Barbados loses CARIFTA gold | Loop News
Celebration of a record-breaking performance was cut short across Barbados today.
Barbadian athlete Kyle Gale, brought the island much pride yesterday, as he broke the record set by Jamaican track star Usian Bolt, in the Under-17 Boys’ 400 metres race at the CARIFTA games in the Bahamas. The St. Michael School student smashed Bolt’s record of 47.33 seconds, when he finished in a time of 47.07 seconds.
This triumph was shortlived however, as he was disqualified for a line infringement during that race, which placed him in breach of rule 163 (3a).
That rule states that “in all races run in lanes, each athlete shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish. This shall apply to any portion of a race run in lanes”.
This means that Bolt’s record remains, while Avindale Smith of Trinidad and Tobago will now take the gold.
Gale will have to refocus as he goes for glory once again this evening, in the Under-17 Boys’ 400 metres hurdles.
Meanwhile, Shanice Hutson won gold for Barbados this morning, after a throw of 41.56 in the Under-17 Girls’ discus.