Dutranoit lands gold on final day
Bermuda finished their Carifta Games campaign with a bang after doubling their overall medal haul on the final day of the regional event at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman yesterday.
Isabelle Dutranoit led the island’s late charge by winning a gold medal in the women’s open 3,000 metres with a time of 10min 21.63sec.
Nathan Armstrong earned his second medal after claiming silver in the under-17 boys 3,000 in time of 9:13.13.
Also making the podium was the team of Caitlyn Bobb, Keturah Bulford-Trott, Sanaa Rae Morris and Za’Kayza Parsons after winning bronze in the under-17 girls 4x100 relay, the island’s first Carifta relay medal in more than three decades. Their time was 47:47.
Bermuda earned a total of six medals, five more than the one they achieved at the Games in Bahamas last year.
Bobb, Nirobi Smith-Mills and Armstrong accounted for the island’s other medals.
Bobb won gold in the under-17 400 in a personal best time of 53.69 while Smith-Mills claimed gold in the under-17 800 in 1:57.95. Armstrong won bronze in the under-17 1,500 in a personal best time of 4:11.57.
Bobb said she always felt confident of winning a medal in the 400.
“My expectations were to at least get top three,” she said. “My dad and I did some research last year on the Carifta placings and how people ran 53 and 54, so I just tried to go PR just to get a 53 or 52.
“My game plan was to go out fast and try and maintain the speed because there was no time to wind down to get back at the end.
“It panned out OK. I wanted a better time, but I really didn’t expect to get first. A gold is gold so I’ll try again next year for a better time.”
Smith-Mills also got more than he bargained for in the 800.
“I was not actually looking to win a medal,” he said. “I was really just going in there trying to look for a time and see what I could do against the opposition.
“I wanted to try and get out in front of the pack, make sure I wasn’t stuck in with everyone else and maintain it throughout the first 400. I knew it was going to come down to a sprint finish and knew I had the legs, so I just had to maintain to the last 150 and kick.
“I wasn’t actually going to run in the front but things in the 800 happen so quickly, so when the runner from St Vincent and Grenadines went, I had to go with him.
“At first it didn’t really work out, but it slowly turned out to be a better plan for me.”
Armstrong was equally as surprised to claim a spot on the podium in the 1,500.
“I didn’t really expect a medal, but I really wanted to, so I guess that’s how I got it,” he said.
“I didn’t really have a game plan, with it being my first time actually running the 1,500. I knew if I stuck with the front pack for most of the race the last lap I could outkick them to get the third place.”
Bermuda will host the Carifta Games next year.