Burke and Belle return

Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley (left) greeting Mario Burke.
Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley (left) greeting Mario Burke.

Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley today led an official welcoming party at the Grantley Adams International Airport as Tia-Adana Belle and Mario Burke returned home from competing at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Much of the spotlight was on Belle after the teenager won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles behind gold medal winner Helene Swanepoel of South Africa last Saturday. Belle ran a personal best of 58.42 seconds and became the first Barbadian female to medal at world championship level.

Burke, who had fitness issues during the meet, finished fifth in the 100 metres.

Lashley congratulated both athletes on their arrival and encouraged them to keep striving for excellence in their respective track disciplines.

In addition to the families of the athletes, also present at the airport was former Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch, himself a former Olympian, and currently the vice-president of the North American and Central American Confederation of the IAAF. He too congratulated and offered words of encouragement to the two athletes. National Sports Council chairman Seibert Straughan and veteran sports administrator Esther Maynard were also among the official welcoming party.

One Response to Burke and Belle return

  1. Michael Jules July 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    The statement “Belle ran a personal best of 58.42 seconds and became the first Barbadian female to medal at world championship level” is not an accurate statement.

    In 1998 Barbados sent a contingent to the 1st World Youth Games in Moscow Russia. This event was organized by the IOC and was for Under17 athletes. It was supposed to be held every 4 years.

    At those Games, Track and Field won two medals, the only medals from the contingent, which was also represented in Tennis, Table Tennis and Judo as well.

    Ryan Smith won a Bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in a time of 53.26

    Lucy Ann Richards won a bronze in the 200m in a time of 24.30.

    Please see the following link for verification and authentication of my comments.

    http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/wyg.htm

    It was a pleasure being able to assist you in getting the correct information out to the public.

    Reply

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