Forbes leaps for kudos in Mexico

Ronald Forbes headlines the list of Caymanian athletes now competing in Mexico. 

Forbes, 29, is racing in the Men’s 110-meter Hurdles event on Thursday at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games. The Heriberto Jara Athletic Stadium in Veracruz will serve as the venue from 12:25 p.m. Cayman time. The North Side native will be looking to post a qualifying time for Friday’s finals. Forbes has not impressed of late, with his last international showing being at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He failed to advance out of his preliminary heat, finishing fifth with a time of 13.89 seconds. 

Cayman’s beach volleyball tandem of Olney Thompson, 47, and Keith Higgins, 46, are expected to play their second match on Thursday at 4 p.m. Cayman time. Thompson and Higgins are expected to face Eargenell De Cuba and Mitchel Daniel of Aruba in their Pool C preliminary contest. Mexico’s Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen and Cuba’s Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez are the other competitors in the group. 

The sailing contingent continues to compete. Florence Allan, 16, is taking part in the Women’s Laser Radial and ranked 15th through four races. Jesse Jackson, 15, is competing in the Men’s Laser event and sits 15th through four races. Shane McDermot, 16, tackles the Sunfish category and ranks 11th through four races. 

On the squash side of things, Cameron Stafford, 22, and Marlene West, 42, took part in the semifinals for the mixed doubles segment. The Cayman team battled the top-ranked Colombia squad on Wednesday. The men’s doubles tandem of Julian Jervis, 17, and Alexander Frazer, 21, were eliminated in the quarterfinals by bronze medallists El Salvador and finished fifth overall. On the singles side, Jervis lost his opening match in the round of 32 to Israel Abrego of El Salvador while Stafford was eliminated in the round of 16 by Joseph Chapman of the British Virgin Islands.  


Ronald Forbes hopes to post a good result in Mexico. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES


Florence Allan is one of Cayman’s best sailors. – PHOTO: FILE

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