Hyman just misses spot in final

Kemar Hyman came within a fraction of reaching the 100-meter final at the Pan Am Games in Toronto on Wednesday. 

The 25-year-old Caymanian sprinter ran 10.17 seconds in the first semifinal, fourth overall in his race.  

The first three finishers in each semifinal were the only guaranteed runners to advance.

Hyman hoped that his respectable time would be enough to get him through to the final a couple of hours later, but a few minutes after that he frustratingly saw American BeeJay Lee (10.15) and Barbadian Levi Cadogan (10.16) edge him out.  

The fastest performances in the semifinals were by Canada’s Andre De Grasse (9.97) and Antoine Adams (10.05), who runs for St. Kitts and Nevis. 

The only Cayman athlete still in competition is sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes, who competes on Friday morning in the 110m hurdles.  

Forbes has overcome injury and poor form in recent months and hopes to reach the final.  

Cayman sent seven athletes to the Games in Canada, which will continue until July 26.  

As well as Hyman and Forbes, beach volleyball players Chante Smith-Johnson and Illean Powery, gymnast Morgan Lloyd and swimmers Brett Fraser and Lara Butler made the trip.  

Fraser reached the final of the “B” category men’s 50-meter freestyle and finished 13th overall.  

Butler reached the “B” final of the women’s 200m individual medley and also finished 13th overall. The volleyball duo lost all five of their matches. 

Ronald Forbes

Ronald Forbes is the last remaining Cayman athlete to compete in the Pan Am Games. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

Pan Am Games

Kemar Hyman, far left, came within a fraction of a second of qualifying. – PHOTO: Allan V. Crane, via Cayman Islands Olympic Committee

Kemar Hyman

Kemar Hyman in action at the Pan Am Games. – Photos: Allan V. Crane, courtesy of Cayman Islands Olympic Committee