The Cayman Islands took a big squad to the CARIFTA Games in Nassau, Bahamas – 17 in total – and came back with two javelin medals, including gold for Alex Pascal in the boys Under-20s and bronze for Daneliz Thomas in the girls U-17s.
Coaches Kenrick Williams and Tyrone Yen were hoping for at least a couple more but there were a lot of first-timers in the squad who were there merely for the experience and hopefully they will come good in the future.
Minister of Sports Mark Scotland said: “Congratulations to Alex, Daneliz and the track association.
“It is no coincidence that Alex’s progress is partly because of government support.
“We helped him to get to Florida Air Academy and now he has a scholarship at the University of Missouri-Columbia through Kareem Streete-Thompson.
“We are talking to Kareem about taking two more athletes. They have to put their plans in place too, just like Alex and his father Richard did.
“They are not just representing themselves but their country, too.”
Predictably, Jamaica finished atop the medal table at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, 69 in total, including 29 gold, 25 silver and 15 bronze.
Bahamas finished second with 31 medals, including eight golds, 10 silvers and 13 bronze.
Trinidad and Tobago snatched eight golds, two silvers and 10 bronze, for 20 medals, while Barbados were fourth and also won 20 medals – four golds, 14 silvers and two bronze.
Jamaica dominated the relays on Monday, winning three of the four 4x400m, while breaking the record in the Under-20 race.
The Jamaicans were initially disqualified for a lane violation, but got reinstated after team officials protested.
Bahamian Shaunae Miller was one of the local favourites. She won the U-20 girls’ 400m on the opening day on Saturday and returned on Monday to seal the double by winning the 200m in a CARIFTA Games record time of 22.77 seconds.
Miller won a gold medal as well with the 4x100m relay team on Sunday after Jamaica dropped the baton.
Jamaica, after breaking the meeting record to win the boys U-20 4×400m were disqualified for a lane violation. The team officials protested and the record was reinstated.