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Athletes to get another shot at Carifta qualification

Medal haul: Jake Smith, left, Amaris Munya and Max Reid with medals they won at the Speed Capital meet in Florida (Photograph supplied by Warwick Academy)

Bermudian athletes will get another opportunity to qualify for the Carifta Games at the Flora Duffy Stadium this weekend.

The island sent 16 athletes to the Speed Capital meet in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday but while the contingent picked up a total of 19 medals, Carifta qualification times continues to elude them.

With 12 athletes considered close to qualifying, the Bermuda National Athletics Association has arranged for two days of races at the Flora Duffy Stadium on Saturday to give them a final chance of qualifying for the Games, which take place at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium in Grenada from March 30 to April 1.

Florida medal-winners Azari Jones, Seer Carey, Saniya Place, Luca Bortoli, Pria Wilson, Lashee Jones, Tajahri Rogers, Jayson Simons, Jake Smith, Simeon Hayward, Jauza James and I’aura Golding will be in action as they attempt to join a squad already consisting of Jaeda Grant, Elise Dickinson, Arima Turner, Jake Brislane, Kyah Richardson, Denver Tucker, Cameron Adkins, Miles Outerbridge and Noree Robinson .

Last year, Bermuda sent a team of 31 athletes to represent the island in Nassau, Bahamas, with the team winning five medals, an improvement from the three won in Jamaica in 2022.

Evans expects more athletes to reach the required standard by the deadline of March 17.

“We’ll be running Saturday and Sunday, and everybody who’s trying to qualify will be running this weekend,’’ Evans said.

“On Saturday, during the Skyport Mile we’re going to run 100 and 400 metres. On Sunday, we’re running 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres in order to try to get people to qualify.

“With good weather this weekend I expect all those who are near qualification to be on the team.

“There’s a chance that those who don’t qualify but have put in the effort and are really close might be added to the team on coach’s recommendations.”

Evans was impressid the quality displayed by the athletes in Florida despite testing conditions.

“The athletes gave their best effort despite the terrible weather conditions,’’ Evans said.

“It was very windy and it was a slow track, so it wasn't really conducive to run fast.”

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Published March 01, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated March 01, 2024 at 7:56 am)

Athletes to get another shot at Carifta qualification

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