Coach Edmonds hails Guyana’s ‘outstanding performance’ at 48th CARIFTA Games

first_imgJULIAN Edmonds, head coach of Guyana’s CARIFTA Games team, showered the athletes with praises for what he called an “outstanding performance” at the 48th edition of the event, held over the Easter weekend in the Cayman Islands.Guyana finished with a record 10 medals – four gold, two silver and four bronze – and according to Edmonds, the result should be celebrated, given the fact that “CARIFTA Games is a very tough competition where every country bring their ‘A game’. We finished 4th out of 27 countries ahead of powerhouse Barbados, Bermuda and Grenada and had an equal four gold medals as Trinidad; they finished 3rd but had more silver medals.”Claudrice McKoy, who won gold in the Women’s U-20 1500 metres and bronze in the women’s 3000 metres Open, along with Chantoba Bright (gold in Women’s U-20 long jump and silver in the women’s U-20 triple jump) are hanging up their cleats after some stellar years at the CARIFTA Games, and will now transition to competing at the senior level for Guyana.McKoy, in 2017, won gold in the 3 000 metres open, and bronze in the 1500 metres. She missed the 2018 Championships due to an injury.Julian EdmondsBright, on the other hand, at the 2016 CARIFTA Games won silver in the triple and the long jump. In 2017 she won gold in the long jump and bronze in the triple jump. In 2018, she won gold in the long jump, bronze in the triple jump and silver in the 4×400 relay.“Chantoba (Bright) is a CARIFTA legend and will be missed by team Guyana who wish her well at the senior level. Claudrice (McKoy) has contributed well for Guyana at this level and will also be missed,” said Edmonds.Both McKoy and Bright compete at the collegiate level in the USA.Meanwhile, Matthew Gordon (gold in the Boys U-17 3000 metres) and Anisha Gibbons (gold in the Girls U-17 javelin) were the debutants who found themselves atop the podium and Edmonds believes that the newcomers at the CARIFTA Games impressed enough to make him a believer that Guyana’s rise at the regional showpiece is not by luck.“Matthew is a wonderful young man. He rebounded from the 1500 metres after being bumped on and nearly fell in a race we thought he would have won – to win a well-planned 3000 metres. He will serve Guyana well in the future,” the coach opined.Edmonds further added that “Anisha is the real deal! She missed the Games record by three metres. These athletes showed maturity beyond their age. We also had Loneil Marks, Keliza Smith and Brianna Charles, debutants making it to sprint finals which is a good achievement that will give them experience going forward”.This year, Guyana sent a 21-man contingent to the games – the largest in the country’s history at the championships.GUYANA CARIFTA GAMES MEDAL BREAKDOWNClaudrice McKoy – Gold (Women’s U-20 1500 metres), Bronze (3000 metres Open)Chantoba Bright – Gold (Women’s U-0 Long Jump) Silver (U-20 Triple Jump)Anisha Gibbons – Gold (Girls’ U-17 Javelin)Matthew Gordon – Gold (Boys’ U-17 3000 metres)Joanna Archer – Silver (Women’s U-20 800 metres)Audriel Austin – Bronze (Girls’ U-17 800 metres)Shaquka Tyrell – Bronze (Girls’ U-17 1500 metres)Princess Browne – Bronze (Girls’ U-17 Triple Jump)last_img

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