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Super Scraders strikes gold

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The curtains came down on the 42nd Carifta Games in Bahamas yesterday.

But not before Bermuda’s Kyrah Scraders and Juma Mouchette took their rightful places on the podium at the Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau.

Scraders saved her best for last to capture the gold medal in the Under-17 girls’ 800 meters while Mouchette ran a clever race to grab the bronze medal in the Under-20 boys 5,000 meters.

Scraders broke the tape in a personal best time of 2:11.62 while Mouchette crossed the line in 16:59.09 respectively after making up considerable ground to claim a place on the podium.

Scraders’ triumph was sweet revenge as she beat Guyana’s Cassey George who she finished runner up to in the Under-17 girls’ 1500 meters to claim the silver medal at the weekend.

Mouchette would have also been satisfied with his performance which compensated for a disappointing showing in the 1500 meters.

National distance running coach Mike Watson was among those singing the dynamic duo’s praises yesterday.

“I thought Kyrah proved herself to be the number one 800 metre runner in the region as she’s done in the past in her age bracket,” he said. “She definitely stepped up to the plate as expected while Juma certainly decided to hang in there and get a medal in his last Carifta Games.”

Narrowly missing out on a place on the podium were Michaiah Robinson and Dage Minors.

Robinson (2:01.38) finished fourth in the Under-17 boys’ 800 metres final while Minors (1:55.62) was fourth in the Under-20 boys 800 metres final.

“Overall I thought the distance runners fared fairly well as usual,” Watson added. “That’s where most of the medals came from.”

Watson believes Bermuda’s distance runners might have come away with even more success had some of them deployed different race tactics on the track.

“I was a little disappointed with the tactics of some of the distance races,” he said. “I thought some of those distance runners were capable of placing higher but overall I was pleased.”

Also narrowly missing out on a medal yesterday was triple jumper Justin Donawa who finished tied for fourth with Jamaica’s Demar Robinson with a best jump of 14.92 metres in the Under-20 boys’ category.

Donawa won the gold medal in the Under-17 boys’ triple jump at last year’s Carifta Games at the National Sports Centre.

In total, Bermuda earned five medals at this year’s regional junior championships, one fewer than the six they earned at the previous Games on local soil.

Others claiming medals were Sakari Famous who won silver in the Under-17 girls’ high jump with a leap of 1.65 metres and distance runner Zakiyyah Showers who won the bronze as an unqualified runner in the Under-17 girls’ 3000 metres in a time of 11:30.06.

Scraders (far right) has won a gold medal in the Under-17 girls’ 800 metres at the Carifta Games in Bahamas.
Photo by Akil Simmons Juma Mouchette claimed bronze in the boys' Under-20 5,000 metres.

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Published April 02, 2013 at 10:58 pm (Updated April 02, 2013 at 10:58 pm)

Super Scraders strikes gold

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