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Super Scraders in double gold glory

Kyrah Scraders struck double gold at the CAC Junior Championships in Morelia, Mexico.

Scraders reaffirmed her reputation as Bermuda's most exciting young track athlete by winning the 14 to 17 girls' junior B 800 metres — her signature event — in a time of 2min 14sec.

The 17-year-old also claimed victory in the 400 with a personal best of 55.55, which was made all the more impressive considering that she does not specialise in that distance.

Scraders, who also claimed two gold medals at the 2012 CAC Juniors Championships in El Salvador, in the 800 and 1,500, will represent Bermuda at the World Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, next month.

Donna Watson, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president, said that she was “in awe” of Scraders, who narrowly missed the qualifying standard in the 400 for this month's World Junior Championships in Oregan.

“It wasn't surprising that Kyrah won gold in the 800, although it wasn't the time we hoped to qualify her for World Junior Championships,” Watson said. “She will, however, be travelling to Oregon [where the Games will be held] to participate in a camp prior to the Youth Olympics. We're all in awe of her gold medal win in the 400, which is not her main event. What an athlete!”

Also among the medals for Bermuda in Morelia were Kyle Webb, who finished third in the 18 to 19 boys' A 100 in a time of 10.55, and Jah-Nhai Perinchief, who claimed bronze in the boys' 14 to 17 high jump with a leap of 2.02. Webb set a national junior 100 record to qualify for the finals in 10.54.

Bermuda's other athletes at the Championships included Dage Minors, who finished eighth in the 18 to 19 boys' 800 in 2:00.03, and Sakari Famous, who placed fourth in the 14 to 17 girls' high jump, clearing 1.63.

In the boys' 18 to 19 long jump, Bruce DeGrilla came eighth with a leap of 6.87, while Chas Smith finished ninth, jumping 6.71.

Watson added: “I'm very proud of the team bringing back four medals. Kyle Webb placed third in the 100, breaking the Bermuda junior record, which puts him in a good place as he prepares for the World Junior Championships.

“Jah-Nhai winning the bronze puts him in a good position as he prepares for the Youth Olympic Games.”

Watson revealed that Kionje Somner, who competes in the 200, would be joining Scraders and Perinchief at the World Youth Olympics.

Bermuda finished seventh in the medal table. Jamaica were the leading Caribbean Island in second place with Mexico the runaway leaders.

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Published July 07, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 07, 2014 at 12:38 am)

Super Scraders in double gold glory

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