staging of the Games with 34 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze medals.
Jamaicans captured the under-17 events in both the boys’ and girls’ categories as well as three of the four 800 metres events on their way to glory.
They kicked off their success when the team of Saqukine Cameron, Yanique Thompson, Samara Spencer and Shauna Helps stormed to victory in a time of 46.52 seconds in the junior girls’ event.
The Bahamian team claimed silver in 46.66 seconds while the British Virgin Islands were third in a time of 48.22.
Jamaica followed up by taking the junior boys’ crown with the team of Xandre Blake, Okeen Williams, Karey Kelly and Michael O’Hara clocking 41.64 seconds to get home first.
The Bahamas were again second in 41.98 seconds while Trinidad and Tobago snatched bronze in 42.01 seconds.
The Jamaicans also stood tall in the 800m events as Tiffany James won the under-17 girls crown in a time of 02:18.11 seconds while Simoya Campbell clocked 02:08.48 to win the under-20s.
In the boys’ under-17, Ricardo McKenzie took gold in 02:2.73 before Trinidadian Mark London broke the sequence of Jamaican wins by taking the under-20 title in one minute 01:55.00 seconds.