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Sebastian Coe, World Athletics president, impressed by Belize’s Demetrie Meyers: “terrific piece of running”

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2023. 10:38 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Demetrie Meyers, the Carifta Games Under-17 Boys’ champion at 1500 and 3000 meters, turned a lot of heads over the weekend in Nassau, Bahamas – including a man who knows a thing or two about middle-distance sprinting.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe, a double Olympic gold medalist and former record-holder at 800 and 1500 meters in the 1980s, told Sportsmax in an interview that he thought Meyers’ “brave” racing “was a terrific piece of running… That’s a hard way to run. I tried that myself…it’s a lonely journey.”

Meyers won both races while running from the front. In a later interview, he said he had been going for the 1500-meter Carifta Games record but a pulled hamstring hampered him.

Coe noted that performances like what he witnessed from the young Belizean (based in Haverford, Pennsylvania) are why the Carifta Games is an event that has a permanent place on his travel itinerary.

Meyers’ two gold medals, Belize’s first at the Carifta Games, placed us sixth in the boys’ medal table and 12th overall. Regional sprinting powers such as Jamaica, Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago led the way.


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