Jamaican-Linked Competitor, Howell, Triumphs at Carifta Games
Davonte Howell pose with his coach Dwight Thomas after his victory at the Carifta Games

NASSAU, Bahamas (April 12) – Davonte Howell, a 17-year-old athlete from the Cayman Islands, emerged as the champion of the Under-20 boys 100m at the 50th Carifta Games.

Jamaican-Linked Competitor, Howell, Triumphs at Carifta Games
Davonte Howell pose with his coach Dwight Thomas after his victory at the Carifta Games

Howell has a connection to Jamaica as he was born in Barbados, moved to the Cayman Islands when he was young, and then left to attend IMG Academy in the United States, where Jamaican Olympian Dwight Thomas is coaching him.

Jamaica’s hope of winning the under-20 boys 100m at the Carifta Games ended when Bouwahjgie Nkrumie pulled up with an injury. Adding to their disappointment, defending Carifta champion, De Andre Daley, was disqualified from his semi-final race and was thus unable to defend his title.

Howell stepped up to the plate and delivered for his team. READ Carifta Games 2023 medal table standings

Under Thomas’s guidance, Howell improved his time from 10.80sec to 10.28sec and became the Carifta Games U20 Champion. Despite the challenges of adjusting to a new environment after moving to a boarding school in Bradenton, Florida, where Thomas is the sprint and relay coach, Howell persevered.

“He’s only 17 years old. He’s been working hard to get to this point. He had to adjust to the new environment moving from the Cayman to a boarding school in Bradenton, Florida,” noted Thomas.

Currently, Thomas’s team holds the fastest 4x100m relay team in the United States, with a time of 40.11sec, which they won at the Texas Relay HS section. Howell ran the second leg on that team.

As one of the favorites, Thomas’ team will compete at the Penn Relays. A Jamaican team has not lost at the Penn Relays in several years. Thomas stated that Howell is eager to demonstrate his talent and compete with Jamaican athletes.

“We still have a lot of work to do. He will run the 100m at the Adidas Atlanta Street Meet on May 6. I believe he has a shot at running 10.1sec this season.”

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


    • Debbie Mckenzie true
      But all dem try they can’t take away what the Jamaican athletes have in them
      For the host country an the medal stealing an the media bias country their medal tally was POOR

  1. Aĺl the way from bim i watch u and i am so proud of u brought back memories of u watching the games with us when we were there


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