Twins sparkle in shot put in Bahamas
Twin sisters Kisaye and Kesay Bell left their mark on the Star Performers Track and Field Classic in Nassau, Bahamas, last weekend.
The 14-year-old CedarBridge Academy students dominated the under-17 girls' shot put event, with Kisaye's throw of 9.94 metres earning her the gold medal and Kesay's effort of 9.78 the silver at the Bahamas National Stadium.
“I was shocked because my sister is better than me at shot put,” Kisaye said. “I have never come first like that before because it's always [Kesay]. It was a really big shock to me and I was really proud of myself.”
Kesay said it felt “weird” finishing behind her sister.
“I was like, ‘Hmmm' because I am not used to coming after my sister,” she said. “I am always first, so it kind of feels weird. I am still proud of my sister for coming first and also throwing her personal best.”
If it was any consolation, Kesay also won silver in the javelin with a throw of 27.10.
“My throwing was a little iffy but I still managed to place, and that's the good thing about it,” Kesay said.
The twins were accompanied in Bahamas by Terry-Lynn Paynter, the national throwing coach, who believes the siblings have a bright future ahead of them.
“If they stick with it they will definitely challenge for podiums in the near future, but it's all up to them,” Paynter said.
“They have to want it and have to put in the work and if they do then they should be OK.”
The twins were among a team of 16 athletes that the Bermuda National Athletics Association sent to the event in hopes of meeting qualifying standards for the Carifta Games, which Bermuda is hosting.
Although they came up short of reaching the qualifying standard in Bahamas, the siblings are confident they will achieve before the Carifta qualification deadline on March 15.
“I feel that I can make it but I just have keep working harder,” Kisaye said. Kesay added: “I didn't qualify but I guarantee you next time I will qualify.”
Kahzi Sealey (under-17 boys' 1,500), Sancho Smith (under-17 boys' 800) and Eleanor Richmond (under-17 girls' javelin) all achieved qualifying standards at the meet where Bermuda's athletes secured 16 medals.
The Carifta Games will be held in Bermuda in April.