Caribbean Athletes Earn 16 Gold Medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports that Caribbean athletes collected four medals yesterday at the XIX Commonwealth Games taking place in Delhi, India.

Lansford Spence and fellow Jamaican Sheree Francis earned silver medals, while their compatriot Nickiesha Wilson and St Lucia’s Levern Spencer copped bronze on the fifth day of competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Athletes from the Caribbean have now won 16 medals, comprising three gold, seven silver, and six bronze. Spence increased the count, when he ran another personal best time of 20.49 seconds to trail England’s Leon Baptiste (20.45 secs) in the men’s 200 metres. “It was a tight race, but I kept my momentum going. I cannot complain about it, after all, I just did my personal best,” he told the TrackAlerts Web site. The Caribbean tally was enlarged in the women’s high jump, where Francis cleared 1.88 metres to take the silver medal, and Levern Spencer of St Lucia soared over the same height, but she had more knockdowns to finish third.

Nicole Forrester of Canada was the only jumper to clear 1.91 metres and she took the gold medal. “I expected to jump higher, but I have a little hamstring injury,” said Francis. Wilson added her medal in the women’s 400m hurdles, running 56.06 to finish behind Nigeria’s Muizat Odumosu (55.28) and Scotland’s Eilidh Child (55.62). “During the race, I started having problems with my (right) leg,” said Wilson. Today, there is a chance of more medals for the Caribbean in the women’s 200 final, where Cydonnie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands is one of the starters, and the women’s 100 hurdles final in which Aleesha Barber of Trinidad & Tobago and Andrea Bliss of Jamaica are qualifiers. (AP)

For original article, see http://guardian.co.tt/sports/other-sports/2010/10/10/caribbean-earns-16-gold-medals 

Photo of Nicole Forrester from http://www.athleticsontario.ca/Content/Records%20and%20Statistics/2006%20Canadian%20Senior%20Championships.asp

Photo of Sheree Francis at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, from http://www.jamaica-star.com/thestar/20100727/sports/sports1.html

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