Bermudian triple jumper Akeila Richardson narrowly missed out on a podium place. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
SATURDAY, APRIL 7: Bermudian triple jumper Akeila Richardson narrowly missed out on a podium place after notching up bronze medals in the last two CARIFTA events.
Ms Richardson’s jump of 11 metres was not enough to put her in the top three and could only manage fourth.
Fellow Bermudian Keunna Dill came in just behind her in fifth spot in the Girls’ Under-20s Triple Jump.
A disappointed Ms Richardson said the windy and wet weather conditions had not helped her bid to medal at the games.
She added: “I was hoping to do better. I had some good jumps earlier on, but unfortunately they were fouls.
“That threw me off my focus a littled bit – I was just trying to jump as far as I could. Sadly, it wasn’t enough for me to finish on the podium.”
But Aiyetoro Hinds is in the running for a medal after qualifying for the final of the Boys’ Under-17 400 metre dash with a fourth place in his heats and a time of 1m 54.62 seconds. He finished eighth overall.
The island’s Antonio Thomas finished fifth in his heat of the same competion with a time of 56.8 seconds and failed to qualify for the final.
It was a disappointing morning for Bermuda’s athletes, although Bermuda Track and Field Association chief Donna Watson said Bermuda’s strengths were not in the shorter distances run in the morning.
And she predicted the island would do better this afternoon as longer distance events like the 1500m were run.
Runner Azaire Smith managed a fifth spot with a time of 1m 20.27 secs in the heats for the Girls’ Under-17 400 metre dash, finishing ninth overall.
Jacquan Hatherley of Bermuda finished last in the final of the Under-17 Shot Put with a throw of 11.28m.