Bermuda’s swimmers collected another ten medals on the final night of competition at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas last night to take the team’s haul to 39, a Carifta record for the island, with three more gold medals.
Prior to last night’s finals Bermuda had already bettered their 2016 achievement of 21 medals with 29 medals already won before yesterday’s competition at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau.
Payton Zelkin got the ball rolling with a gold in the opening final, the 11-12 girls 400 metres freestyle, which she won in 4mins 43.68 secs. Elan Daley finished seventh in the same event in 4:58.20.
However, she was soon on the podium again when she added to her medal haul with victory in the 50 metres freestyle in a time of 27.50.
Zelkin was third in that same event, taking the bronze after touching the wall in 28.66.
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Bermuda National Athletics Association President Donna Raynor announced that Bermuda has bid for the 2020 Carifta Games.
Bermuda’s bid is up against the current host Curacao who have also bid, Bermuda and Curacao will find out later this year who will win the bid.
The 2018 edition of the Carifta Games will see the Age Groups revert back to the Under 17 and Under 20 Age Groups, this decision has been made for various reasons but the most important the numbers with the current system in the Under 20 Age Group were beginning to dwindle especially the females.
Triathletes continued to dominate the Government Sports Awards, with Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy retaining their male and female Athlete of the Year titles at the Fairmont Southampton last night.
It was the fourth straight win for Butterfield, matching the four victories achieved by triple jumper Brian Wellman between 1992 and 95, while Duffy made it three wins on the trot and four in five years. Butterfield beat out swimmer Julian Fletcher and cyclist Dominique Mayho.
Duffy was an overwhelming favourite for the women’s accolade after claiming three world titles last year: the ITU World Triathlon series, the Xterra World Championship and the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. She also placed eighth in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was selected ahead of swimmer Rebecca Heyliger and rower Shelley Pearson.
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