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A gold for Shaunae Miller Photo: Kermit Taylor / Bahamas Athletics
After “collecting” at the Carifta Games in Montego Bay in April, The Bahamas World Youth Track and Field Championships Team went on to “collect” in Lille, France.
“Collect” they did as Shaunae Miller collected Gold in the 400m on Friday, Latario Collie-Minns “collected” Gold in the Triple Jump on Saturday, with twin Lathone “collecting” Bronze.
At 10:10am Nassau time today, while the nation celebrated the 38th anniversary of Independence, former St. John’s student Stephen ‘Dirty’ Newbold won the 200m in a personal best of 20.89sec.
With three gold and one bronze The Bahamas finished in fourth place, behind The USA, Kenya, and Jamaica on the medal table. Without a doubt this performance is among the greatest ever by a Bahamian Track and Field Team in history. The only one that matches in terms of medals is the 2001 World Championships Team performance in Edmonton where Avard Moncur won the 400m gold, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie won the 200m Silver and was elevated to the Gold after Marion Jones was stripped due to doping, the men’s 4x400m relay finished in second but was elevated to gold and Chandra Sturrup finished fourth and was elevated to bronze, also for doping.
If there was ever a time that sports plays a role in nation building, it is now. Our athletes have given the country an Independence gift we will not soon forget.
Second to Newbold was O’Dail Todd of Jamaica who won the 100m. He clocked a personal best of 21.00sec.
Newbold won his semi-final heat in 21.08sec yesterday, compared to Todd’s 21.02sec.
At last year’s Carifta Games Newbold set a new Carifta record for the 400m hurdles. At the World Junior Championships he decided to switch to the open 400m. Everybody thought he would have been running that after winning a bronze medal at this year’s Carifta Games. He switched again, this time to the 200m. His coach David Charlton explained that he had a better chance of winning a medal in the 200m, compared to the 400m.
Newbold did not just win a medal but the Gold!
Stephen Newbold and Latario Collie-Minns Photo: Kermit Taylor / Bahamas Athletics
Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns twin brothers had been ranked first and second in the world as youths since their performances at the Scotiabbank National High School Track and Field Championships. Latario had injured himself shortly after his brilliant performance and was unable to participate in the Carifta Games. Healed and back in top form, Latario returned and on Saturday was able to capture the Gold medal with a 16.06m jump. Twin brother Lathone jumped 15.51m to join his brother on the podium for the Bronze.
This is the first time in history that two Bahamians have won medals in the same event at the world level. It is definitely the first time that it has been done by twins.
Also yesterday Carmiesha Cox of Aquinas College ran 23.99sec in the 200m semi-final to place 4th. She did not advance to the final.
In the medley relays qualification the Bahamas had mixed blessings yesterday. The women’s team of Gregria Higgs running the 100m, Carmiesh Cox, the 200m, Devynne Charlton, the 300m, and Pedrya Seymour, the 400m finished in 4th in their semi-final heat in 2:11.11 and did not advance.
In the men’s race Anthony Adderley ran the 100m, Delano Davis the 200m, Stephen Newbold the 300m, and Andre Wells the 400m. They finished second to Japan in 1:52.66. The USA ran 1:51.33 for the best in the semi-final.
Today in the last event of the Championships, The Bahamas finished in fifth with a time of 1:52.51. The USA won in a 1:49.47 clocking, The Jamaican team did not show.
Not to be forgotten is the sixth place finish of Andre Wells of Bishop Michael Eldon High in Grand Bahama.
The team’s slogan given by Bishop Arnold Josey was “Show Them”!
Photo: Kermit Taylor / Bahamas Athletics
The medal placing in the World Youth is as follows:
Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 6 4 6 16
2 Kenya 5 5 4 14
3 Jamaica 4 1 4 9
4 Bahamas 3 0 1 4
5 China 2 4 1 7
6 Ethiopia 2 2 1 5
6 S. Africa 2 2 1 5
8 G. Britain 2 1 2 5
8 Russia 2 1 2 5
10 Cuba 2 1 1 4
25 Colombia 0 1 0 1
30 Mexico 0 0 1 1
This success for the Bahamian Youth Track and Field program is the result of the efforts of numerous stakeholders who include:
Parents; Dedicated Coaches; Schools; Clubs; The Bahamas Government; Fans; Financial Supporters including Government, Corporate, Individuals; And last but not least, The Media.
The Bahamas Association has the responsibility of coordination everything and everybody to ensure the success we enjoy today. For this we thank our stakeholders and look forward to their increased support as we seek success in the coming competitions this season and next year’s World Junior Championships and Olympic Games.
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