Bouwahjgie Nkrumie sets new Jamaica junior 100m record at World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia
Bouwahjgie Nkrumie sets new Jamaica junior 100m record at World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia

The Under-20 boys’ 100m heats at the 50th Carifta Games witnessed a dramatic scene as Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, Jamaica’s world leader in the event, pulled up and went down on the track in pain. The incident occurred at around the 80-meter mark, just as he was leading comfortably at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

Assistance quickly came to his aid, and Nkrumie was helped into a wheelchair and taken away for medical attention. He was seen holding onto his right leg. Nkrumie’s absence from the event is a significant loss, as he was one of the most highly anticipated competitors in the event, following his impressive 9.99 seconds run at Champs, making him the first Jamaican schoolboy to run sub-10.

The young sprinter, a member of a rare club, is only the third junior athlete in the world to achieve a sub-10 time in the 100m.

The Carifta Games, which have been taking place since 1972, are an annual athletics competition for countries in the Caribbean region, featuring athletes from under-17 and under-20 age groups. Over the years, the games have helped to produce numerous world-class athletes.

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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.


  1. […] Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, making a comeback after a muscle injury at the 2023 Carifta Games, dominated the third preliminary heat with a time of 10.60 seconds, showing his determination even against a strong -2.6 m/s headwind. The Jamaican World U20 silver medalist holds a joint second-fastest junior record this year, with a personal best of 9.99 seconds. Heartbreak for Jamaica’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie as Injury Derails Under-20 …. […]


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