Barnes wins shot put gold

Lacee Barnes (file photo)

Lacee Barnes won the first gold medal for the Cayman Islands at the 46th Flow CARIFTA Games, when she took the top spot in the U20 girls shot put Sunday morning, 16 April.

Barnes, 17, made the winning throw of 13.06 metres on her final attempt at the SDK Stadium. She was pretty much guaranteed a podium spot but her best distance through five attempts was 12.41 metres, well behind the 13.02 metres Jamaica’s Sah-Jay Stevens set on her second attempt. Stevens had to settle for silver for the second straight year.

Having missed out on a medal in the discus throw a day earlier, the St Ignatius Catholic School student came up big on her final attempt to claim first place.

It’s been a good Games for Barnes, who despite not getting a top-three finish in the discus, she threw a lifetime best distance to set a new Cayman Islands national record of 47.63 metres.

Other Cayman Islands medals came Saturday evening from Jamal Walton, who won silver in the U20 boys 400m and Dominic Dyer with bronze in the U20 boys 1,500m.

Also on Sunday morning, Walton established himself as the man to beat in the U20 boys 200m. He comfortably won the first heat in 21.42 seconds, the fastest time in the preliminary round and has booked a spot in the final on Monday evening. Walton has been in fine form, setting a personal best time of 20.75 seconds in March this year.

In the U18 boys 200m, the pair of Daujaughn Murray and Kashief Dawkins failed to advance to the finals. Murray finished fifth in his heat in 23.08 seconds. Dawkins was fourth in his heat in 22.51 seconds. The winners of each of the four heats plus the next best four times moved on to the finals. Dawkins was 11th overall and Murray 21st. will have regular updates throughout the games, including later Sunday when other Cayman Islands athletes are competing.


  1. Pingback: Cayman looking for strong finish – Cayman Sports Buzz

  2. Pingback: Cayman wins six Flow CARIFTA Games medals – Cayman Sports Buzz

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.