Groundbreaking performances were achieved for Guyana at the CARIFTA Games 2023. It was one of the most memorable games for the island nations. The 50th Anniversary event was held at the Thomas Robin Stadium in the Bahamas on Saturday, April 8, 2023. And if you have not yet heard the good news, CARIFTA awards the gold to Guyana.
Sensational Contestants for CARIFTA
Guyanese Tiana Springer scored gold in the 400 meters. She is only 16 years old and was part of the Guyana contingent. Springer and party arrived late to the game due to travel issues and missed the under-17 qualifiers for the girl’s morning session at the stadium. Despite this delay, she still won big, with a time of 54.32 seconds.
Davonte Howell had a sensational win in the marquee with 100 meters to cap the dramatic opening day of the 50th CARIFTA games on Saturday. There was a false start to the race in the second under 20 semi-final, so Howell took advantage of the mix-up and placed.
Javon Roberts placed second in the boys’ division. He returned on the final day and performed another clinical run in the Boys U17 800m. During this race, Roberts placed a personal best time of 1 minute and 54 seconds. He won a third gold medal at the CARIFTA Games.
Bahamian Carlos Brown was in lane three and looked to be in a great position to win, and then Davonte Howell soared through lane four in a close call just outside his personal best.
“I said from the first interview I was coming here to upset [the field], I was coming here to win – me and Jaiden Reid, we had to put Cayman on the map,” said an elated Howell.
“It means big things because we’re a small country, but we have great talent.”
Off to the Races
The Caribbean Islands and CARIFTA celebrate relations and athleticism in this time-honored event. If you could not make the race, we hope you enjoyed this glimpse of coverage for these incredible wins from the islands.
Be on the lookout for the racers we mentioned and the others. They all did an incredible job and will continue to make history.
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