CARIFTA Games

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For the CARIFTA swimming meet, see CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). The games was first held in 1972 and consists of track and field events including sprint races, hurdles, middle distance track events, jumping and throwing events, and relays. The Games has two age categories: under-17 and under-20. Only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition.

History[edit]

In 1972, Austin Sealy,[1] then president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior track and field championship meet.

The meet normally runs over three days during the Easter period and includes over 150 separate events. The Games has two age categories for boys and girls: under-17 and under-20, the latter in line with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. The meet is run entirely under IAAF rules.

According to IAAF President, Lamine Diack, CARIFTA is "on par with the World Championships."[2] The meet is considered one of the best development meets in world athletics. Having started out on grass tracks, with athletes staying in schools or other similar temporary shelter, the CARIFTA Games have come a long way. College and university coaches and scouts from the United States make their way to the Games each year, in a bid to identify up-and-coming athletes.

The Games have produced World Record holders, Usain Bolt, Darrel Brown, World and Olympic Champions such as Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis and Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, Alleyne Francique of Grenada and Obadele Thompson of Barbados. CARIFTA has spawned administrators like Dean Greenaway, President of the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association.

In the early years, a handful of territories (Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Bermuda) had facilities appropriate for hosting what really is a world-class meet. Since 2000, though, Grenada, Turks & Caicos, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia have built brand new stadia and hosted the CARIFTA Games. The Games have also been held on Tobago and in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which became the 14th different venue in 2011.

The CARIFTA Games are normally sponsored by regional companies including the National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd and Guardian Holdings. In 2009, telecommunications company, LIME Caribbean signed on as a presenting sponsor, providing finance to the local organising committee, direct assistance to national teams and live coverage of the Games on TV across the Caribbean, as well as via Internet streaming.[3]

The Games are hosted directly under the auspices of the North and Central American and Caribbean Confederation of the IAAF, more commonly known as NACAC. Each country may enter two athletes per event and up to six athletes may be entered for relay events (with two acting as substitutes) and three athletes in the combined events such as pentathlon or heptathlon.

The 100 and 200 metres World and Olympic record holder Usain Bolt holds the 200m metres record in the under 20 category and the 400m in the under 17 category. He previously had both under 17 and under 20 200m and 400m records but lost his 200m under 17 record in 2007 to fellow Jamaican Dexter Lee who would go on to win consecutive 100 m World Junior titles. Bolt lost the 400m under 20 record to World Youth silver medalist and World Junior Champion Kirani James of Grenada [4][5] Kirani reset the 400m record in Cayman Islands in 2010, at which venue Jamaica's Odane Skeen also established a new under-17 record for the 200m.

Games[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
Top Team
1st 1972 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 1–4 23 JAM
2nd 1973 (details) Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago May 4–5 34 JAM
3rd 1974 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 13–15 Independence Park 34 JAM
4th 1975 (details) Hamilton  Bermuda March 29–31 36 BER
5th 1976 (details) Nassau  Bahamas April 19–20 39 JAM
6th 1977 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 25–26 39 JAM
7th 1978 (details) Nassau  Bahamas March 27–28 39 JAM
8th 1979 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 20–22 Independence Park 42 JAM
9th 1980 (details) Hamilton  Bermuda May 3–4 48 BAH
10th 1981 (details) Nassau  Bahamas April 20–21 Thomas A. Robinson Stadium 48 BAH
11th 1982 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 10–12 Independence Park 52 JAM
12th 1983 (details) Fort-de-France  Martinique April 2–4 52 BAH
13th 1984 (details) Nassau  Bahamas April 21–23 52 BAH
14th 1985 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 7–9 52 JAM
15th 1986 (details) Les Abymes  Guadeloupe March 29–31 52 JAM
16th 1987 (details) Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago April 18–20 52 JAM
17th 1988 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 2–4 Independence Park 52 JAM
18th 1989 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados March 25–27 50 JAM
19th 1990 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 14–16 Independence Park 52 JAM
20th 1991 (details) Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago March 30-April 1 53 JAM
21st 1992 (details) Nassau  Bahamas April 18–20 53 JAM
22nd 1993 (details) Fort-de-France  Martinique April 10–11 55 JAM
23rd 1994 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 2–4 58 JAM
24th 1995 (details) George Town  Cayman Islands April 15–17 58 JAM
25th 1996 (details) Kingston  Jamaica April 6–8 Independence Park 58 JAM
26th 1997 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 4–6 National Stadium 58 JAM
27th 1998 (details) Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago April 11–13 62 JAM
28th 1999 (details) Fort-de-France  Martinique April 3–5 63 JAM
29th 2000 (details) St. George's  Grenada April 22–24 National Stadium 61 JAM
30th 2001 (details) Bridgetown  Barbados April 14–16 62 JAM
31st 2002 (details) Nassau  Bahamas March 30-April 1 Robinson National Stadium 66 JAM
32nd 2003 (details) Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago April 19–21 Hasely Crawford National Stadium 66 JAM
33rd 2004 (details) Hamilton  Bermuda April 9–11 National Stadium 66 JAM
34th 2005 (details) Bacolet  Trinidad and Tobago March 26–28 Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago 66 JAM
35th 2006 (details) Les Abymes Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe April 15–17 René Serge Nabajoth Stadium 66 JAM
36th 2007 (details) Providenciales  Turks and Caicos Islands April 7–9 National Stadium, Providenciales 66 JAM
37th 2008 (details) Basseterre  Saint Kitts and Nevis March 22–24 Bird Rock Athletic Stadium 66 JAM
38th 2009 (details) Vieux Fort  Saint Lucia April 10–13 George Odlum National Stadium 66 JAM
39th 2010 (details) George Town  Cayman Islands April 3–5 Truman Bodden Sports Complex 66 JAM
40th 2011 (details) Montego Bay  Jamaica April 23–25 Catherine Hall Sports Complex 66 JAM
41st 2012 (details) Hamilton  Bermuda April 6–9 National Stadium 66 JAM
42nd 2013 (details) Nassau  Bahamas March 29-April 1 Robinson National Stadium 66 JAM
43rd 2014 (details) Fort-de-France Martinique/ Martinique April 19-21 Stade Pierre Aliker 66 JAM
44th 2015 (details) Sugar City  Saint Kitts and Nevis April 4-6 Silver Jubilee Stadium

Medal Totals Since 1990[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Jamaica 726 506 327 1,559
2  Trinidad and Tobago 157 197 206 560
3  Bahamas 129 208 238 575
4  Barbados 121 155 183 459
5 Martinique/ Martinique 69 85 109 263
6  Grenada 53 57 68 178
7 Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe 45 58 75 178
8  Antigua and Barbuda 28 12 20 60
9  Bermuda 22 35 40 97
10  Guyana 16 16 15 47
11  Cayman Islands 10 13 23 46
12  Saint Lucia 10 22 18 50
13  Dominica 7 11 10 28
14  British Virgin Islands 7 6 9 22
15 French Guiana/ French Guiana 6 6 10 22
16  Turks and Caicos Islands 5 4 6 15
17  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 11 10 25
18  U.S. Virgin Islands 3 4 9 17
19  Anguilla 2 1 5 8
20  Netherlands Antilles 0 5 6 11
21  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 4 0 4
22  Aruba 0 2 2 4
23  Suriname 0 2 1 3
24  Curaçao 0 1 3 4
25  Belize 0 1 1 2
26  Haiti 0 0 1 1
Total 1,420 1,422 1,395 4,237

CARIFTA Games Records[edit]

Jamaica has dominated the medals table at CARIFTA over the years. So too the record books. They hold records in 10 of the 21 Under-20 men's events contested all-time at CARIFTA, and hold or share 11 of the 17 Under-20 women's records. At the junior level, Jamaican boys own nine of the 17 records, whilst their girls possess a remarkable 10 of 16 marks in the Under-17 division. The oldest CARIFTA record in the books, though (at least for events still being contested in the modern Games), belongs to a Bermudan, Sonya Smith, whose Under-20 Javelin Throw performance of 53.98m has been on the books since 1979. The oldest boys' record is 15.03m, the winning distance for Lyndon Sands of the Bahamas in the 1980 Under-17 Triple Jump.

Kareem Streete-Thompson went on to become one of the world's leading horizontal jumpers, but his CARIFTA performances have earned legendary status. In 1989, he set an Under-17 Long Jump record with a leap of 7.83m, and a year later his 7.94m was an Under-20 record, in his first year competing at that level for Cayman Islands. Both marks remain untouched. The women's horizontal jump records are almost as long-lived, Jackie Edwards' 1987 mark of 6.14m was the Under-17 winning distance that year, and Daphne Saunders' leap of 6.93m won her the 1989 title. Both ladies are from the Bahamas.

Men Under 20[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref Video
100 m 10.11 (+1.2 m/s) Yohan Blake  Jamaica 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
200 m 19.93 WJR Usain Bolt  Jamaica 11 April 2004 2004 Hamilton [1]
400 m 45.02 Kirani James  Grenada 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
800 m 1:48.95 Kenroy Levy  Jamaica April 1987 1987 Port of Spain
1500 m 3:47.56 Gavyn Nero  Trinidad and Tobago 11 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
3000 m [7] 8:48.20 Trevor Small  Barbados April 1976 1976 Nassau
5000 m 14:34.34 Kemoy Campbell  Jamaica 5 April 2010 2010 George Town
110 m hurdles 13.23 (+1.6 m/s) Wilhem Belocian Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [8]
300m Hurdles 41.00 Clive Bariffe  Jamaica 5 May 1973 1973 Port of Spain
400 m hurdles 49.76 Jehue Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 4 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
3000 m steeplechase 9:59.62 Junior Mitchell  Trinidad and Tobago 31 March 1991 1991 Port of Spain
High jump 2.21 m Raymond Higgs  Bahamas 11 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
Pole vault 4.60 m K'Don Samuels  Jamaica 23 March 2008 2008 Basseterre
Long jump 7.94 m Kareem Streete-Thompson  Cayman Islands 20 April 1990 1990 Kingston
Triple jump 16.35 m (-1.0 m/s) Latario Collie-Minns  Bahamas 9 April 2012 2012 Hamilton [9]
Shot put (6 kg) 19.47 m Ashinia Miller  Jamaica 25 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [10]
Discus throw 63.11 m Chad Wright  Jamaica 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
Javelin throw 77.59 m Keshorn Walcott  Trinidad and Tobago 9 April 2012 2012 Hamilton [9][11] [2]
Heptathlon 5623 pts Maurice Smith  Jamaica April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
Octathlon 5696 pts Kevin Roberts  Trinidad and Tobago 19–20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [12]
7.09 m (+0.5 m/s) (long jump), 10.34 m (shot put), 50.32 (400 m), 10.97 (+2.0 m/s) (100 m) /
15.02 (+1.2 m/s) (110 m hurdles/0.99 m), 43.47 m (javelin), 3.10.69 (1000 m), 1.98 m (high jump)
4×100 m relay 39.38 Raheem Robinson
Michael O'Hara
Jordon Chin
Jevaughn Minzie
 Jamaica 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [13]
4×400 m relay 3:05.68 Lennox Williams
Omar McLeod
Jevaughn Minzie
Jovan Francis
 Jamaica 1 April 2013 2013 Nassau [14]

Women Under 20[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 11.03 (heat) Aileen Bailey  Jamaica 11 April 1998 1998 Port of Spain
11.03 (heat) Tamicka Clarke  Bahamas 11 April 1998 1998 Port of Spain
200 m 22.77 (+1.7 m/s) Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 1 April 2013 2013 Nassau [15]
400 m 51.30 Sonita Sutherland  Jamaica 15 April 2006 2006 Les Abymes
800 m 2:05.90 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 24 March 2008 2008 Basseterre
1500 m 4:27.48 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 10 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
3000 m 9:50.56 Janice Turner  Jamaica 31 March 1991 1991 Port of Spain
100 m hurdles (84 cm) 13.42 (+0.5 m/s) Samantha Elliott  Jamaica 5 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [16]
400 m hurdles 56.61 Camille Robinson  Jamaica 20 April 2003 2003 Port of Spain
High jump 1.87 m Jeanelle Scheper  Saint Lucia 1 April 2013 2013 Nassau [17]
Long jump 6.39 m Daphne Saunders  Bahamas March 1989 1989 Bridgetown
Triple jump 13.22 m Shelly Ann Gallimore  Jamaica 5 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
Shot put 15.75 m Claudia Villeneuve  Martinique 30 March 2002 2002 Nassau
Discus throw 53.47 m Claudia Villeneuve  Martinique 31 March 2002 2002 Nassau
Javelin throw
600g old spec. (-1998)
53.98 m Sonya Smith  Bermuda 20 April 1979 1979 Kingston
Javelin throw
600g new spec. (1999-)
47.88 m Séphora Bissoly  Martinique 5 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
Pentathlon 3935 pts Salcia Slack  Jamaica 23 March 2008 2008 Basseterre
Heptathlon 4648 pts Chelsey Linton  Dominica 19–20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [18]
15.40 (+2.8 m/s) (100 m hurdles/ 0.84 m), 1.54 m (high jump), 10.58 m (shot put), 25.93 (200 m) (+2.5 m/s) /
5.43 m (-1.0 m/s) (long jump), 31.12 m (javelin), 2:33.98 (800 m)
4×100 m relay 44.08 Christania Williams
Deandre Whitehorne
Celia Walters
Shericka Jackson
 Jamaica 24 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [19]
4×400 m relay 3:31.47 Olivia James
Janieve Russell
Simoya Campbell
Chrisann Gordon
 Jamaica 25 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [10]

Men Under 18[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 10.27 Raheem Chambers  Jamaica 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [20]
200 m 20.84 (+1.2 m/s) Odane Skeen  Jamaica 5 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
400 m 47.33 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 30 March 2002 2002 Nassau
800 m 1:51.79 Jerrard Mason  Barbados 25 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [10]
1500 m 4:00.04 Theon O'Connor  Jamaica 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
3000 m 8:46.49 Kemoy Campbell  Jamaica 8 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
5000 m 16:11.01 Kendell Simon  Grenada 4 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
100 m hurdles 12.88 Aaron Wilmore  Bahamas 24 March 2008 2008 Basseterre
110 m hurdles (91.4 cm) 13.32
wind: +1.3 m/s (heat)
Jaheel Hyde  Jamaica 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France
400 m hurdles (0.84 m) 51.21 Jaheel Hyde  Jamaica 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [21]
High jump 2.13 m Raymond Higgs  Bahamas 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
Long jump 7.83 m Kareem Streete-Thompson  Cayman Islands March 1989 1989 Bridgetown
Triple jump 16.33 m (+2.0 m/s) Miguel Van Assen  Suriname 19 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [22]
Shot put (5.0 kg) 17.42 m Christopher Brown  Jamaica 24 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [19]
Discus throw (1.5 kg) 54.41 m Vashon McCarty  Jamaica 19 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [23]
Javelin throw (700 g) 67.67 m Anderson Peters  Grenada 19 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [24]
4×100 m relay 40.76 Adam Cummings
Odane Skeen
Travis Drummond
Jazeel Murphy
 Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
Kinard Rolle
Tyler Bowe
Keanu Pennerman
Javan Martin
 Bahamas 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [25]
4×400 m relay 3:12.63 Nathaniel Bann
Martin Manley
Nigel Ellis
Jaheel Hyde
 Jamaica 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [26]

Girls Under 18[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 11.28 (heat) Raneika Bean  Bermuda 11 April 1998 1998 Port of Spain
200 m 23.03 (heat) Anneisha McLaughlin  Jamaica 31 March 2002 2002 Nassau
400 m 53.36 Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [16]
800 m 2:09.59 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 17 April 2006 2006 Les Abymes
1500 m 4:32.70 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 15 April 2006 2006 Les Abymes
3000 m 10:00.23 Janill Williams  Antigua and Barbuda 4 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
100 m hurdles (76.2 cm) 13.48 (+1.4 m/s) Janeek Brown  Jamaica 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [27]
300 m hurdles 41.30 Janieve Russell  Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
400 m hurdles (76.2 cm) 59.72 Shenice Cohen  Jamaica 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [28]
High jump 1.85 m Akela Jones  Barbados 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [16]
Long jump 6.14 m Jackie Edwards  Bahamas April 1987 1987 Port of Spain
6.24 m (wind: NWI) Yanis Esméralda David Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France
Triple jump 13.10 m (+1.5 m/s) Yanis Esméralda David Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [29]
Shot put (3.0 kg) 16.12 m Chelsea James  Trinidad and Tobago 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [30]
Discus throw (1.0 kg) 46.47 m Janel Fullerton  Jamaica 19 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [31]
Javelin throw (500 g) 49.66 m Shanee Angol  Dominica 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [32]
Javelin throw
600g old spec. (-1998)
43.66 m Francette Pognon  Martinique April 1997 1997 Bridgetown
Javelin throw
600g new spec. (1999-)
42.90 m Deandra Dottin  Barbados 9 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
4×100 m relay 44.80 Shellece Clarke
Shanice Reid
Natalliah White
Kimone Shaw
 Jamaica 20 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [33]
4×400 m relay 3:37.65 Taqece Duggan
Junell Bromfield
Shannon Kalawan
Tiffany James
 Jamaica 21 April 2014 2014 Fort-de-France [34]

Men Under 17 (until 2013)[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 10.34 Dexter Lee  Jamaica 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
200 m 20.84 (+1.2 m/s) Odane Skeen  Jamaica 5 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
400 m 47.33 Usain Bolt  Jamaica 30 March 2002 2002 Nassau
800 m 1:51.79 Jerrard Mason  Barbados 25 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [10]
1500 m 4:00.04 Theon O'Connor  Jamaica 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
3000 m 8:46.49 Kemoy Campbell  Jamaica 8 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
5000 m 16:11.01 Kendell Simon  Grenada 4 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
100 m hurdles 12.88 Aaron Wilmore  Bahamas 24 March 2008 2008 Basseterre
110 m hurdles (91.4 cm) 13.75 (-0.2 m/s) Wilhem Belocian Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe 25 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay
400 m hurdles 52.75 Stephen Newbold  Bahamas 4 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
High jump 2.13 m Raymond Higgs  Bahamas 7 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
Long jump 7.83 m Kareem Streete-Thompson  Cayman Islands March 1989 1989 Bridgetown
Triple jump 15.19 m Miguel Van Assen  Suriname 30 March 2013 2013 Nassau [35]
Shot put 17.42 m Christopher Brown  Jamaica 24 April 2011 2011 Montego Bay [19]
Discus throw 52.99 m Fedrick Dacres  Jamaica 5 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [6]
Javelin throw (700 g) 64.01 m Anderson Peters  Grenada 30 March 2013 2013 Nassau [36]
4×100 m relay 40.76 Adam Cummings
Odane Skeen
Travis Drummond
Jazeel Murphy
 Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
4×400 m relay 3:14.52 Ivan Henry
Okeen Williams
Michael O'Hara
Devaughn Baker
 Jamaica 9 April 2012 2012 Hamilton [9]

Girls Under 17 (until 2013)[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Games Ref
100 m 11.28 (heat) Raneika Bean  Bermuda 11 April 1998 1998 Port of Spain
200 m 23.03 (heat) Anneisha McLaughlin  Jamaica 31 March 2002 2002 Nassau
400 m 53.36 Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [16]
800 m 2:09.59 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 17 April 2006 2006 Les Abymes
1500 m 4:32.70 Natoya Goule  Jamaica 15 April 2006 2006 Les Abymes
3000 m 10:00.23 Janill Williams  Antigua and Barbuda 4 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
100 m hurdles (76.2 cm) 13.51 Melaine Walker  Jamaica 5 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
300 m hurdles 41.30 Janieve Russell  Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
High jump 1.85 m Akela Jones  Barbados 3 April 2010 2010 Georgetown [16]
Long jump 6.14 m Jackie Edwards  Bahamas April 1987 1987 Port of Spain
Triple jump 12.61 m Rochelle Farquharson  Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
Shot put (3 kg) 14.48 m Chelsea James  Trinidad and Tobago 30 March 2013 2013 Nassau [37]
Shot put 14.29 m Claudia Villeneuve  Martinique 3 April 1999 1999 Fort-de-France
Discus throw (1.0 kg) 43.99 m Paul Ann Gayle  Jamaica 8 April 2012 2012 Hamilton [38][39]
Javelin throw (500 g) 43.89 m Shanee Angol  Dominica 31 March 2013 2013 Nassau [40]
Javelin throw
600g old spec. (-1998)
43.66 m Francette Pognon  Martinique April 1997 1997 Bridgetown
Javelin throw
600g new spec. (1999-)
42.90 m Deandra Dottin  Barbados 9 April 2007 2007 Providenciales
4×100 m relay 45.05 Janieve Russell
Deandre Whitehorne
Shericka Moulton
Shericka Jackson
 Jamaica 12 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort
4×400 m relay 3:38.09 Janieve Russell
Shericka Jackson
Deandre Whitehorne
Chrisann Gordon
 Jamaica 13 April 2009 2009 Vieux Fort

Austin Sealy Award Winners[edit]

Starting in 1977,[41] the Austin Sealy Award is presented to the athlete adjudged the most outstanding, either in terms of record accomplishment, or quality of performance as compared to other top medallists. The Carifta Games Magazine[42] issued for the 40th edition of the Carifta Games contains the article: "Most Outstanding Athletes over the years: Winners of the Austin Sealy Trophy," by David Miller, published on page 19 in part 2[43] and on page 24 in part 3.[44] It displays a complete list of award winners. However, there are a couple of inconsistencies: in 2008 Barbados' hurdles sprinter Kierre Beckles won the trophy[45] rather than Trinidadian hurdles sprinter Jehue Gordon, who on the other hand gained the trophy in 2010[46] rather than Grenadian sprinter Kirani James, the winner of 2009.

In 2002 Jamaican U17 sprinter Anneisha McLaughlin won the award[47] rather Usain Bolt, who was awarded the trophy in 2003 and 2004.

Bahamian thrower Lavern Eve is reported to be the award winner in Kingston in 1982 and Martinique in 1983,[41] rather than in 1981. In the year 1981, U17 sprinter Candy Ford from Bermuda, who then won three gold medals (100m, 200m, and 400m), was awarded the so-called "Oscar Steele Challenge Trophy" for being the most outstanding athlete of the games.[48]

Winner (Country) Year(s)
 Debbie Jones (BER) 1977
 Mary Ann Higgs (BAH) 1978*
 Jon Jones (JAM) 1979*
 Richard Louis (BAR) 1980*
 Candy Ford (BER) 1981*†
 Laverne Eve (BAH) 1982
 Laverne Eve (BAH) 1983
 Pauline Davis (BAH) 1984
 Andrea Thomas (JAM) 1985
Guadeloupe Pascal Théophile (GLP) 1986*
 Nicole Springer (BAR) 1987
 Michelle Freeman (JAM) 1988
 Kareem Streete-Thompson (CAY) 1989*
 Kareem Streete-Thompson (CAY) 1990
 Inez Turner (JAM) 1991
 Claudine Williams (JAM) 1992*
 Nikole Mitchell (JAM) 1993
 Obadele Thompson (BAR) 1994
 Debbie Ferguson (BAH) 1995
 Cydonie Mothersill (CAY) 1996
 Roy Bailey (JAM)
 Aleen Bailey (JAM)
1997
 Janill Williams (ATG) 1998
 Darrel Brown (TRI) 1999*
 Darrel Brown (TRI) 2000*
 Veronica Campbell (JAM) 2001
 Anneisha McLaughlin (JAM) 2002*
 Usain Bolt (JAM) 2003
 Usain Bolt (JAM) 2004
 Theon O'Conner (JAM) 2005*
 Gavyn Nero (TRI) 2006*
 Yohan Blake (JAM) 2007
 Kierre Beckles (BAR) 2008
 Kirani James (GRN) 2009
 Jehue Gordon (TRI) 2010
 Anthonique Strachan (BAH) 2011
 Anthonique Strachan (BAH) 2012
 Shaunae Miller (BAH) 2013
 Akela Jones (BAR) 2014

* = Under-17
† = Oscar Steele Challenge Trophy

See also[edit]

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