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Forbes, James add to Jamaica gold medal tally

Observer writer

Thursday, August 02, 2018

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Jamaica added four more medals, including two gold, all from female athletes on yesterday's fourth day of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games at the Roberto Melendez Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Shashalee Forbes in the 200m and Tiffany James in the 400m, struck gold, while Jodean Williams and Derriann Hill both took bronze in their respectyive events.

With the four additional medals, Jamaica's count increased and the island's athletes have now won 14 medals in track and field, seven gold, two silver and five bronze for 22 overall.

Forbes, who said she ran in pain from a sore right hamstring, and teammate Jodean Williams came into the straight in the lead but Williams was overtaken by Trinidad's Semoy Hackett just before the line for the silver medal.

Forbes won in a season's best 22.80 seconds (0.6m/s), Hackett clocked 22.95 seconds and Williams ran 22.96 seconds.

Forbes said she was excited that she managed to win while running in pain “I am in pain, I did not execute how I wanted to but I finished first so I am very excited.”

Because of the injury she said she did not go out too hard, but “then I saw an opportunity and I took it. I came here to win and I knew that it wasn't going to be easy and I am glad to take home the gold medal”.

Williams, who ran her personal best 22.88 seconds in the semi-finals on Tuesday but just missed the silver medal by 100th of a second, said she came into the final “with confidence and motivated to run my best and go home with a medal and that is what I did”. However, she admitted she was “a bit disappointed but I still have a medal, and that is an accomplishment for me”.

Rasheed Dwyer was fourth in the men's 200m in 20.41 seconds (0.9m/s) and Jahnoy Thompson fifth in 20.561 seconds as Bernardo Baloyes Nacas, who broke the Colombian national record twice on Tuesday in the first two rounds, pulled off a shock win, running 20.13 seconds to beat Panama's Alonzo Edward in 20.17 seconds with Trinidad's Kyle Greaux third in 20.26 seconds.

Edward had set the championship record 19.96 seconds in the semi-finals on Tuesday, just ahead of Greaux's 19.97 seconds personal best run after Baloyes Nacas had lowered his personal best to 20.00 seconds in the first semi-final.

James, who had looked comfortable in the semi-finals a day earlier, came off the last curve in third spot but caught the leaders including Hill and ran away to win in 52.35 seconds, beating the Dominican Republic's Fiordaliza Cofil, who took the silver medal in a personal best 52.72 seconds, with Hill taking the bronze in 53.30 seconds.

Despite a late charge, Rusheen McDonald could only manage fourth in the men's 400m final in a season best 45.70 seconds, while Steven Gayle was eighth in 46.97 seconds.

Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic won the gold medal in a season's best 44.59 seconds ahead of Cuba's Yoandys Lescay, who also had his best time this season of 45.38 seconds and Costa Rica's Nery Brenes took the bronze in 45.61 seconds.

Kateema Riettie, the first Jamaican athlete in action yesterday, finished sixth in the women's javelin throw with a best mark of 42.23m.

Colombia's Maria Murillo won the gold medal with 59.54m, Puerto Rico's Coraly Ortiz Nieves took the silver with 56.27m, while Cuba's Yulenmis Aguilar took the bronze with 55.60m.

Gleneve Grange was also seventh in the women's shot put with a best mark of 15.73m as Trinidad and Tobago's Cleopatra Borel won the gold medal with 18.14m overtaking Cuba's Yaniuvis Lopez Sago in the fifth round as the Cuban took the silver medal with 18.03m, while Mexico's Mari Orozco Castro took the bronze with a personal best 17.88m.

High jumper Clayton Brown was 10th after managing to clear 2.16m before failing three times at 2.19m.

Brown started jumping at 2.05m and was perfect until he failed on his first attempt at 2.16m.

There were no semi-finals in the 4x100m relays due to insufficient entries and will be run as straight final today when Jamaicans will go in search of more medals on the penultimate day.

Eight more medals will be available in seven events down to be contested.

Jordan Scott, who set a new personal best 16.55m in winning at the JAAA National Senior Championships in late June, and Odaine Lewis, who was second at the NCAA Outdoors Championships with a personal best 16.73m, will carry the nation's hopes in the men's triple jump.

Lewis was a former CAC Under-20 triple jump champion in 2014 and will hope to add a senior medal to his résumé and the path to the podium might be a little easier for the Jamaicans if Cuba's long jump world leader and 2018 world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarria fails to recover from a leg injury that forced him to withdraw from the long jump on Tuesday night.

Orlando Thomas will line up in the men's javelin throw finals and many-time women's high jump champion Saniel Atkinson-Grier will also be in the hunt for medals.

Meanwhile, in men's rugby, Jamaica defeated Guatemala 21-5, but suffered a 0-30 loss in women's action to the hosts Colombia.

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