Akanye Samuel-Francis secured St. Kitts and Nevis’ lone gold medal at the CARIFTA 50 Championship, so far, with a spectacular performance to win the U17 400m hurdles title. He clocked a time of 54.14 seconds to claim the top spot.
With 80m left in the race, Akanye began his surge to the front, racing in the outermost lane. He held his composure and by the time her cleared the last hurdle he had established a sizeable lead over the other competitors. He willed himself across the finish line, fell on his back and threw his hands in the air in triumph.
Akanye, who attends the Basseterre High School, finished outside off the podium in the same discipline at last year’s CARIFTA Games but returned to this Jubilee edition to earn victory.
Jamaicans Deandre Gayle and Demarco Bennett finished second and third in 55.10seconds and 55.27 seconds, respectively.
Akanye’s victory carried St. Kitts and Nevis medal tally to three, the others being silver and bronze.