Cayman Islands track and field athletes claimed six medals in the Curacao Carifta games, including three gold medals.

The team came in sixth overall in the track and field medal count.

More than 600 athletes representing 26 countries competed in the 2017 games April 15-17.

Dominic Dyer won gold in the U-20 5,000 meter and bronze in the 1,500m.

“I think the team is pleased with their performance,” Dyer said from Curacao. “Some people feel they could have done better, but overall this is one of our highest finishes as a team at Carifta.”

Teammates Lacee Barnes took gold in the U-20 shot put, Jamal Walton won gold in U-20 200m and silver in the 400m, and Rasheem Brown earned silver in the 110m.

Jamaica showed its dominance, amassing 39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze medals in the competition for U-18 and U-20 athletes, attended by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, NACAC President Victor Lopez and IAAF Council members Stephanie Hightower and Pauline Davis-Thompson among other athletics dignitaries, news reports stated.

Swim team

The Cayman swim team had one day of competition left in the open water 5K sea swims Tuesday. The team continued to give a strong performance, claiming 37 medals as of Tuesday morning, including 12 gold medals.

Michael Lockwood, president of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, said Cayman sent its largest swim team to date to the games, with 31 athletes. The swim team is on track to meet or surpass its medal record, he said.

“We’ve been doing very well, dropping time and making finals. They are swimming well and their hard work over the last couple of months is paying off for them,” Mr. Lockwood said.

The Cayman Islands will host the 2019 Carifta games. The 2018 games will take place in the Bahamas.

The track and field team has invited the public to greet them at the airport when they return on Wednesday. They arrive at Owen Roberts International Airport on flight AA378 from Miami, which is scheduled to land at 1:26 p.m.

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