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Standout Athlete! Adaejah Hodge’s Clean Sweep Helps BVI To Historic Carifta Finish

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With three gold medals, Adaejah Hodge, the standout athlete at the 49th Carifta Games in her first bite of the regional competition, helped the British Virgin Islands secure seven medals and the highest finish of third in the overall medal count.

On the final day of the competition on Monday, April 18, at the National Stadium in Jamaica, Hodge ran 23.43 to win the U-17 Girls 200m ahead of Jamaica’s Sabrina Dockery (24.25) and Theianna-Lee Terrelonge (24.64).

With the final day victory, Hodge added to her gold medals in the long jump and the 100m, which established a new Carifta Games record.

Her performance attracted much attention from regional media outlets and got the attention of Caribbean sprint-powerhouse Jamaica who finished at the top of the table with 90 medals.

Hodge’s scorching performance earned her the Sir Austin Sealy Award, named in honour of the founder of the Games and recognises the Carifta Games Most Outstanding Athlete.

The BVI’s fourth gold medal came at the hands of Savianna Joseph who threw 13.54m in the shot-put event. A’Keela McMaster showed great endurance to secure silver in the heptathlon.

McMaster would team with Kaelyaah Liburd, Kenyata Grate, Akrisa Eristee to bring home silver in the U20 Girls 4×4.

Jah’Kyla Morton secured the territory’s lone bronze when she scaled 1.6m. in the high jump.

The BVI fielded a 32-member contingent, the largest to represent the Territory at the CARIFTA Games.

Jamaica finished at the top of the medal table with 92 medals including 45 gold, 29 silver and 18 bronze. The top five were rounded out by the Bahamas (four gold, six silver, seven bronze), the British Virgin Islands (four gold, two silver, one bronze), Trinidad & Tobago (two gold, 10 silver, 11 bronze), and Guyana (two gold, three silver, two bronze).

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