Carifta Games --- Kemarrio Bygrave Shine at Purewater/JC/R Danny William Invitational
Kemarrio Bygrave

Jamaican athletes showcased their talent at the 51st Carifta Games, sweeping all four 1500m finals in a dominating display at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada.

Kemarrio Bygrave, representing Jamaica, executed a well-timed race, surging from third place in the last 200m to seize victory with a time of 3:58.10. He was closely pursued by teammate Jaquan Coke, who also displayed a strong final lap, finishing in 3:58.38. Bermuda’s Jake Brislane, who led the field into the final straight, secured the bronze in 3:58.83.

Bygrave expressed gratitude, stating, “I have to thank God that this year I am finishing my season healthy, especially after the disappointment I experienced last year. I wanted to prove I am a champion.”

In the Girls’ 1500-meter Run Under 20 category, Rickeisha Simms of Jamaica claimed the top spot with a time of 4 minutes and 31.94 seconds, closely followed by compatriot Kaydeen Johnson, clocking in at 4:32.49. Johnson led the race until the last 100m before being overtaken by Simms. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kaleigh Forde secured third place with a time of 4:41.71.

The Boys’ 1500-meter Run Under 17 saw Jamaican athlete Shemar Green clinch victory in 4:11.91. Wyndel Beyde of Aruba followed closely behind with a time of 4:12.80, securing the second position. Jamaican runner Sekani Brown claimed third place with a time of 4:15.21.

In the Girls’ 1500-meter Run Under 17, Jamaican athletes continued to impress. Dallia Fairweather secured the gold medal with a time of 4:45.86, edging out compatriot Alikay Reynolds, who finished just milliseconds behind at 4:46.14. Trinidad and Tobago’s Shian Lewis secured the third position with a time of 4:48.58.

Jamaica’s dominance in the track events underscored the country’s rich talent pool, for which the schools deserve credit for nurturing.

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