Youths did well

Cayman’s young athletes did exceptionally well at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Inida.

Coach Tyrone Yen is pleased that they could compete at such a level and hold their own, making semi-finals and finals in many of the events entered.

He is looking forward to having most of the same athletes and others compete in the 2011 CYG, as they will then be the older and faster athletes.

Chef de Mission in Pune, Richard Parchment, feels that despite the age disparity, Cayman did very well and the athletes made Cayman proud of their efforts and personal records established at the Games.

Today, some of the athletes will visit a partner school as part of the ‘Bond Forever’ programme developed by the culture committee.

The school chosen for the Cayman Islands team is the DES Secondary School. The children will share ideas, knowledge, cuisine and culture and create a bond between each other that will last beyond the CYG 2008.

The closing ceremony is tomorrow, then they have a free day on Sunday to see the sights of Pune.

The delegation arrives in Cayman via Miami on Monday at 8:15 pm local time.

In the 100 metres Chantelle Morrison made the finals with a second place position in her semi-final heat of 12.50 seconds. She ran a great final finishing eighth in 12.15 seconds.

Travis Webb made the finals of the high jump. Ashleigh Nalty and Jahzenia Thomas qualified for the finals of the long jump.

In the women’s 100m relay Cayman were fifth with a time of 50.84 seconds, but did not advance to the finals.

In the women’s long jump final, Nalty was tenth with a jump of 4.99 metres and she was a credible fourth in the high jump final with a leap of 1.71m.

Webb qualified for the long jump and high jump finals held yesterday.

Joseph Suberan was third in his 200m heat, and qualified for yesterday’s semi-s with a time of 22.69secs.

Steven Reid was second in his heat, and qualified for the semis with a time of 22.34secs.

In the women’s discus Alexandra Terry competed in yesterday’s final.