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Etienne Wins 1st Gold for Bahamas

March 28, 2016
Etienne Bahamas Track 2016 Carifta

Etienne (left) with coach James Rolle & teammate Benjamin Clarke

On Sunday, Jyles Etienne won the gold medal in the under-18 boys’ high jump at the 45th Carifta Games. Here is a recap of the event from Brent Stubbs of Tribune 242.

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The BTC Bahamas Team picked up their first two gold medals from Jyles Etienne and Kendrick Thompson and, highlighted by four silver medals in the 4 x 100 metre relays, extended its total to 18 on Sunday as day two of the 45th Carifta Games came to a close at the Grenada National Athletics Stadium.

Going into the final day of competition on Monday, Team Bahamas has compiled a total of two gold, seven silver and nine bronze. That pushed the Bahamas into second place behind defending champions Jamaica.

In what was the performance of the day for Team Bahamas, Etienne had to go to a jump off to secure the first gold in the under-18 boys high jump for the Bahamas to win its first gold medal at the games. He cleared the winning height of 2.07 metres or 6-feet, 9 1/2-inches on his second attempt to snatch the gold after Jamaica’s Kobe-Jordan Rhooms missed both attempts and had to settle for the silver with 2.06m (6-9). In another showdown, Benjamin Clarke added another medal for the Bahamas with a tie for the bronze with Jaden Bernabela of Curacoa as they both turned in personal best of 2.03m (6-8).

“I was just listening to what my coach James Rolle was saying to me, don’t reach for the bar and just make it happen,” said Etienne, the 6-feet, 5-inches basketball player from a high school in New York, who only competed in his second meet for the year and was short of his personal best of 2.11m (6-11). “It feels good to win the first gold for the Bahamas.”

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