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Wilson, Blackett, Anthony bag swim gold

TT Carifta gold medallists Zarek WIlson, right, and Joy Blackett, with the national flag in Barbados. PHOTO BY SHERDON PIERRE
TT Carifta gold medallists Zarek WIlson, right, and Joy Blackett, with the national flag in Barbados. PHOTO BY SHERDON PIERRE

Zarek Wilson and Joy Blackett bagged a gold medal each at the 34th Carifta Swimming Championship yesterday evening at the Barbados Aquatic Centre, Wildey, Barbados.

Wilson was victorious in the 13-14 Boys 200m freestyle, stopping the clock at 2:00.09. He defeated Bermuda's Sam Williamson (2:01.81) and Martinique's Anthony Curton (2:02.21).

Blackett secured TT's fifth gold medal in the Girls 11-12 50m fly in 30.71. She defeated Jamaica's Giani Francis (30.81) and Guyanese Aleka Persaud (30.94).

Zoe Anthony added to the success with victory in the girls 13-14 400m individual medley.

TT captured a silver medal in the 11-12 girls freestyle courtesy Amelia Rajack (2:20.08). The winner of the race was Cayman's Harper Barrowman (2:16.30) and third was Guyanese Aleka Persaud (2:21.17).

In the 4x100m freestyle relay, TT captured three medals (one gold, one silver, one bronze). Nickolai Blackman anchored the TT 13-14 boys relay team to a gold medal after a commanding swim. The quartet stopped the clock in three minutes 47.95 secs. The twin-island team bettered silver medallists Jamaica (3:50.95) and Bahamas (3:51.18).

Gabriela Donahue led the TT team to a silver medal in the Girls 15-17 freestyle relay, clocking 4:07.67. Danielle Williams swam the first leg, followed by Anneliese Merry, Jada Chatoor and Donahue, who had a blistering last 50 metres to secure the medal.

The race was eventually won by Jamaica, with Cayman Islands grabbing bronze (4:10.33).

TT captured bronze in the 11-12 girls relay courtesy a total team effort of Amelia Rajack, Amari Ash, Lyla Browne and Joy Blackett. The quartet clocked 4:27.50, one second behind silver medallist Bahamas (4:26.68). Bermuda copped the top spot in 4:20.11.

The 15-17 TT boys (Malik Nelson, William Reyes, Gabriel Bynoe, Aqeel Joseph) placed 4th in their relay, narrowly missing out of a medal. The 13-14 girls (Gabrielle Vickles, Arielle Dickson, Neishelah Caseman and Zoe Anthony) placed sixth in their race.

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