Carifta Games

The Carifta Games, which concluded on April 1st in St. George’s, Grenada, witnessed the spark of a compelling rivalry between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, driven by candid comments from athletes on both sides.

After the final of the U17 boys’ 4x100m, the Jamaican sprinter Malike Nugent being interviewed was asked, “What was it like running against the Trinidadians and how much energy did they force you to exert?” He replied, “None, they were really soft,” and again emphasized his point by repeating “soft.”

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Responding on the track, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kadeem Chinapoo delivered a standout performance in the U17 200m, clocking in at 21.78 seconds and besting Jamaica’s Oshane Lewis. Chinapoo’s victory was not just about the win; it was a statement. “It means a lot; it’s what I’ve been training for—to beat the Jamaicans because they’re soft,” he said, echoing Nugent’s earlier comment and intensifying the budding rivalry with a confident chuckle.

The exchange of “soft” accusations has fueled discussions and anticipation for future matchups, suggesting that this Carifta Games might just be the beginning of an intense competitive spirit between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Adding to the narrative, Jamaican Nyron Wade clinched the U17 boys 100m final, edging out Chinapoo, while Nugent secured bronze, further entwining the fates of these athletes in this emerging rivalry.

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