The 44th Carifta Games opened in the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Friday, but concluded yesterday in the Kim Collins National Athletic Stadium with Jamaica topping all-comers including Trinidad and Tobago who earned six gold medals, eight silver and six bronze over the four days of track and field competition.
Shawn K Richards, Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, had announced on Friday during theopening ceremony of the 44th CARIFTA Games that the Stadium on Sunday (5 April) will be named in Collins’ honour.
Collins, in 2003 became his country’s first and only World Champion. Running out of lane one, he won the 100m in Paris.
Collins also represented St. Kitts and Nevis at the Olympic Games on four occasions, from 1996 to 2008, and eight consecutive World Championships between 1997 and up to 2011
IF anything just two TT athletes would have had Collins applauding their sprinting as they accounted for two of TT’s six gold medals.
Akanni Hislop won the Boys Under-18 200 metres gold and Kayelle Clarke took the gold again in the Girls Under-20 200 metres.
TT’s four other gold medals came from Under-18 competitors Isaiah Taylor in a record-setting Boys Shot Put event, Tyriq Hosford also in a record-setting Boys Javelin, Portious Warren in the Girls Under-20 Shot Put and Andwuelle Wright in the Boys Under-20 Long Jump.
Taylor posted a new Games record of 17.56 metres inhis shot put win and Hosford also logged a new Games standard of 70.73 metres in winning the javelin.
Hislop was one of the silver medallists for TT too as he finished second in the Boys 100 metres final.
TT were represented by 68 athletes at the games, Next year’s exdition is set for Grenada,