A&B Secures Eight Gold and Nine Silver Medals, Lloyd Qualifies For Worlds

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The contingent had a dominant performance in Martinique
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by Carlena Knight

Antigua and Barbuda won eight gold medals and nine silver at the Friendship Invitational Games in Martinique.

Carifta Games U17 100m gold medallist Dwanye Fleming continued his winning ways, claiming the top prize in the boys 100m event in a time of 10.77 seconds.

Fleming defeated Ylann Bizasene (11.00) and Thomas Saint-Cyr (11.34), both of Martinique, to take the title.

Fleming also won gold in the 200m in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Geolyna Dowdy secured the second gold medal in the girls’ equivalent in a time of 12.04 seconds, ahead of Martinique’s Myrlia Matoute and Marie-myriam Duranty who finished second and third respectively in times of 12.28 seconds and 12.39 seconds.

Dowdy also won silver in the 200m in a time of 21.31 seconds.

Another gold medal for Antigua and Barbuda would come in the boys U17 400m as Osei Gardner blazed past his opponents in a time of 50.20 seconds.

Martinique’s Farfadet Pierre-Louis was second (50.44) and Jermahd Huggins of St Kitts and Nevis was third (52.32).

Gardner also claimed a silver medal in the boys 200m.

The team of Cleon Joseph, Dwanye Fleming, Kasiya Daley and Osei Gardner won gold in the boys U17 4X100m.

Meanwhile, Carifta Games U20 triple jump bronze medallist Alyssa Dyett added some more silverware to her pantry, this time in the girls 100m event.

Dyett snatched a silver medal in the sprint in a time of 11.96 seconds and was only bettered by Martinique’s Laure-Anne Faleme’s 11.91 seconds.

Alex Deau was third.

Zody Roberts joined Dyett winning silver in the boys 100m, while Mia McIntosh won silver in the girls 200m and 400m.

Roberts ran a time of 10.77 seconds while McIntosh recorded a 56.83-second time.

The team of Mia McIntosh, Dwayne Fleming, Alyssa Dyett and Osei Gardner won silver in the 4x400m mixed relay.

Meanwhile, national record holder and University of Tennessee graduate, Joella Lloyd,ran a personal best of 22.79 seconds to improve her own 200m national record and become the first female qualifier for the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The Lady Vols standout, who recently graduated, placed second in Heat 4 of the Women’s 200m at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries on Thursday, booking her a place in the semi-finals.

The time puts her to number four of all time for her school, and the first Antiguan woman to break the 23-second barrier.

Ranking seventh of the 24 semi-finalists, Lloyd will look to cement a spot in the finals to gain First Team All American Honours and NCAA qualification.

“I was happy when I first saw the time on the screen but it didn’t click until my teammates were saying that I qualified for Worlds that it really registered. I was happy as well that I got the standard,” Lloyd told Observer.

Earlier in the day, she ran an easy 11.32 for second place in her heat in the 100m. This position also puts her into the semi-finals of the 100m, ranking in the 10th position.

She bettered that time on Saturday in the women’s quarterfinals in a time of 11.24 seconds, her season’s best. The top 12 from the East and top 12 from the West Prelims will automatically advance to the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships to be held at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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