Two of the top athletes in the Cayman Islands had disappointing showings in Mexico.
Boxer Tafari Ebanks, 20, lost his only fight at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games. Ebanks was eliminated in Monday’s quarterfinals for the Men’s 56-kilogram bantamweight division, after Hector Luis Garcia, 23, of the Dominican Republic stopped the West Bayer in the first round. Sprinter Kemar Hyman, 25, failed to advance to the men’s 100 meter final, finishing sixth out of eight runners in his heat in a time of 10.78 seconds.
The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee noted that the loss for Ebanks was especially disappointing, saying, “Kemar Hyman ran but placed sixth in his heat, so he will not be advancing further. Tafari fought a tough competitor, but the referee called the fight, which seemed harsh as the boxer was clearly able to continue.”
Ebanks, who fought at the World Trade Center in Veracruz, had a first-round bye in the competition. A victory for Ebanks would have propelled him into Tuesday’s semifinals, with a chance to earn a medal. Hyman, who has not raced since September, ended up with his slowest time of the season. The George Town native previously won four consecutive European meets this summer, but tailed off after a 100m semis berth at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland – where his best time was 10.20 secs.
A number of local athletes are also competing. On Tuesday, squash players Julian Jervis, 17, and Alexander Frazer, 21, competed in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles while Cameron Stafford, 22, and Marlene West, 42, took part in the quarterfinals for the mixed doubles segment.
A pair of track athletes compete on Wednesday at the Estadio Heriberto Jara Corona. Ashleigh Nalty, 20, is in the Women’s High Jump at 2 p.m. Cayman time while Carlos Morgan, 28, tackles the Men’s Long Jump at 2:30 p.m. Cayman time.