The Trinidad and Tobago quartet of Elijah Martin, Joshua St Clair, Judah Taylor and Kashief King put the exclamation mark on the 46th CARIFTA Games in Curacao last evening with a well-earned victory in the Boys Under 20 four by 400 metres relay final – Trinidad and Tobago’s seventh gold medal alongside five silver and ten bronze.
The gold collection bested last year’s three from the Games in Grenada and six from St Kitts/Nevis 2015.
Nineteen-year-old USA-born Trinidad and Tobago national Khalifa St Fort distinguished among the 51 TT athletes with DOUBLE gold medal sweep winning the Girls Under 20 100 and 200 metres.
She was a 2016 100 metre winner as well. She was a non-starter for the 200.
Sharing sprint glory in this year’s Games was Adell Colthrust who won a grandstand Boys Under-18 100-metres final. Colthrust finished down the field in the 200 final.
Hitting record heights alone among the TT medal winners was Tyriq Horsford who won the Boys Under 18 javelin throw event for the third year running, this time with a new Games record of 76.50 metres. Tyriq broke his own 73 metre mark posted last year.
Tyra Gittens gave a resounding all-the-way leading performance to win another TT gold in the Girls Hepathlon in which Anya Akili finished third for the bronze.
Gittens was also a silver medallist at Long Jump to cap a fine Games performance.
Ianna roach copped the first gold for TT when winning the Girls Under 18 Shot Put.
In Nassau, Bahamas meanwhile today is the fourth and last day of the 32nd edition CARIFTA Swimming Championships and TT count 13 gold meddals, five featuring 14 year-old Gabriela Donahue in the Girls 13 to 14 Age Group.
Donahue, Jada Chai, Jahmia Harley, Jada Chatoor as the girls gold medallists and Jeron Thompson, Kael Yorke, Kadon Williams, Zarek Wilson among the boys go pressing for more in today’s finale.
But in Willemstad, Curacao it was Jamaica continuing their dominance of the track and field Games with their history counting 39 CARIFTA titles and 33 on the trot since the frst Games in 1972,
Only Bermuda (twice) and Bahamas (three times) have been champions.
TT teens are also on cue for more medals in the 22nd Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation’s Cadet and Junior Championships in Guyana.