Dowdye and Joseph Win Medals at Whitsuntide Games

Athletes Geolyna Dowdye (right) and Cleon Joseph (left) celebrate their success at the Whitsuntide Games in Grenada by flying the Antigua and Barbuda flag. Members of team Antigua and Barbuda as they prepared to fly to Grenada for the Whitsuntide Games.
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By Neto Baptiste

Antigua and Barbuda grabbed a total of four medals at the annual Whitsuntide Games held in Grenada over the Whit weekend, claiming two gold, one silver and a bronze.

Sprinter Geolyna Dowdye of the Phoenix Track Club led the charge with two gold medals, winning her first on Saturday’s opening day before returning on Sunday to capture her second in the track and field competition.

Dowdye, competing in the under-20 division of the girls’ 200 meters on Saturday, clocked 11.79 second to claim the gold medal. The rising star had earlier registered a time of 11.72s to win her preliminary run and advance to the final.

The Princess Margaret School (PMS) student returned on Sunday to win her second gold medal, clocking a time of 24.17 seconds in the 200 meters final. Dowdy had won both the 100 and 200 sprints in the under-17 division last year.

Meanwhile, there was a silver and a bronze for Cleon Joseph, as the Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS) student claimed bronze in the boys’ under-17 division of the 200 meters on Saturday, clocking a time of 22.13 seconds.

Joseph, who hails from the Wings Sports Club, returned on Sunday to win silver in the boys’ 100 meters with a time of 10.99 seconds. Juda Ashe, also from the Phoenix Track Club, also competed in the under-17 final, finishing fifth in a time of 11.43 seconds.

Also, Janisha Spencer clocked 12.74 seconds in the under-20 girls’ 100 meters preliminary but finished outside the top three in the final.

The team comprised Geolyna Dowdye, Juda Ashe and Janisha Spencer all of the Phoenix Track Club alongside Cleon Joseph of the Wings Sports Club. The team was coached by Kesswin Anthony.

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