May 19, 2024

MARTINICA.- A total of eight new times were set at the Meeting d’Athlétisme de la Martinique held this Saturday at the Louis Achille Stadium on the island of Martinique, where sprinter Rikkoi Brathwaite of the British Virgin Islands claimed one of those marks.

Brathwaite equaled the 100m record this evening, winning the event with a time of 10.04 seconds (+0.9); Jose Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic set that mark last year.

The bronze medalist in the 100 meters flat in the last Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, overcame in Martinique, the representative of Gambia, Ebrahima Camara (10.19 – SB) and the Dominican Melbin Marcelino (10.25 – SB).

The event was attended by 248 athletes from 26 delegations from the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Europe, and also included in its calendar a men’s and women’s 100 meter Para athletics competition.


The first new record of the day at the Meeting d’Athlétisme de la Martinique was in the men’s 100m B (national) final A, when Marc-Antoine Saban crossed the finish line in 10.73 (+1.7), beating Mehdi Jean-Elie’s time of 10.92 from the previous version.

The celebration of the new marks of the event continued in the men’s discus throw, when Frenchman Tom Reux won the event with 67.91 meters in his fourth attempt, breaking the record previously set by his compatriot Lolassonn Djouhan, who threw for 66.33m. The previous record was held by Cuban Mario Alberto Diaz with 63.69.

Gina Mariam Bass of The Gambia in the women’s 100m, was the third athlete to break a record in this Meeting when in the heats of the event, she won with a time of 11.05 seconds (-0.2) to qualify for the final, leaving behind the 11.08 of Cuba’s Yunisleidy Garcia who did it in the last edition. Later, Bass broke her own record and won first place with a time of 10.93 (+0.5).

Gina Mariam Bass of The Gambia, after setting a new record in the 100 meters at the Meeting d’Athlétisme de la Martinique with a time of 10.93. (CREDIT: RICHARD BAZIL / CENTRO CARIBE SPORTS)
Gina Mariam Bass of The Gambia, after setting a new record in the 100 meters at the Meeting d’Athlétisme de la Martinique with a time of 10.93. (CREDIT: RICHARD BAZIL / CENTRO CARIBE SPORTS)

Qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Gina left behind Gémina Joseph of France and native of French Guiana (11.07) and Taylor Anderson of the United States (11.27).

Diana Iscaye of France, joined the list of athletes who set new records in this tournament, when she took the A final of the 400 meters, with a time of 52.66 seconds, breaking the previous time of Cuba’s Lisneidy Veitía of 52.96 in 2023.

In the same 400 meters event but in the men’s A final,, Cheikh Tidiane Diouf of Senegal, set the new mark with 45.03 seconds, getting very close to the minimum mark (45.00) to qualify directly to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games; breaking the one set by Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago last year (46.29).

The sixth new record of the event was in the women’s 200 meters, when in Final A, American Kynnedy Flannel won the competition with a time of 23.30 seconds (+1.1), beating the 23.61 of Paméra Losange of France in 2023.

Ebony Morrison, representative of Liberia, in a close race of the women’s 100m hurdles, beat Paula Salmon of the United States with a time of 12.84 seconds (+2.0), who clocked 12.85. With that mark, Morrison broke the one held by Laeticia Bapté (13.03) from last year.


At the Martinique Meeting, several athletes competed with already assured tickets for the next Olympic Games to be held in Paris 2024, as part of their preparation for the universal sporting event. The following is a list of them. A continuación, desglosamos la lista de ellos.

231FRAIlionis GuillaumeIn World Rankings quota
341DOMYeral NúñezIn World Rankings quota
181FRAGémina JosephQualified by Entry Standard
191GAMGina Mariam BassQualified by Entry Standard
461GAMEbrahima CamaraIn World Rankings quota
341IVBRikkoi BrathwaiteIn World Rankings quota
481SENCheikh Tidiane DioufIn World Rankings quota
321LCAMichael JosephQualified by Entry Standard
401LBREbony MorrisonIn World Rankings quota
361MADSidonie FiadanantsoaIn World Rankings quota
202FRALaeticia BaptéQualified by Entry Standard
Data obtained from the World Athletics website on May 19, 2024.


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