The 21st Central American and Caribbean Games ended yesterday. In overall gold medals, Mexico leads (133), followed by Venezuela (113), Colombia (100), Puerto Rico (49), and the Dominican Republic (31). Here are excerpts from various articles with some of the results, focusing on Caribbean winners. Links are provided below:
The 4x400m relay squads and decathlete Maurice Smith sealed Jamaica’s athletics dominance at the CAC Games. Oral Thompson, 400m Hurdles winner Leford Green, Roxroy Cato and 400m runner-up Allodin Fothergill combined efforts to set a new Games record of 3:01.68 in the 4x400m Relay, just a tenth of a second faster than the time clocked by another Jamaican quartet in Cartagena 2006. Leford Green has run in both squads.
Bahamas came a close second in 3:01.82, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago (3:04.07), the Dominican Republic (3:04.68) and hosts Puerto Rico (3:04.98). A few minutes earlier, the “reggae girls”—Davita Prendergast, Nikita Tracey, Dominique Blake and Clora Williams—gifted Jamaica gold in a season best 3:32.31, beating Colombia, who set a national record 3:33.03, and Mexico third in 3:33.33.
Maurice Smith, the 2007 World Championships silver medalist, confirmed his dominance in the Decathlon with an 8109 total, just nine points shy of the CAC Games record, set by Cuba’s Raul Duany in 1998.
Steven Marrero (7506) and Marcos Sanchez (7311) claimed silver and bronze for Puerto Rico.
A close duel between 2007 World champion Donald Thomas and his compatriot Trevor Barry gave Bahamas its third athletics gold in Mayaguez.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Rhonda Watkins, the 2006 World junior champion, produced her second farthest legal leap in her life (6.67m) to break the 24-year old Games record (6.61m), set by Cuba’s Eloína Echevarría. The 22-year old was followed by Jamaica’s Jovanee Jarrett (6.52m) and Bahamas’ Bianca Stuart (6.50m).
For full articles, see http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=57858.html, http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tops-in-track—Jamaica-end-CAC-Games-on-a-high_7845371, and (in Spanish) http://www.mayaguez2010.com/es/noticias/ultimo-minuto.html
Photo of Maurice Smith from http://www.athlecac.org/index2.asp?Page=2&It=10&Lang=ENG