St Jago’s Kavian Kerr may hardly include his feelings after he produced an enormous closing try, powered by prayer, to seize the gold medal within the boys’ Class One lengthy bounce occasion on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Ladies’ Athletics Championships on the Nationwide Stadium yesterday.
Kerr, who began his closing dash down the runway trailing the occasion favorite Luke Brown from Calabar, landed 7.81m within the sand, to safe a memorable win on the opening day of the championships, incomes the applause of his rivals, together with Brown, who he had trailed for the occasion.
Brown ended with a finest mark of seven.65m, whereas Jamaica School’s Uroy Ryan completed third with a leap of seven.47m.
Kerr, who’s competing in his closing yr on the championships, stated his confidence was a bit low coming into the occasion as a result of he had been nursing a hamstring harm going into the bounce.
“I’m very shocked with my efficiency, phrases can’t clarify how I’m feeling proper now,” stated Kerr, earlier than explaining the heavy wrap on his left leg. “I got here into this championships at 70 per cent as a result of I’m at the moment recovering from a hamstring harm and so to PB (private finest) is an amazing feeling.”
“Actually, earlier than that closing bounce, I stated a brief prayer and I advised God that that is both now or by no means and it was now and I used to be very grateful for this private finest,” Kerr stated.
The St Jago man might need had the ultimate say within the Class One boys’ lengthy bounce occasion, nevertheless it was defending champions Kingston School (KC), who made essentially the most noise on day one of many five-day championships, after successful 4 of the six finals on the schedule.
KC leads the standing with 56.5 factors forward of rivals Calabar 38.5. They’re adopted by St Jago 31, St Elizabeth Technical and Jamaica School (JC) on 26 every and Excelsior on 9 rounding of the highest six groups.
Kirk Dawkins acquired KC off to a superb begin when he defeated Calabar’s Rivaldo Marshall to win the steeplechase open occasion in a private finest time of 5:52.74 seconds.
Marshall, who additionally recorded a private finest, completed second in 5:53.74 minutes. JC’s Matthew Gordon was third in 6:04.79 minutes.
A couple of minutes later, Akeel Hanchard saved the Purples in tune after securing his group’s second gold medal, when he gained the javelin throw open occasion, with a mark of 62.52m.
Edwin Allen’s Christopher Younger was second with a private finest mark of 62.12m, whereas third went to Andre Raymond from St Jago with a throw of 61.18.
Nonetheless, whereas Hanchard was nonetheless celebrating his gold medal, the North Avenue-based establishment suffered an enormous shock, when race favorite Vashaun Vascianna pulled up injured in warmth one of many boys; Class One 110m hurdles occasion. Vascianna, a St Jago switch, can be uncertain for the dash relay group, leaving a critical crack in KC’s title defence armour.
Nonetheless, KC managed to rally when Daniel Clarke sped to victory in 13.04 seconds to win the boys’ Class Three 100m hurdles. St Elizabeth Technical’s Ricoy Hunter was second in 13.19 seconds, whereas third went to Shaquane Hunter from Calabar in 13.28 seconds.
KC celebrations had hardly died down, as Tajae Francis sped to a 13.52 seconds win to assert KC’s fourth gold medal on day, this time within the Class One 110m hurdles. JC’s Jahiem Stern completed second 13.78 second, whereas Radjae of Excelsior completed a distant third in 15.25 seconds.
The Class Two occasion was gained by St Elizabeth Technical’s Allem Pinto, 13.55 seconds forward of Andre Harris (St Jago), 13.57 and Amontae Wright (KC), 13.70.
At present’s schedule for boys’ occasions will see the working of the 4x100m relay semi-finals, the decathlon, the dash medley relay semi-finals and the preliminary spherical of the 100m and 400m occasions.
The lone male closing set for right this moment is the Class Two lengthy bounce.