Grenadian quarter miler Bralon Taplin treated his home fans to a blistering run to claim the 400m title at the Grenada Invitational on Saturday.

The 26-year-old sprinter easily dismissed the field to clock a speedy 44.92, well clear of the United States’ Vernon Norwood who was second in a time of 45.43.  Great Britain’s Dwayne Cowan was third with a time of 46.29.

Rusheen McDonald, the Jamaica national record holder, was fourth with a time of 46.35, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Asa Guevera following next in 46.92. 

The time was the third fastest in the world this season, bettered only by the United States’ Tyrell Richard’s 44.81 and Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who has the fastest time in the world this year at 44.60.

In the women’s equivalent, it was Jamaica’s Christine Day who dominated the field, coasting home in 52.48 to claim the top spot.  Jaide Stepter of the United States took second place in 52.38, with Travia Jones of Canada third in 53.90.

Three newcomers - Sara Dowden, Nathan Fletcher and Eli Zerpa - have been included on Grenada’s 13-member team to the 2019 CARIFTA Swimming Championships to be held in Barbados from April 11-25.

Grenada quarter mile star Bralon Taplin recorded the fastest set the fastest time over the distance so far this season after taking top spot at the Texas A&M Aggie Twilight on Saturday.

In blanket finish for the Caribbean, Taplin, competing for Texas A&M, cruised to the line in 45.26 well clear of second place Cayman Island athlete Jamal Walton who was third in 46.26.  Trinidad and Tobago’s Asa Guevara was third in 46.47.

Taplin’s finish beat the previous world-leading mark of 45.35 set by Houston’s Obi Igbokwe in Clemson last weekend.  The 28-year-old, World Championship finalist, has a personal best of 44.88 over the distance, which was set at College Station in the United States last year.  Earlier this season Taplin won the 300m in 32.49 seconds to equal the world-leading time for the 2019 indoor season.

 

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association Pat Butcher expressed satisfaction at the Calypso Girls maintaining their ranking in the International Netball Federation rankings released on Thursday but said their focus is solely on doing well at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool next summer.

Jamaica got their two-match tour of the Caribbean off to a rollicking start on Friday night with a 5-1 drubbing of Grenada at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium.

Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore has selected a 20-man squad of locally based players who will leave the island on Tuesday, August 14, for two international friendlies against Grenada and Barbados on August 17 and 21 respectively.

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