Alex Pascal fulfilled his promise to return from the Central American and Caribbean Games with a javelin medal – but the gold medal eluded him by a mere 64 centimetres.
The Caymanian teenager improved his existing national record to 71.85 metres in Morelia, Mexico, to take silver behind Mexican Carlos Armenta who threw 72.49m. Another Mexican, Jose Lagunes (69.64m), took the bronze.
Although Pascal talked before the Games of coming home with the gold medal, he was happy to grab silver against rivals much older and experienced athletes.
“Silver is just as good as gold for me,” the 18-year-old thrower said. “I was the baby in the field and no-one as young as me has won silver at these Games before.”
Pascal recently started working with his new Cuban coach, Roberto Diaz, who is based in Cayman until September.
Improvements were instant. Diaz said he was pleased with Pascal’s performance and it was the sort of distance he predicted.
Diaz feels that the youngster is still too reliant on his upper body strength but once he gets his legs in sync and perfects his run up and technique, much further throws will come. Pascal’s hectic schedule continues this weekend in Bermuda at the Island Games, which serves as a warm up for the Pan Am Juniors in Colombia next month.
Cayman’s men at the CAC Games in the 100m were Tyrell Cuffy and Rhymiech Adolphus who both ran 10.66 seconds but did not advance to the final. Carl Morgan in the long jump did not record a distance.
Cuffy, Adolphus, Morgan and David Hamil ran in the 4x100m relay, recording 40.27 seconds in their heat to reach the final where they finished eighth.