There weren’t just local athletes on show at last Saturday’s Camperdown Classics with a 12 man delegation from India and a group of five from the Cayman Island participating at the meet inside the National Stadium.
It was a good all-round performance from the young ones from India who are in the island for three weeks with their training base at the Racers Track Club. Their best results came in the 800 metres with Tai Hiram Bahane leading the way after winning the Girl’s Class Three event in a new record time of 2:16.27, erasing the old mark of 2:18.66 done by Kimberly Brown of Manchester High in 2006.
Among the males it was also a record run by Anu Kumar in the Class Two 800 metres as he erased St. Jago High’s Keenon Lawrence’s one year-old record of 1:53.94 after winning in 1:53.78 three seconds better than second place finisher, Daniel Cunningham of Calabar who did 1:56.90. In another event, Nisar Ahmad finished second in the Boy’s Class Two 100 metres in 11.14 seconds.
Head of the Indian Delegation, Shikha Lodheshwa, spoke about the objectives of the athletes coming to Jamaica.
“We brought some 12 athletes with us to Jamaica to train at Racers Track Club for three weeks so we can get them to improve with their techniques and performances overall. Training in Jamaica is a plus for us as Jamaica is the best in the sport in the world and the Camperdown Classics was our first competition as we had one week of training before under the guidance of Jermaine Shand,” she said.