Teen sensation Nickecoy Bramwell shatters Usain Bolt's  U17 400m record


Teen sensation Nickecoy Bramwell shatters Usain Bolt's U17 400m record

Festus Chuma 12:36 - 31.03.2024

Usain Bolt's U17 400m record was broken by Jamaican Nickecoy Bramwell at the Carifta Games, marking a historic achievement.

Jamaican youngster Nickecoy Bramwell broke Usain Bolt's long-standing boys' 400-meter U17 record at the 51st Carifta Games on Saturday, March 30.

On the first day of the event at Kirani James Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Bramwell, a 16-year-old student from Calabar High School, delivered a staggering performance, finishing the race in 47.26 seconds. 

This feat not only secured him the gold medal but also surpassed Bolt’s record of 47.33 seconds, which had remained unbeaten since 2002.

Grenada's Kemron Mathlyn clinched the silver with a time of 47.96 seconds, while Eagan Neely from the Bahamas took home the bronze, finishing in 48.16 seconds.

Paul Henry, another promising talent from Jamaica, ended the race in fourth place with a time of 48.63 seconds.

Bramwell's victory was especially significant, considering the concerns about his fitness leading up to the Games. 

After a less-than-stellar performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, doubts were raised regarding his readiness for the Carifta Games. 

 "It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I finally broke the record. I’ve been eyeing it since last summer, so it’s a great feeling that I could come here and achieve it. I just took my mind off [the injury] and put my mind on the record. That’s all. As easy as that," Bramwell told reporters.

In the race for silver, Mathlyn’s finish was noteworthy, driven by a desire to excel before his home crowd. 

Despite not entering the final among the top three fastest qualifiers, Mathlyn showcased his competitive spirit and strategy.

 "I feel amazing knowing that I didn’t come in with the top three fastest times, but I was still able to come back and get the second place," Mathlyn reflected.

The youngster acknowledged his tactical error in the early stages of the race but was determined to secure a top position.

 "I decided to go after him because at the starting I stayed back too much because I was feeling a little discomfort, but then I decided I wasn’t going to settle for anything behind second."

The Carifta Games also saw Jamaica's dominance in the Girls’ Under-17 400m event, where Natassia Fletcher won gold with a time of 54.32 seconds. Keyezra Thomas of the Bahamas and Tyra Fennton of Antigua and Barbuda completed the podium, finishing in 54.59 and 54.89 seconds, respectively.

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