Jamaica continue Carifta domination
Jamaica continue to dominate the Carifta Games, though they fell slightly short of their lofty standards in the medal tables at the recent 42nd Games held at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.
Jamaica finished the games with 69 medals — down from 78 the previous year in Bermuda — with 29 gold, 25 silver and 15 bronze which placed them well ahead of the 40 medal haul by hosts Bahamas who won 31 medals in 2012. Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados again completed the top four countries, both winning 20 medals.
Jamaica have finished as the top country at the Carifta Games since 1985, 29 consecutive years that they have finished top of the medals table, winning a total of 1,559 medals since 1990. Bahamas have won 575 in that time and Trinidad and Tobago 560 medals. Bermuda, who won four medals in Bahamas, have brought home 97 medals (22 gold, 35 silver and 40 bronze) since 1990.
Bermuda held the distinction of being the top country at the Carifta Games once 1975 on home soil — with sprinter Debbie Jones being the first winner of the Austin Sealy award for top athlete in 1977.
The oldest Carifta record in the books (at least for events still being contested in the modern Games), belongs to a Bermudian, Sonya Smith, whose Under-20 javelin throw of 53.98 metres has been on the books since 1979. The oldest boys' record is 15.03 metres, the winning distance for Lyndon Sands of the Bahamas in the 1980 Under-17 Triple Jump.
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