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Shane shines

Brathwaite cops the bronze medal in 110M hurdles

Shane Brathwaite captured Barbados’ third medal at the 2015 Pan American Games at the CIBC Pan Am Park Stadium in Toronto, Canada, today.

Brathwaite ran a personal best 13.21 seconds to take the bronze medal in the 110-metres hurdles behind David Oliver of the United States who won gold in a Pan American Games record time of 13.07 seconds. The silver medal went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Mikel Thomas who stopped the clock at 13.17 seconds.

David Oliver (right) wins the gold medal ahead of Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite.

David Oliver (right) wins the gold medal ahead of Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite.

Barbados had another entrant in the race, Gregmar Swift, who finished fourth, also in a personal best time of 13.28 seconds. Both improved on their earlier times in the heats where Brathwaite ran 13.36 to win Heat 2 and Swift, 13.40, to win Heat 1.

The 110m hurdles event was all the more remarkable since the athletes basically had to run it twice. The race was called back after the start but some of the athletes didn’t hear it. Oliver ran cleanly over every hurdle, and was so focused that he didn’t hear a late, second gun malfunction around the fourth hurdle. He completed the race in 13.17 seconds before realizing that he would have to do it all over again. The athletes were given just over 30 minutes to regroup.

Barbados, who are represented at the games in the 4 x 400m by Tia-Adana Belle, Nadia Cummins, Sonia Griffith, Sade Sealy and Sada Williams, qualified for tomorrow’s final with a third-place time of 3.31.72, a season best. Their semi-final was won by Cuba in 3.28.15 with the Bahamas third in 3.31.18, both times being their season best.

Late tonight Barbados also qualified for the men’s 4x100m final finishing second in their heat behind Trinidad and Tobago. With Burkheart Ellis running anchor, Shane Brathwaite, Levi Cadogan and Nicholas Deshong set a new national record of 38.65 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago had a time of 38.52 seconds while the Dominican Republic were third in 38.67 seconds.

In the other qualifier Antigua and Barbuda ran a blistering 38.14 to make the final with a new Pan American record time. The United States were second in a time of 38.29 seconds while Canada were third in 38.39, a season best. Jamaica squeezed into the final as one of the two fastest from the heats outside the top three.

Barbados’ bronze medallist Akela Jones in the high jump at these games, finished outside the medals in the long jump. Jones set a personal best distance of 6.60 on her fifth jump but that was only good enough for sixth place. The gold medal was won Canada’s Christabel Nettey with Bahamian Bianca Stuart taking the silver with a jump of 6.69 and Sha’Keela Saunders third at a distance of 6.66.

 Jamaica’s women also qualified for the 4x100m final winning their semifinal in a time of 42.82 seconds, ahead of Canada in 42.98 seconds and the third place Brazil in a time of 43.24.

It was a generally good day for the Caribbean in Toronto. Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott won gold in the javelin with a throw of 83.27. The United States’ Riley Dolezal took silver with a season best throw of 81.62 while Brazilian Julio Cesar De Oliveira’s 80.94 got him the bronze medal.

 Yesterday Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer broke a 44-year-old Pan American Games record when he ran 19.80, eclipsing the 19.86 posted by Jamaican Don Quarrie in 1971, to qualify for today’s final of the 200 metres.

However, Dwyer could not replicate that form today, running 19.90 to take the silver medal behind Canada’s Andre De Grasse who captured the gold with a personal best of 19.88. Panamanian Alonso Edward won the bronze in a time of 19.90, his season best.

For De Grasse, son of a Barbadian father and Trinidadian mother, it meant he achieved the sprint double having won the 100m yesterday before his adoring Canadian fans. De Grasse’s winning time in the 200m was the first time a Canadian athlete had run sub-20 seconds in that event.

Simone Facey of Jamaica clocked 22.74 to win the bronze medal in the 200 metres. She trailed Kaylin Whitney who won gold in a time of 22.65 and her American compatriot Kyna Jefferson who clocked 22.74 to take the bronze.

The Cubans had a terrific day on the field in the discus and triple jump.

Denia Caballero threw the discus 65.39m to win gold while her compatriot Yaime Perez took the silver medal with a throw of 64.99. The United States’ Gia Lewis-Smallwood won bronze with a distance of 61.21.

 Pedro Pichardo showed his quality once again with a jump of 17.54 to win the gold medal. Bahamian Leevan Sands triple jump was measured at 16.99, a season best, to give him the silver medal, while Ernesto Leve of Cuba won bronze with a jump of 16.94.

Tomorrow Emily Kinch and her horse Teddy du Bosquetiau will also be in action in equestrian sport.

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