Yorke splashes fly treble gold
Kael Yorke continued his impressive CARIFTA meet in Bahamas by winning gold on Monday evening in the 200 metre butterfly in a personal best 2:09.98. Yorke won ahead of Luis Sebastian Weekes of Barbados (2:11.18) and John Bodden of Cayman Islands (2:11.42). The 15-17 swimmer has won the 50, 100 and 200 fly in this meet, […]
Kael Yorke continued his impressive CARIFTA meet in Bahamas by winning gold on Monday evening in the 200 metre butterfly in a personal best 2:09.98.
Yorke won ahead of Luis Sebastian Weekes of Barbados (2:11.18) and John Bodden of Cayman Islands (2:11.42). The 15-17 swimmer has won the 50, 100 and 200 fly in this meet, a feat which he also accomplished in 2015. He also was 8th in the 100m freestyle (53.90).
In addition to Yorke’s victory, two other swimmers mounted the top of the medal rostrum in the 200m butterfly. In the 13-14 girls Jahmia Harley stopped the clock on a personal best 2:31.18 to win gold ahead of the Guadeloupe duo of Lucia Francois (2:33.62) and Anouk Kamoise (2:34.48). Jada Chatoor was 5th in 2:40.17. Jae Hwa Lee Wing missed out on precious metal placing 4th in the 13-14 male event in a personal best 2:25.93.
Jada Chai won the 15-17 girls event in 2:30.75 with compatriot Vrisnelit Faure taking silver in 2:31.59, with both athletes achieving personal bests. Albury Higgs of the Bahamas was 3rd (2:31.85). 11- 12 boys Zarek Wilson (2:39.58) and Riquelio Joseph (2:55.18) placed 4th and 8th respectively in their 200 fly race.
Gabriela Donahue continued a golden form winning her fourth individual gold of the meet. The victrix in the 13-14 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 200m breaststroke, added the 50m breast to the list winning gold in a new national record of 34.31 smashing her old record of 35.29. She just missed the CARIFTA record of 34.29. The silver medal went ot Will-Insha Marie Jules-Marthe of Martinique (34.35) with Guadeloupe’s Farah Sheikboudhou (35.19) winning bronze.
After a silver in the 50 fly on Sunday, and a silver in the 2016 15-17 CARIFTA 50 breast, Jeron Thompson splashed gold on Monday evening in the 15-17 50 breast in 29.23 seconds. Thompson edged the Bahamian Izaak Bastian into second (29.39), with Allan Badian of Martinique winning the bronze (30.10). T & T’s Luke Gillette was 7th in 31.06. Riquelio Joseph placed 4th in the 11-12 male 50 breast in a personal best 34.95 with compatriot Kyle West placing 6th (35.24). Amira Pilgrim (35.64) and Ileana Bocage (36.69) contributed vital points to T & T as they placed 6th and 8th respectively in the 15-17 girls 50 breast.
T & T’s 13-14’s golden girls of Jada Chatoor, Regan Allen, Gabriela Donahue and Jahmia Harley won the 800 free relay in 9:04.15 comfortably ahead of Cayman Islands (9:09.35) and Guadeloupe (9:10.23). These girls continue to the impress each athlete has now won at least one individual medal and it is the only T & T age group that has won a relay medal in every swim. They will seek to win their 3rd consecutive relay tonight in the 4 x 50 free. T & T’s 13-14 boys (8:51.70), 15-17 boys (8:12.59) and 15-17 girls (9:27.82) place 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in their 800 free relays. The 11-12 mixed freestyle relay was 8th.
Despite the impressive performance Team TTO slipped to 4th on the overall standings with 455.5 points. However with one day to go the team has already surpassed their 2016 score of 437.5. The meet concludes today with the 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and the 200 freestyle relays.