Jamaica's Under-20 Athletes Suffer Setbacks at 50th Carifta Games
Jamaica's Under-20 Athletes Suffer Setbacks at 50th Carifta Games

NASSAU, Bahamas (April 8) – De Andre Daley, the reigning under-20 100-meter Carifta champion, will not defend his title after being disqualified from his semi-final race during the 50th Carifta Games held in the Bahamas.

The disqualification occurred due to a false start, a mistake that caused an end to Jamaica’s participation in the event. Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, the national junior record holder at 9.99, was unable to finish his first-round heat due to an injury.

The disqualification of De Andre Daley, a promising Jamaican athlete, brought disappointment to his fans and fellow teammates. Despite Daley’s impressive performance in the heats, his false start during the semi-finals meant he could not defend his title at the Carifta Games. Jamaica’s hopes of winning a medal in the 100-meter under-20 event were dashed following the unfortunate turn of events.

The injury that prevented Bouwahjgie Nkrumie from completing his first-round heat also compounded Jamaica’s woes. The national junior record holder was unable to compete in the event, significantly reducing the country’s medal chances in the 100-meter under-20 event.

The 50th Carifta Games, which began on April 6, will run until April 10, bringing together athletes from across the Caribbean. Despite the setbacks faced by Jamaica’s under-20 athletes, the country remains optimistic about its chances in other events.

The disqualification of De Andre Daley and the injury to Bouwahjgie Nkrumie serve as a reminder of the importance of staying focused and avoiding mistakes in athletics. Jamaica’s under-20 athletes will continue to train and prepare for future competitions, with the hope of bouncing back stronger.

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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.