• Drama in Carifta: 5K leader celebrates victory at bell lap; officials argue he has one more to go

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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
  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      
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