Jamaica leads Caribbean’s haul

Jamaica is easily the most successful Caribbean country at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and on Friday, when Usain Bolt makes his entry in the 100 meters relay, they expect more silverware.

Before Wednesday’s events, Jamaica had won five gold medals, three silvers and four bronzes.

Andrew Riley took 110m hurdles gold on Tuesday to complement his teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole’s 100m success in Glasgow.

Jamaica’s women had a clean sweep of medals in the 400m on Tuesday, with Stephanie McPherson taking gold, Novlene Williams-Mills the silver and Christine Day the bronze.

Williams-Mills has raced at all three Cayman Invitationals and apart from being a popular competitor here, is especially loved because she successfully overcame breast cancer two years ago.

Jamaica also won the women’s triple jump, through Kimberly Williams, who leapt 14.21 meters.

Their first gold came on Monday from O’Dayne Richards in the men’s shot put.

Other Jamaican silvers have been won by track queen Veronica Campbell-Brown in the 100m and female swimmer Alia Atkinson who won the 50m breaststroke and also grabbed bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

The other bronzes came from Nickel Ashmeade in the men’s 100m and Kerron Stewart (women’s 100m).

Jamaica’s world silver medallist Warren Weir can be relied for a medal too. He got his Commonwealth Games campaign off to a confident start on Wednesday.

Weir won the 200m sprint at the Cayman Invitational two years ago and then took bronze behind Bolt and Yohan Blake at the 2012 London Olympics.

Weir is the hot favorite to claim the 200m title on Thursday to make it a sprint double for Jamaica after Bailey-Cole’s 100m success. Bailey-Cole showed his potential at last year’s Cayman Invitational, pushing Bolt all the way in the 100m to a photo finish.

Weir lived up to expectations by cruising through his 200m heat in a comfortable time of 20.71 seconds.

Neither Bailey-Cole nor Ashmeade are competing in the 200m, but Weir has compatriots Jason Livermore and national champion Rasheed Dwyer for company.

Jamaica is hot favorite for relay gold when world record holder Bolt makes his only appearance at the Games.

Bolt is still suffering from a foot injury. The relay qualifying is on Friday, with the final on Saturday.

Of the other Caribbean countries, Bahamas are celebrating a first, a swimming silver, through Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in the women’s 50m butterfly in a national record time of 25.53 seconds.

Grenada have a gold and a bronze, thanks to Kirani James in the 400m on Wednesday and Kurt Felix in the men’s decathlon on Tuesday. Won is the Olympic 400m champion from two years ago when he was only 19. Trinidad and Tobago got their second medal, a bronze through Lalonde Gordon who was third in the 400m. Gordon won 400m individual bronze and 4x400m relay bronze at the London Olympics.

The Trinidadians had high hopes for Keshorn Walcott in the Commonwealth Games javelin because he unexpectedly won the London Olympics, aged only 19. But Walcott was not in the same sort of form and had to settle for bronze this time.

The highest medal winners by 3 p.m. Cayman time on Wednesday were England with 101, including 37 golds, Australia with 104 (34 golds) and Canada who had a haul of 50 (22 golds).

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