Hundreds of track and field fans showed up at the Silver Jubilee Stadium on Sunday (10th June) to witness the meet which saw high calibre presentations by all participating countries.
After the disappointment last week of not being able to see sprint icon Kim Collins complete his race at the National Championships,(due to injury), spectators were given a delight as they witnessed a brilliant performance from the sprint star, who ran a time of 10.09 seconds in his 100m dash to the finishing line.
Collins was followed by Brijesh Lawrence with a time of 10. 21 seconds and third was Jason Rogers with a time of 10.26. Collins was greeted with resounding cheers from the crowd, when his name was announced to be participating in the race. The noise boom was even more deafening following his comfortable victory.
Kim Collins stated, following the race, that that he is feeling well, despite having some pains in the groin and that he wanted to run a faster time, but the body did not permit him to do so, and he is happy with the performance.
He added that last week was a big disappointment but he redeemed himself and he knows the fans are happy as well.
Collins further announced that he will be taking a little bit of rest and looking forward to see what “jolly August and September” hold for him.
Other top performances of the day came from Virgil Hodge who placed second in the female 200m with a time of 23.54 seconds behind Janelle Redhead of Grenada, who ran 23.21. Hodge however recovered by winning the 100 meters in a time of 11.39 seconds.
Lestrod Roland won the Men’s 200 meters with a time of 20.95 seconds ahead of Joel Redhead of Grenada who ran in 21.28.
Tiandra Ponteen was involved in another close race with Kineke Alexander of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines who for the 2nd week running, edged her out to claim the women’s 400 meters.
An competitive encounter was also witnessed in the men’s High jump, where Darvin Edwards of St. Lucia and Brendan Williams of Dominica, who tied for first place in the event. Both gentlemen were stumped at 2.28 meters.
Adrian Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis, despite not finishing to win a medal position, broke the National Record, which he set last weekend, establishing a new record of 62.76 metres, but still only managed to place fourth, behind Andre Basil of Dominica who threw 64.02 meters, Emron Gibbs of Grenada 66.45 meters, and Albert Reynolds of St. Lucia with 71.55 meters.