Athletes pick up medals at CAC Games
Barbados’ athletes have finally come to the party at this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).
Kierre Beckles and Levi Cadogan are the toast of the town in Veracruz, Mexico after picking up bronze and silver medals respectively, to give Barbados their first pieces of silverware at the Games.
And earlier this evening, the country also took bronze in the squash mixed doubles competition thanks to the efforts of Gavin Cumberatch and Karen Meakins.
However, it was the athletics that understandably took centre stage.
Running out of lane four, Beckles placed third in the finals of the women’s 100m hurdles this afternoon. The 24 year-old former student of Lester Vaughan finished in a time of 13.47 seconds, behind the Colombian duo of Lina Florez and Briggite Merlano, who were both clocked at 13.19.
However, Florez was awarded the gold and Merlano the silver.
Her time though was way below her personal best of 13.01, and slightly slower than the 13.37 which she ran to place second at the 2013 Games.
Her performance followed that of Cadogan’s, who was unlucky not to have captured the island’s first gold medal in the men’s 100m yesterday.
The country’s fastest man ended in a deadlock with Honduras’ Rolando Palacios, with both runners crossing the finish line in 10.27 seconds.
But despite dipping at the line, Palacios was awarded the gold medal, with the photo finish having to be used to determine the winner.
The race was fiercely contested, with the top four places being separated by just two hundredths of a second.
Cuba’s Yaniel Carrero finished third in 10.28, while Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic was fourth in 10.29.
Cadogan will be hoping to go one better after qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 200m.
Running in the fourth and final heat, the 19-year-old finished third in a time of 21.17 to earn an automatic berth in the round of 16.
Another Barbadian, Fallon Forde, also sneaked into the semi-finals with the 16th fastest time of 21.48, after placing fourth in heat two.
The news was not so good off the track for Barbados, however, with one of its brightest hopes crashing out before the medal round.
The island’s number one tennis player, Darian King, failed to get past the Dominican Republic’s Victor Estrella, losing 0-6, 6-3, 3-6 in singles action.
He put that disappointment aside though, as he later teamed up with his Davis Cup partner, Haydn Lewis to blow past William Orantes and Yasiel Estrada 6-1, 6-1.
In squash, the mixed doubles pair of Meakins and Cumberbatch were 11-8, 11-8 winners over Bryan Bonilla and Nicolle Anckerman of Guatemala, en route to taking bronze.
However, there was no such success for the women’s double team of Nadia McCarthy and Kaitlin Jordan who went down 3-11, 4-11 to Guyana’s Ashley De Groot and Ashley Khalil.