Denzel St. Marthe was just 15 years old when he made his CARIFTA debut at Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 2011. He captured silver in the under-17 boys javelin throw.
But he was not to make his way back to the Games for another two to three years, competing in the under-20 division at Fort de France, Martinique, in 2014.
This year, after winning the Independence Championships and the Inter-School Championships, St. Marthe was back at the CARIFTA Games.
Competing at the newly-renamed Kim Collins Stadium in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Marthe lined up against a formidable field including last year’s bronze medallist, Denzel Pratt of the Bahamas and under-18 record holder, Anderson Peters of Grenada.
From the opening round, St. Marthe signalled his intent, launching the spear 63.70m to end the round in second place behind Peters. Pratt went 66.48m in the second round, Peters 69.20, and the youngster from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College was third.
He stayed that way to the end, improving to a career-best 64.31m in the fifth round to cement his bronze medal position. Pratt stayed at 66.48 and Peters improved to 70.09m.
The St. Mary’s College alumnus is now the first Saint Lucian to capture two medals in javelin throw. Maxwell Seals got an under-17 bronze in 1986, and Garvin Gill took an under-20 silver in 1992, whilst Albert Reynolds won under-20 gold in 2007.
Saint Lucia’s participation at the CARIFTA Games has now ended with two bronze medals.
Amber Lucien, Rochelle Lucien and Kamillah Monroque joined Denzel and Ace in setting personal-best marks in their events.