A disqualification gave the St. Vincent and the Grenadines relay quartet of Annicea Richards, Shafiqua Maloney, Zita Vincent, and Tamara Woodley in a time of 3 minutes 48.24 seconds, won the Girls Under-20 4X400-metre relay gold, followed by Guyana in 3 minutes 54.38 seconds, and St. Kitts and Nevis in 4 minutes, 00.53 seconds took the bronze medal.
That disqualification of the Girls’ Under-20 4×400-metre relay team ruined a clean sweep of the relays for Jamaica.
The Jamaican quartet of Janielle Josephs, Charokee Young, Sanique Walker and Shiann Salmon won very easily, but had their numbers taken down shortly in breach of IAAF Rule 170.6c, which speaks to “baton dropped not recovered by athlete who dropped it / lessen distance to be covered /not return to drop point.”
The exchange between Walker on the third leg and Salmon on the final leg resulted in Walker dropping the baton. However, Salmon picked up the baton from the track and then powered home for the victory.
Hosts Bahamas, which finished second, was promoted to the gold medal in 3 minutes 41.63 seconds, but hours later were disqualified allowing St Vincent and the Grenadines, which had finished third, to be promoted to first and the gold medal in 3 minutes 48.24.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Handel Roban also won gold in the Boys Under-17 800-metre in 1 minute 56.83 seconds, with J’Voughan Blake of Jamaica taking silver in 1 minute 57.64 seconds, and Giovani Henry also of Jamaica winning the bronze in 1 minute 58.32 seconds.
At the 47th Carifta Games in the Bahamas, at the end of the three-day competition, Jamaica topped the overall table with a total of 82 medals (44 gold, 27 silver and 11 bronze), followed by host the Bahamas in second place with 35 medals (6 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze).
Trinidad and Tobago was third with 17 medals (4 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze), followed in fourth position by Barbados with 13 medals (3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in fifth position.