Barbados comes up short
Barbados fell just short of adding two more medals to their tally when the Central American and Caribbean Games continued in Veracruz Mexico earlier today.
Hurdler Gregmar Swift has put himself in a good position to add to Barbados’ medal tally of three –– one silver, two bronze –– after qualifying for the final of tomorrow’s men’s 110M hurdles. In today’s semi-final Swift finished first in the second heat in a time of 13.62, the fastest time going in to the finals.
The doubles team of Darian King and Haydn Lewis was just one set away from capturing the bronze medal against the Venezuelan pair of Roberto Maytin and David Souto, before faltering when it mattered most.
They failed to capitalize after taking the first set, eventually losing the 72-minute rubber on the tiebreak, 7-6, 2-6, 7-10.
There was also major disappointment for sprinter Levi Cadogan, who failed to line up for the start of the men’s 200m.
After earlier finishing fourth in his semifinal heat in a time of 21.16 to qualify, Cadogan was a no-show for the finals after apparently suffering an injury to his leg.
Using Twitter, the 19-year-old who had already captured a silver medal in the 100m, tweeted: “Sorry to disappoint Barbados by not running the 200m final but I’m having a problem with my leg so I decided to pull out.”
His teammate Fallon Forde failed to make it into the final eight, finishing sixth in the second semi-final heat in a time of 21.61.
Cuba won gold and silver in the event, with Roberto Skyers (20.47) and Reynier Mena (20.54) finishing one-two.
Third place went to Mexico’s Jose Herrera, in a time of 20.63.
In badminton, Andre Padmore was eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Guatemala’s Rodolfo Rodriguez in singles action, going down in straight sets 10-21, 7-21.
The mixed doubles pair of Dakeil Thorpe and Riviera Monyata bowed out at the round of 16 to Mexico’s Lino Munoz and Cynthia Gonzalez 14-21, 15-21.
The going was also extremely rough for the island’s squash teams, with both the men and women being comprehensively beaten.
While the men were defeated 2-1 by Trinidad and Tobago, the women were blanked 3-0 by Colombia.
Rhett Cumberbatch was the only one to put up any resistance, as he overcame Trinidad and Tobago’s Kale Wilson 11-9, 13-11, 11-5.
Neither his brother Gavin nor Shawn Simpson managed to win a set against Colin Ramasra and Nku Patrick respectively.