Nesta Carter won the men’s 100m finals at the CAC Games in Colombia on Monday night. It was Jamaica’s third gold medal of the night.
The 32-year-old Jamaican got to the line first in 10.07s, a season’s best, leaving Jason Rodgers of St. Kitts/Nevis (10.15) and Antigua and Barbuda’s Cejhae Greene (10.16) in his wake.
“I feel good coming out here – it’s not the best conditions here in Colombia but we are making the best of it – running a season’s best, I am very pleased with it,” Carter said afterwards.
“I am very pleased with the 10.07.”
Greene set the championship record of 10.00 in the semi-finals on Sunday.
The final was marred somewhat by a false start during which many of the runners failed to hear the second gun. This meant that several of the athletes including Barbados’ medal prospect Mario Burke ran well hard up to 70 metres before he realized the race had been called back.
Having heard the second gun early, Carter stopped after about 25m.
However, the runners did have a chance to recover as there was a lengthy delay during which the judges determined that Barbados’ Steve Ellis had false started and subsequently disqualified.
Carter’s victory means Jamaica won three gold medals on the night to move their overall gold medal tally to six and 14th medal overall. The country has won five medals since the track and field programme began – three gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Source: Leighton Levy