The Cayman Islands can now shift its focus from the pool to the track in London.
Cayman track and field athlete Kemar Hyman, 22, will be in action this weekend at the Olympics. The sprinter will be competing in the opening stages of the men’s 100 metres on Saturday, 4 August, at 4am Cayman time (10am British time).
Hyman, a stand-out at Florida State University, has a legitimate chance to reach the final. He ran a time of 9.95 seconds this year, setting a new Cayman record. If he were to advance to Sunday’s semis (at 1.45pm) and finals (at 3.50pm), he would likely have to contend with Jamaican giants Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
After Hyman gets going, Cayman’s other two track stars will tackle their heats. Cydonie Mothersill races in the women’s 200m on Monday, 6 August, at 1.20pm with hurdler Ronald Forbes leaping into the men’s 110m hurdles on Tuesday, 7 August, at 4.10am.
Hyman, Mothersill and Forbes will be looking to emulate the performances of swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser. Brett, 22, finished his 2012 campaign with a sixth place finish in the 50m freestyle, posting a time of 22.91 seconds on Thursday to end up ranked 32nd in the world. His second Olympic stint also resulted in a 12th place ranking in the 200m free and a 15th place ranking in the 100m free.
Shaune, 24, finished his third Olympics ranked 16th in the 100m free and 20th in the 200m free. Interestingly, he was slated to compete in the 100m butterfly but pulled out. Shaune stated it was not an easy decision.
“I’ve decided not to do the 100m butterfly on Thursday because the 100m and 200m free were my best two events which I concentrated on,” Shaune said.