The 50th Carifta Games is set to begin on Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, and the anticipation for the opening day of the competition is high. The U20 girls’ 100m race will be one of the highlights of the event, as Jamaica’s Alana Reid will face off against British Virgin Islands’ Adaejah Hodge.
Reid is coming off an impressive 10.92 at Champs, while Hodge set a world U20 200m record of 22.33 during the indoor season.
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She will start in heat 1 of the first round, and Reid will run in heat 2/3. However, both are expected to meet in the final set for later in the afternoon session, which is expected to be the race of the championships. Alexis James is Jamaica’s other competitor in the U20 girls’ 100m.
In the U20 boys’ event, Jamaica’s Bouwahjie Nkrumie is highly favored to take gold. Nkrumie, the World U20 silver medalist, is coming off a 9.99secs clocking last weekend. However, he will have good competition from Tucker Denver of Bermuda. Jaiden Reid of the Cayman Islands and DeAndre Daley of Jamaica are also part of the field.
Tiana Marshall and Natrece East will carry Jamaica’s flag in the U17 girls’ 100m. Alexxe Henry of Trinidad and Tobago, Naomi London of St. Lucia, and Xuae Trustfull of Surinam are others to watch.
Jamaica’s Tramaine Todd is the one to beat in the U17 boys’ event. Grenada’s Ethan Sam, Antigua’s Kasiya Daley, and Jamaican Khamani Gordon will be trying to upstage Todd.
The 400m heats will also be on in the morning session, with the finals set for later in the day.