Jamaica’s young sprint star Brianna Lyston got her campaign off to a brilliant start at the 49th staging of the Carifta Games at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday.
The 17-year-old Lyston, competing for the first time at Carifta Games 2022, took it very easy on her way to victory in semi-final two of the Girls’ Under-20 200m. Lyston clocked 23.93 seconds.
Guyana’s Keliza Smith (24.34) and Bermuda’s Caitlyn Bobb (24.78) joined Lyston as the automatic qualifiers from the semi-final heat into the final, which is scheduled for Monday’s third and final day.
Lyston’s teammate Kaylia Kelly is also safely through to the final after winning the first semi-final heat in 23.99.
The Jamaicans have the two fastest qualifying times heading into the final.
Jamaica also have the two fastest qualifiers going into the Boys’ Under-20 200m final.
Bryan Levell won his semi-final heat in an easy-looking 21.01 seconds to lead all qualifiers.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeem McKay (21.46) and Grenada’s Nazzio John (21.53) finished second and third, respectively.
Sandrey Davison was also easy in his semi-final heat. He clocked 21.26 seconds to beat Zion Campbell (21.33) of The Bahamas and Wanyae Belle (21.50) of the British Virgin Islands.
Jamaica’s Marchino Rose has the quickest time heading into the Boys’ Under-17 200m final with a 22.17-second clocking while his teammate Rickoy Hunter is the second quickest out of the semi-finals with 22.48 seconds.
In the Girls’ Under-17 200m, Sabrina Dockery is the second quickest out of the semi-finals with 24.16 seconds while her teammate Theianna Lee Terrelonge is third quickest with 24.80.
The impressive Adaejah Hodge of the British Virgin Islands is the quickest with a smooth looking 23.74.
Hodge is expected to secure the Girls’ Under-17 sprint double after taking the 100m gold on Saturday.