… Anderson, Cope deliver recordsWILLEMSTAD, Curacao (CMC) – Jamaican Britany Anderson set a new record in the Girls’ Under-18 sprint hurdles while Trinidadian Khalifa St Fort completed the sprint double by winning the 200 metres, to climax the 46th CARIFTA Games here Monday evening.Anderson’s victory underlined Jamaica’s dominance in the sprint hurdles as they swept all four events at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, to once again reiterate their class on the final day of the track and field showpiece.The record was one of two in the final session for Jamaica as Daniel Cope also set a new mark in the Boys’ Under-18 discus throw.Powerhouse Jamaica won two of the four 200-metre finals and clinched three of the 800m gold on offer, while also picking two gold medals in the 4×400-metre relays.Anderson set the tone for the evening session when she stopped the clock at 13.16 seconds, erasing her countrywoman Janeek Brown’s two-year-old mark of 13.29.She led a Jamaica one-two as Daszay Freeman followed her home in 13.39 while Bahamian Gabrielle Gibson did enough to grab bronze in a time of 14.07.Dejour Russell easily captured the corresponding Boys’ 110m event, speeding to a time of 13.19 seconds to beat Rasheem Brown of Cayman Islands into second in 13.70, and fellow Jamaican Jeremy Farr into third in 13.71.Barbadians Tre Hollingsworth (13.89) and Nathan Fergusson (13.93) missed out on the podium when they finished fourth and fifth respectively.Meanwhile, Amoi Brown narrowly missed out on countrywoman Samantha Elliott’s seven-year-old record of 13.42 seconds, when she crossed the line first in the Girls’ Under-20 event in 13.44.Brown followed her home in 13.49 to create another Jamaica one-two, with Laetitia Bapte delivering bronze for Martinique in 13.79.In the Boys’ Under-20, Orlando Bennett won a close battle with Bahamian Tavonte Mott, clocking 13.60 for the victory to his challenger’s 13.64.Jamaican Alex Robinson was third in 13.72.Rising Caribbean star St Fort once again emphasised her credentials when she followed up Saturday’s victory in the 100m with another convincing triumph in the 200m.She clocked 23.99 seconds to easily dismiss Grenadian Halle Hazzard who took silver in 24.15, while Jamaican Kasheika Cameron grabbed bronze in 24.28.Jamal Walton of Cayman Islands ensured the Jamaicans did not taste gold in the Under-20 category as he won the corresponding Boys’ half-lap in a time of 21.29, ahead of Trinidadian Jerrod Elock who stopped the clock at 21.54.Guyanese Compton Caesar, who two days ago captured 100m gold, returned to take bronze in 21.57. Jamaica, however, had the upper hand in the Under-18s, winning both the Girls’ and Boys’ events. Michae Harriott crossed the line in 23.73 to barely get the better of Bahamian Devine Parker (23.87) while in the Boys’ event, Michael Stephens raced to 21.30, to pull off a narrow win over Joel Johnson of the Bahamas (21.55).In the 800m, Barbadian Jonathan Jones proved the spoiler, as his win in the Boys’ Under-20 event prevented Jamaica from completing another clean sweep.He was timed at one minute 51.51 seconds, finishing ahead of Jamaican Agerian Jackson who took silver in 1:52.07.However, the Jamaica flag was all over the remaining three 800m events with Cemore Donald (2:11.28) and Shaquena Foote (2:13.44) producing a one-two in the Girls’ Under-18, Kimar Farquharson (1:54.65) and Tyrese Reid (1:54.79) pulling off a similar feat in the corresponding Boys’ race, and Chrissani May winning the Girls’ Under-20 in 2:12.43.Cope, meanwhile, stole his share of the headlines when he tossed the discus 61.25 metres to break the record of 60.44 set by fellow Jamaican Phillippe Barnett last year.Saj-Jay Stevens and Kevin Nedrick extended Jamaica’s success in the field events, winning the Girls’ Under-20 javelin in 45.10 metres and the Boys’ Under-20 shot putt in 19.29m respectively.Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago made their presence felt in the distance relays, winning the Boys’ Under-18 event in 3:14.65 and the Boys’ Under-20 in 3:09.32 respectively.
Seville, Valencia and Villarreal. For many years when Simeone talked about rivals those were the names that came out of his mouth. Villarreal, Valencia, Seville. At them, Atlético looks again in this “transition” season. Madrid and Barça are far, 13 points one, 10 the other. The fight is the Champions League, the places that give access to be in it next season. Atletico is 4th, they returned to them last day, Valencia, 7th, two points less. In the first round his confrontation ended in a draw. Whoever wins today takes more than three points, also takes the goal average. They can call it a match but it’s really a battle for the Champions League. Very hard. The two need to win it.Valencia grabs Mestalla. He hasn’t lost at home since April 2019. That is, throughout this season. That is, neither Barça nor Madrid nor Seville managed to win there. It is the good face of the Celades team, that of Mestalla. Outside it happens like Atlético, it’s Mr. Hyde Three home games in 2020, three wins. Two out, two reviews. He still licks the wounds of last week in Getafe. Gayà arrives, Gameiro and Cheryshev return but not Coquelin. Rodrigo either. As in the first round you can not face the team that was about to be yours in summer. Knee. Guedes could play on his hitch, and so Celades keeps his usual midfield. Ferran and Soler for the bands. Kondogbia and Parejo. The lack of solidity is his fate, how much he grants, aggravated by Garay’s injury. Diakhaby or Mangala, the doubt. Morata, with Atlético Simeone travels with Morata. The plan is to have minutes, the goal is Liverpool. Giménez also travels. In the infirmary there are only Trippier, Herrera and João Félix. Starting, as before Granada, Atlético will play without pure strikers, with Vitolo and Correa. The Argentine, the piece chosen for Rodrigo to come and go, is essential today. Six goals and six assists. Fundamental more than ever, the team, the shield and all the others are put behind their backs. Good thing he didn’t leave. Felipe returns to eleven and breathes the Cholo: also Arias. You have tried Llorente on the right. It goes to more and more. Face Mr. Hyde Atleti is only three wins out. A poor baggage for a team that, as always, first of all looks for something. The Champions. The train next season passes through Valencia today.