Michael Letterlough is one of Cayman’s top athletes who has been working hard for years in the unusual field of hammer throw. He beat his own hammer throwing record recently with a qualifying distance of 62.22 metres, an increase of 1.1m, to reach the qualifying mark for the Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October.
Letterlough, 26, trains at the Canadian High Performance centre in Kamloops, British Columbia and his new mark was set at the Kamloops Meet two weeks ago. He is a full-time athlete, sponsored by the Cayman Islands government as an elite athlete having graduated from Florida International University five years ago with a degree in business administration with a concentration on finance.
“Training has been stellar,” he said. “I’ve hit a new personal best with various weighted training hammers as well as my competition hammer weight of 7.26kg. The season is just getting started for me. With the Pan Am games being held in October it makes it a longer season so my coach, Anatolyi Bondarchuk has adjusted my training so that I should be in peak form by then.”
At the Pan Ams are so late in the season, his main focus until then is to compete on smaller meets, train and compete. “I’m also looking forward to speaking at the East End Youth football camp. It’s always awesome to the increasing amount of kids interested in sports.”
He’ll be at home at the end of June for about three weeks, just returning for the Island Games being held in the Isle of Wight from 25 June to 1 July and preparing for the Caribbean and Central American Track and Field Championship in Puerto Rico. “Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be competing at home because there isn’t a competition, but I’d encourage the public to come out and watch my practices.”