Carifta Games --- Nickecoy Bramwell's Personal Best Steals the Show at JC Sprint Fest
Nickecoy Bramwell's Personal Best Steals the Show at JC Sprint Fest

Nickecoy Bramwell of Jamaica has etched his name into the annals of track and field history with a jaw-dropping performance at the 51st Carifta Games at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada. He obliterated Usain Bolt’s long-standing record in the Boys 400-meter Dash Under 17 category.

Bramwell, a mere 16 years old, stunned spectators and competitors alike as he blazed across the finish line in a sensational time of 47.27 seconds, breaking Bolt’s previous mark of 47.33 seconds set back in 2002.

Bramwell’s electrifying display of speed and skill left no doubt about his status as a rising star in Jamaican athletics. Representing his country with pride, Bramwell’s record-breaking run exemplified the spirit of determination and excellence that has come to define Jamaican track and field.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to break the record. Since last summer, I have been eyeing the record, so it’s a great feeling I could come out here and get it,” Bramwell said. Despite struggling with hamstring injuries for the last few months, Bramwell emphasized that it didn’t hinder his performance. “I just took my mind off it and focused on the record.”

Grenadian Kemron Mathlyn finished second to Bramwell in 47.96 seconds, with St. Lucian Eagan Neely claiming third in 48.16 seconds.

Jamaican Athletes Dominate Carifta Games with Record-Breaking Performances

In the Girls 400-meter Dash Under 17 category, Nastassia Fletcher of Jamaica displayed her prowess with a commanding victory, clocking an impressive time of 54.32 seconds. St. Lucian Keyezra Thomas took silver in 54.59 seconds, and Antigua and Barbuda’s Tyra Fenton secured the bronze in 54.89 seconds.

Meanwhile, Tianna Springer of Guyana secured victory in the Girls 400-meter Dash Under 20 category, crossing the finish line in 52.31 seconds. Springer attributed her success to her rigorous training regimen, stating, “I knew I would win because I trained hard for this. You wouldn’t want all that training to go to waste.”

Jamaicans Abigail Campbell and Shanque Williams took silver and bronze, respectively, with times of 52.85 and 53.03 seconds.

On the boys’ side, Malachi Austin of Guyana emerged triumphant in the Boys 400-meter Dash Under 20 category, posting a blistering time of 46.35 seconds. Austin explained that his strategy was to conserve energy in the first 200 meters before giving it his all in the final stretch. “It feels so happy, it’s great to achieve a huge PB,” Austin added.

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