Shaquille Dill added a silver medal to the two previous CARIFTA silvers he won in 2010 and 2011. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Shaquille Dill added a silver medal to the two previous CARIFTA silvers he won in 2010 and 2011. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
SUNDAY, APRIL 8: Bermuda star athlete Shaquille Dill battled his way to a silver medal in a keenly contested 800 metres race tonight.

The 18-year-old won a medal despite spending much of the season on the sidelines through injury.

Mr Dill added the silver to the two previous CARIFTA silvers he won in 2010 and 2011.

He said after the race: "I was in training consistently for only two or three weeks before the competition.

"The rest of the season was on and off because I had an injury. I'm pretty pleased - more surprised than pleased, really.

"It's disappointing to miss out on a gold, but I'm aiming for the World Juniors and I'll just take it from there."

Mr Dill came in just fractions of a second behind Under 20 Boys' 800 metres winner Mark London, of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Dill finished in 1m 55.91secs, behind Mr London, who took gold with a time of 1m 55.65 secs.

The bronze medal was listed on the official results as going to Andre Colebrooke, from the Bahamas, with a time of 1m 56.66secs.

But it was Alex Saunders of Jamaica, who had been listed as disqualified, who stepped up to the podium to get the bronze.

Jamaican fans booed as Mr Saunders was forced to wait as the silver and gold were presented before his medal - although organisers eventually handed it over.

Organisers were not available to explain the confusion.

Mr Dill is trained by former national team coach Gerry Swan. He has already won a gold at the CAC Junior Championships in 2010.

He ran the fastest 800m time by a Bermudian junior athlete in the history of the Bermuda Track and Field Association in 2011.

The time qualifies him to run in the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, to be held in Barcelona, Spain.