CARIFTA Games Medals For St. Kitts – Nevis
The St Kitts and Nevis team secured four medals, including one gold, two silver, and one bronze, at the 50th CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas. Akanye Samuel Francis won gold, while Jaylen Bennett and Jahzara Claxton won silver, and De’Cheynelle Thomas won bronze.
In the 400m U-17 Boys Hurdles Finals, Akanye Samuel Francis won the first gold medal for St Kitts and Nevis at the 50th CARIFTA Games 2023. A decorated athlete, he was determined to win gold after placing fifth at last year’s games. Samuel Francis, a footballer and track star, is a student at Basseterre High School, home of The BHS Daily Storm. At the recently concluded TDC Interschool Championships, he set new records in the 300mh and 80mh events.
Samuel-Francis continued his impressive performance at the 50th CARIFTA Event in the Bahamas, winning first place in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 54.14s. Jahzara Claxton, a 17-year-old student of Charles E. Mills Secondary School, is an all-rounder excelling in football, cricket, and track and field (#ad). At the 50th CARIFTA Games, Claxton earned a silver medal in the Women’s Heptathlon after amassing a total of 4614 points in seven events.
Jaylen Bennett of St Kitts and Nevis secured silver in the U-17 Boys 400m Finals at the CARIFTA Games. De’Cheynelle Thomas, a 13-year-old student at Saddlers Secondary School, won her semifinal 400m race with a time of 55.72 seconds and competed in the finals at 5:55 pm. Denzil Douglas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulated the athletes on their victories, highlighting De’Cheynelle Thomas’s bronze medal in the U17 400m with a time of 55.46s.
On Day 2 of the 50th CARIFTA Games, St Kitts and Nevis won one silver medal and one bronze medal, along with several impressive performances from the team. The entire team was congratulated for their achievements so far.