Gold, 3 silver, 1 PB for Saint Lucia at OECS

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Gold, 3 silver, 1 PB for Saint Lucia at OECS
Albert Reynolds, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Championships 2011, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (AP Photo, Ricardo Arduengo)
Albert Reynolds, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Championships 2011, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (AP Photo, Ricardo Arduengo)

The 3rd Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Invitational Track & Field Championships came off on Sunday at the Silver Jubilee Stadium in Basseterre, St Kitts-Nevis with over 80 athletes from six territories on show.

The relatively young Saint Lucia team came away with a gold and three silver medals from their six events.

Earning the solitary gold for the all-male contingent was Albert Reynolds, defending the javelin throw title he copped at this same venue in 2012. On that occasion, he had a best throw of 71.55m on his final attempt. This time he threw 70.97 on his first attempt but he was unable to improve on his winning mark or his 72.86m national record.Once again, the 25-year-old from Babonneau beat Emron Gibbs (67.00m) of Grenada and Andre Basil (61.93m) from the Commonwealth of Dominica with whom he shared the podium with in 2012.

In the high jump, London 2013 Olympian Darvin Edwards won this meet with 2.20m last year, besting Brendan Williams of the Commonwealth of Dominica. But Brendan turned the tables on the OECS record holder this time around.Both men cleared 2.15m but Brendan did so on his first attempt whilst Darvin needed two tries, as had also been the case at 2.10m where the defending champion had opened his campaign.

The other two silver medals went to junior athletes. Nicarge Arnold ripped off a personal-best mark of 7.30m in the long jump, albeit with a 3.9 metre-per-second wind (he also had a legal effort of 7.16m) to reset his career-record mark. The 19-year-old’s previous best was 7.24m; the Saint Lucian champion was second to Calvert Chiverton (7.47m) of St Kitts-Nevis.

On the track, 18-year-old Marbeq Edgar took silver behind Trinidad & Tobago’s CARIFTA champion Mark London in the men’s 800m. London ran 1:56.09, Edgar clocked 1:57.38, both well short of their best.Also representing Saint Lucia in Basseterre was 22-year-old sprinter Corneil Lionel who was fifth in the 200m, running 20.91 – just shy of his personal best mark – with a tailwind of +4.7 metres per second.

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  1. Son of helen I agree......well deh have been ongoing talks from 09 about and economic union between trinidad and the oecs...I'm not to sure how much progress has been made....but if they are already taking part in oecs events I guess the integration is at an advanced stage.

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    • They've (Trinidad) actually shed that idea in favour of CSME, it was proposed by their previous government. They actually wanted the OECS to join Trinidad but the OECS refused and asked them to join us if they wanted to. Trinidad sees us as a drag on their economy and I don't see it happening due to the disparity in size, population and economies. Maybe the guy is of dual citizenship.

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  2. On the track, 18-year-old Marbeq Edgar ran 1:57.38 to take silver behind Trinidad & Tobago’s CARIFTA champion Mark London.
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    Why is Trinidad & Tobago competing in an OECS thing? Trinidad is not a territory of the OECS (the Little Ones) so therefore, that Mark person should be disqualified...what a farce, unless SNO has it wrong.

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