Javier Brown of Jamaica College closed the penultimate day of the 2021 ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletic Championships in style.

After 24 finals, at the end of the fourth day, KC lead with 187 over JC 179.50. Calabar, 144, STETHS, 93, and St. Jago, 63.

Brown, drawn inside favourite Devontie Archer of Excelsior, trailed up to the ninth hurdle. He got by Archer in the final 15 meters and even had time to celebrate metres before the finish line. He crossed the line with his arms wide apart, and the clock stopped on the record mark – 49.86 seconds.

The mark broke the Class 1 boys’ 400m hurdles record of 49.94 set by Rovane Williams in 2018.

Archer finished second in 50.43 and Roshawn Clarke of Camperdown third in 50.93.

Earlier, Kingston College dominated the Class 2 boys’ final, with Antonio Forbes taking the top spot in 51.84 and Shamari Jennings, 52.52 for third place.

STETHS’ Shamer Blake finished strong to nip Jennings and took second in 52.16.

Garriel White took the girls’ 400m hurdles open in 57.65 ahead of Moseiha Bridgen of Vere, 58.90.

Clarendon College dominated the Class 1 girls’ discus final. Roxene Simpson came out on top with a throw of 45.85m ahead of her teammate Kimola Hines, 44.98.

Calabar, as they did earlier in the morning, scored heavily in the pole vault. Kito Campbell, 3.90m and Julian Francis, 3.80m, gave the Red Hills Road-based school first and third for 15 points.

KC’s Jafar Moore also cleared 3.80m but took second place on countback.

Shamir Kelly of KC topped the Class 3 boys’ long jump after getting out to 6.82 metres (+3.1m/s wind). KC picked up six more points thanks to the third-place effort of Roshawn Onfroy, 6.40m (+4.4m/s).
Edward Sterling of Wolmer’s was the second-place finisher with a jump of 6.79m (+2.6m/s).

Luke Brown of Calabar came out on top in the triple jump for Class 1 boys, 16.31m to beat Jhavor Bennett of STETHS, 15.56m.

Ackelia Smith of Edwin Allen was the only 13-metre jumper in the triple jump open final. She hop-skip jump 13.42m to beat Hydel’s Velecia Williams, 12.87m.
At this stage, Edwin Allen got across the 200 points mark with 207 and ahead of St. Jago, 180.5 and Hydel, 152.5.

Edwin Allen, 213, St. Jago, 187.5, Hydel, 161.5, Holmwood, 65.5 and Vere, 49, are the top five teams on the girls’ side.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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