Swimming sensation Alia Atkinson claimed her second gold medal in her first two days competing at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Atkinson, who had earlier clocked the fastest time of 2:19.65 to win heat one in advancing to the final, lowered the 2:19.00 mark set by Carolyn Adel in 1998.
Puerto Rico’s Vanessa García won the women’s 100m freestyle clocking a games record 55.00. Panama’s Edgar Crespo Echeverría won the men’s 50m breaststroke in 28.49 seconds. The Caribbean had cause for further celebration in the men’s 100 meters backstroke as Barbadian Nicky Neckles claimed silver. Neckles, who has competed in three Olympic Games, touched the wall in 56.44 seconds, narrowly ahead of Mexico’s Miguel Castro, who was third in 56.45. The event was won by Venezuelan Albert Subirats in a time of 56.06 seconds. Shaune Fraser of the Cayman Islands clocked 50.26 seconds to clinch bronze in the men’s 100 metres freestyle, trailing home behind winner Subirats, who finished just outside his record in the event.
Photo: Alia Atkinson competing in China.