The English-speaking Caribbean has landed its first medal at the London Paralympic Games 2012. Not surprisingly, it’s a Jamaican. And it’s gold.
Alphanso Cunningham set a new regional record with a throw of 21.84m to win gold in the men’s F52/53 Javelin at the games today.
The 32-year-old, who is confined to a wheelchair, got the better of Iran’s Jokar Abdolreza who was second in 20.72m and Mexico’s Mauro Maximo de Jesus who took third position with a throw of 20.14m.
The victory over de Jesus and Abdolreza was especially sweet for Cunningham as the latter was the defending champion and world record holder, having entered the Games with a season best of 21.73 metres compared to Cunningham’s previous personal best of 20.19. De Jesus had defeated Cunningham at last year’s Para PanAmerican Games.
The talented Jamaican had been previously top of the podium at the 2004 Athens Paralympics when he won gold in the discus.
His compatriot Tanto Campbell was down to compete in the men’s discus F54/55/56 tomorrow while fellow Jamaican Sylvia Grant competes in the women’s Javelin on Thursday.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Carlos Greene produced a personal best in the men’s shot put yesterday. Competing in the F11/12 category for visually impaired field athletes, Greene threw the iron ball 10.87 metres to finish 11th in a field of 21.
Greene had opened the competition with a 9.59m effort. He then improved to 10.87m in round two, bettering his previous personal best of 10.71m by 16 centimetres. And in the third round, he