Pascal breezes to Pan Am gold

Javelin sensation Alex Pascal continued his fantastic season with a gold medal at the Pan Am Juniors in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday.  

The 18-year-old Caymanian opened up with a throw of 68.69 meters, which placed him second and he took the lead and kept it with a 69.80m throw in the second round.  

Pascal could not better that until the last round with a personal best of 72.83m, which improved his Cayman Islands record.  

“I’m excited and really pleased. My attitude going into the competition was that regardless of what anyone threw, I was determined to match them,” he said. “All the hard work with my Cuban coach, Roberto Diaz, has paid off and I’m really grateful to him and Dalton Watler (president of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association) for hiring him.” Pascal practiced with the top Americans and Canadians the day before and was throwing so far that they admitted that the gold was meant for him. But he did not go in over confident.  

His father, Richard, who has given immense support, said, “I was so pumped up with pride afterwards I couldn’t sleep all night. 

“I was confident he was going to do it and watched it live online. Although the quality was poor, I was on the edge of my seat.” 

Cayman sent over another athlete, Ashleigh Nalty, 19, to compete in the women’s high jump. She was unplaced after failing to make a jump.  

Pascal barely has time to celebrate as he goes to the University of Missouri on a scholarship this week to study business management. 

The 18-year-old Caymanian opened up with a throw of 68.69 meters, which placed him second and he took the lead and kept it with a 69.80m throw in the second round. 

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Alex Pascal fulfilled his potential. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD