Young T&T javelin thrower Tyriq Horsford and 400 metres sprinter Rae-Anne Serville claimed gold medals on Saturday as day two of the NACAC Under-18, 20 and Under-23 Championships continued at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Horsford delivered a distant 73.06 metres throw which came on his fifth attempt to hold off a dangerous Keyshawn Strachan from the Bahamas in the battle of the Under-23s.
Strachan, the silver medallist, took the early front position after moving from his 67.81 metres throw in his first attempt to 72.13 metres which threatened to be the winning throw early. Horsford with distances of 68.01 metres and 69.18 metres in his first two attempts were nowhere close to his best and he knew it. He fouled on his third effort before releasing 68.58 metres throw on his fourth attempt. With two attempts left, however, Horsford took the lead with his 73.06 metres. Strachan's last throw recorded 71.41 metres, while Armando Caballero delivered his best throw at 63.50 metres, which came on his third attempt for the bronze medal.
In the 400 metres Under-20 Women's sprint, Serville crossed the finish line in a time of 54.85 seconds to seal the win. She held off second-place Akrisa Eristee of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in 55.66 seconds and third Melanie Matamoros of Costa Rica (59.78) seconds.