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This day in Jamaican history: Jamaica at the CARIFTA Games in St Kitts and Nevis

Christopher Taylor
Written by Xavier Murphy

Jamaica’s athletes swept the 4×400-meter relay at the 44th staging of the CARIFTA Games in St Kitts and Nevis. The total number of medals won by Jamaica in the competition was 85: 41 gold, 25 silver, and 19 bronze.

The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). The games was first held in 1972 and consists of track and field events including sprint races, hurdles, middle distance track events, jumping and throwing events, and relays. The Games has two age categories: under-17 and under-20. Only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition. The Jamaican teams have dominated 39 of the 44 CARIFTA Games since inception.

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