Carifta athletes share experience after games

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Carifta Games medalists, Soniya Jones and Taeco O’Garro have both expressed delight and disappointment over recent results at the just-concluded junior regional track and field event held in the Bahamas over the weekend.
Jones won bronze in the 100 metres finals with a personal best of 11:75 seconds, while O’Garro finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 15.38 metres, also a personal best.
Jones, a first-timer at the games, said nervousness got the better of her but she was pleased with her efforts in the end.
“I was nervous, that’s the first thing, and at first I didn’t expect it so I was happy and surprised,” she said.
Jones was beaten to the finish by Jamaica’s Briana Williams in a time of 11.27 seconds and Jaida Knowles of the Bahamas who clocked 11.68 in the silver medal position.
Meanwhile, O’Garro said his sights were set on a more prestigious piece of metal.
“I expected to come home with a gold this year but it didn’t work out as planned. I got the same medal as last year, which is bronze, and I lost to the same two competitors from last year. I just couldn’t get to put in the amount of training I would have liked to have put in because of the surface of the track. We couldn’t get to put in the amount of pressure we wanted to put in, so we could excel quicker and better, and I was out for at least two or three weeks with injuries for the season so far,” O’Garro said.
Long distance runner, Kalique St. Jean, who just missed medals in the 1500 and 5000 metres events when he finished fourth and fifth respectively, blamed himself for not following his coach’s instructions.
“I executed my races badly because I was trying to follow my coach’s orders, but I disobeyed. I was supposed to run my race a little more tactical like being more at the front and and not running in lane two and so forth, but I did not listen,” the athlete said.
Antigua and Barbuda finished at the bottom of the table with two medals. Meanwhile, Hailey Derrick was the country’s lone medalist at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Jamaica, winning bronze in the 400 metres butterfly with a time of 4 minutes and 55 seconds (4:55.96).

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