Nairn’s fifth place finish led Team Bahamas at World Youth
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 15, 2013
Members of Team Bahamas turned in a number of personal and season best performances at the 8th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships, which wrapped up yesterday in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Just missing out on a medal was high jumper Laquan Nairn who had the highest individual finish for The Bahamas. He finished fifth in the boys’ high jump with a personal best clearance of 2.16 meters (m) – 7’ 1”. Nairn and Jamaica’s Christoff Bryan were the only competitors representing the Caribbean region. Bryan won the bronze medal, clearing the same height as Nairn but fared better due to fewer knockdowns.
Running a personal best in the 200m was Loushanya Neymour, who ran out of heat three. Neymour’s time was 25.08 seconds. She finished fifth in that heat and didn’t advance. Jenae Ambrose moved onto the semi-finals of the half-lap event after clocking 24.40 seconds in heat seven. She placed third in that heat. Coming in third in his boys’ 200m heat was Ian Kerr in 21.68 seconds. Kerr, along with Janeko Cartwright moved on to the semi-finals, held on Saturday. Cartwright’s time was 21.57 seconds. That mark gave him the win in heat six of the event.
In the semi-finals, Ambrose was sixth in heat two in 25.05 seconds. She did not advance. Kerr came in fifth, in his heat in 21.91 seconds and Cartwright was unable to finish his race.
Also competing on Saturday was Denzel Pratt who qualified for the final of the javelin with a throw of 70.88m (232’ 6”). The measurement is a new personal best mark for Pratt who moved on with the fifth best throw in Group ‘A’. On Sunday, he threw 64.20m (210’ 7”) for an 11th place finish.
Kaiwan Culmer recorded a personal best mark in the triple jump, landing 14.96m (50’) for a ninth place finish in the qualifiers. He did not move on to the final. Xavier Coakley missed out on advancing to final of the 110m hurdles when he placed sixth in heat three, of the semi-finals. His time was 13.93 seconds.
In a season’s best time, the female relay team came in fifth in their sprint medley heat. Their time of 2:13.63 was not fast enough to move them through to the final. The men, however, posted 1:53.38 for second in heat two and secured a spot in the final. The qualifying time was a season’s best. The quartet lowered that opening round time, running 1:52.97 in the final on Sunday to finish fifth.
Jamaica closed the championships in first place in the medal count, capturing the most gold medals. They won six gold and two bronze. Kenya had 11 medals – four gold, three silver and four bronze – and Ethiopia had three gold, three silver and two bronze. The United States of America was fifth overall with two gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals. The United States led the point standings though. Other Caribbean countries capturing medals were Barbados and the British Virgin Islands. Both countries closed with one medal each.
The Bahamas finished in a four-way tie for 36th at the meet with eight points, courtesy of two fifth place finishes. More than 1,532 athletes from 165 countries participated in the global championships.