• Drama in Carifta: 5K leader celebrates victory at bell lap; officials argue he has one more to go
With some drama concluded the Boys U20 5000m final at the 2016 Carifta Games on Monday night in Grenada's national stadium.
Boys U20 race leader Bahamas Benjamin Najman started to celebrate his 5000m victory when suddenly the race officials rang the bell announcing the final lap. While other athletes stayed in the race the meeting officials turned to Najman asking him to return to the race or he gets DQ. Najman stayed strong to his beliefs that he had completed the 5000m and refused to return to complete the lap. Meanwhile Jamaica's Shane Buchanan had completed the "final" first and was announced the boys U20 5000m Carifta champion.
However some moments later officials realized that they had miscounted laps and had made other runners to race extra lap. Najman was later given back his Carifta boys U20 5000m crown back, while Jamaica's Shane Buchanan reduced to silver medal.
Results Boys 5000 Meter Run UNDER 20 ======================================================================= World: W 12:37.35 5/31/2004 Kenenisa Bekele, ETH Carifta: C 14:34.34 4/5/2010 Kemoy Campbell, Jamaica World Junior: J 12:47.53 7/6/2012 Hagos GEBRHIWET, ETH Name Year Team Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Najman, Benjamin Bahamas 15:24.25 10 2 Buchanan, Shane Jamaica 15:32.25 8 3 Gordon, Garfield Jamaica 15:41.43 6 4 Tudor, Odwin Guyana 16:01.27 5 5 Smith, Tyler Bermuda 16:07.35 6 Mc Kenzie, Matthew Guyana 16:10.87 3 7 Nardin, Alvin Guadeloupe 16:12.62 4 8 Ferreira, Jabez Dominica 16:50.41 2 9 John, Ryan St. Vin & Gren 18:24.27 1 -- Mitchell, Sherlon Grenada DNF