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Power failure costs Miles Outerbridge Carifta qualification

Timing issues: Miles Outerbridge was denied qualifying for the Carfita Games after a power failure meant his winning 100-metre time could not be officially ratified (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A power outage at Flora Duffy Stadium cost young sprinter Miles Outerbridge his chance to be the fourth Bermudian athlete to qualify for the Carifta Games.

Competing in the men’s under-17 100 metres, Outerbridge crossed the line on Saturday in a winning time of 11.13sec, comfortably inside the qualifying standard of 11.20.

However, Freddie Evans, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president, explained his time could not be officially verified to Carifta standards as a result of the power failure.

“Unfortunately we had a power outage during the meet and so Miles' race was hand timed, which is not permissible for Carifta submission,” said Evans.

Despite the disappointment, Evans has backed Outerbridge to repeat his efforts as part of a nine-member travelling team, alongside J’auza James, Jaeda Grant, Fenella Wightman, Azri Jones, Maya Bean, Lashee Jones, Saniya Jones, Pria Wilson, I'Aura Golding and Amaris Munya, who will be competing at the Speed Capital meet in Davey, Florida on February 25.

“Miles is on track to run well below the standard and hopefully that will happen when he and his some of his team-mates travel to the Speed Capital meet in Florida.”

While there were officially no Carifta standards met throughout the meet, there was a host of encouraging performances across the disciplines at varying age categories.

Wilson’s winning time in the women’s under-17 100m of 12.50, saw her fall narrowly short of the 12:35 qualification standard, while she also came close in the 200m, winning in 26.29, shy of the 25.25 required.

There was also a promising performance from Tobiah Goodchild in the men’s under-17 800m, claiming victory in 2:24.30, a little more than a second outside the qualifying time of 2:23.

Shayla Cann was also not too far off the women’s under-20 standard of 2:16 over the same distance, winning her race in 2:20.22.

So far three athletes have booked their places at the 50th Carifta games in Nassau Bahamas in April, ahead of the qualification deadline date of March 10.

Grant became the island’s first athlete to qualify in the 1,500 metres in December, followed by Elise Dickinson, who reached the 200 metres standard, with Cameron Adkins the last to do so in the 3000 metres at the end of last month.

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Published February 14, 2023 at 7:36 am (Updated February 14, 2023 at 7:36 am)

Power failure costs Miles Outerbridge Carifta qualification

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