Othman books ticket to Carifta
A third high jumper qualified for the Carifta Games last weekend as two more athletes met the standards during a meet at the National Stadium.
Amelia Othman, competing in the under-17 girls’ high jump, achieved the mark of 1.55 metres with a leap of 1.60.
Johndell Cumberbatch reached the standard of 17 minutes in the 5,000 metres with four seconds to spare after recording a time of 16min 55.56sec. He was the only competitor in the race.
Cumberbatch and Othman also qualified for Carifta last year, Cumberbatch in the 3,000 and Othman in the high jump, although she was too young to compete. The pair join qualifiers Ashley Irby, under-17 girls’ 1,500, Sakari Famous, under-20 girls’ high jump, and Elisha Darrell, under-20 boys’ high jump.
Three other athletes went close to achieving the qualifying mark of 9:45 for the under-17 3,000. Nicholas Pilgrim was the closest with a time of 9:49.29, while Ryan Outerbridge was second in 9:49.44 and Tommy Marshall third in 9:55.15.
“There are several track meets before the final qualifier and we are hoping to have a team of around ten to 15 athletes, as there are still a few promising athletes who can make the standard,” Donna Raynor, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president, said.
Another meet is scheduled for Saturday, hosted by Flyers Track Club.
The Carifta Games will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, from March 30 to April 2.
Bermuda has bid to host the 2020 Games and will discover whether the island has been successful during the Congress meeting on the Sunday of the upcoming competition.
Curaçao has also bid for the annual event.
Bermuda previously hosted Carifta in 2012, winning six medals, including a first gold in eight years when Justin Donawa won the triple jump.
The island claimed two medals from the Games in Curaçao last year when Sakari Famous and Tiara DeRosa won bronze in the high jump and discus.
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