A post by Peter Jordens.
Here are seven Caribbean-born athletes who won a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio but for a non-Caribbean country (note: this list may or may not be complete):
- Kerron Clement, USA (born in Trinidad and Tobago), track & field, men’s 400m hurdles.
- Jean-Michel Lucenay, France (born in Martinique), fencing, men’s team epée.
- Teddy Riner, France (born in Guadeloupe), judo, men’s 100+ kg.
- Danell Leyva, USA (born in Cuba), gymnastics, men’s horizontal bar and men’s parallel bars.
- Asuka Cambridge, Japan (born in Jamaica), track & field, men’s 4 x 100m relay.
- Orlando Ortega, Spain (born in Cuba), track & field, men’s 110m hurdles.
- Dimitri Bascou, France (born in Martinique), track & field, men’s 110m hurdles.
The men’s 110m hurdle event deserves special mention as a triumph of completely Caribbean origin, with Omar McLeod (born in Jamaica and competing for Jamaica) winning the gold medal, while the above-mentioned Orlando Ortega and Dimitri Bascou won silver and bronze respectively. The photo (credited to Julian Finney) shows Ortega, McLeod and Bascou from left to right. Also see http://news784.com/all-caribbean-born-win-in-110-m-mens-hurdles.