Pascal opens well ahead of rest

Javelin star Alex Pascal opened his season in style with an impressive throw on Friday for his university.

Taking part in the Embry-Riddle University’s last chance meet in Daytona Beach, Florida, Pascal, 18, who attends Florida Air Academy, participated as an unattached athlete. He won with a throw of 67.43 metres and set a new track record by 11 metres.

To demonstrate how far ahead he is of his peers, the second placed athlete threw 50.74m, almost 17 metres less. The Cayman Islands government has acknowledged his potential and is backing Pascal as much as possible.

Pascal’s father Richard said: “Alex said that he used this meet to test his arms out, as it was his first meet in six months after taking a break to focus on school. He has started back training, trying to get back in things, as his last CARIFTA Games is approaching next month.

“We are currently working on getting him off to Cuba for a week or so, during spring break, just before the CARIFTA Games, to do some fine tuning,” he added. “We wish we can get more time for him, but he will have to make the best of the little time he gets.”