Struggle continues at CAC Games
Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter
Jamaica's athletes struggled to make an impression at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, after failing yesterday to add to the one medal earned after 10 days of competition.
With track and field getting under way yesterday and Jamaica's elite athlete's not taking part in the competition, the nation's hope of hitting the podium again on day 10 fell to Natalie Grant and Vanessa Levy in the women's hammer-throwing event. The duo, however, found the going tough and finished in fifth and eighth place, with throwing distances of 54.23 and 51.56, respectively.
New Games Record
The event went to Cuba's Yipsi Moreno, who set a new Games record of 71.35 metres, with her Cuban teammate, Lisbet Yurisleydi (69.62m), in second place. Third went to Colombia's Eli Moreno (67.77).
At the Omega Sports Complex, Jamaica's badminton team failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead, eventually going down 3-2 to Central Americans Guatemala in Group B play. Siblings Gareth Henry and Geordine Henry got the Jamaicans off to a solid start when they beat the pair of Lesvin Marroquin and Beatriz Ramos in straight sets (21-19, 21-14) in mixed doubles action. Nikte Sotomayor, however, brought the Guatemalans back on level terms with a 21-16, 21-13 win over Katherine Wynter, and the Central Americans took the lead when Kevin Cordon beat Garron Palmer 21-10, 21-8. The pair of Mikaylia Haldane and Wynter put up a good fight to get Jamaica back on level terms after beating Ramos and Sotomayor, but the pair of Rodolfo Ramirez and Jonathan Solis ended any resistance when they easily beat Palmer and Henry in men's doubles.
At the Palmas Raquet Court, there was more success for the Guatemalans against Jamaica as many-time Davis Cup representative Dominic Pagon went down in straight sets to Wilfred Gonzales (6-4, 6-3). The first-round encounter lasted a little over an hour. Davian Burrell also failed to advance after winning only one game against another Guatemalan, Christopher Diaz (6-0, 6-1), who had that encounter wrapped up in under an hour.
There was at least some joy for Jamaica at the Racquet Centre, where Walter Lewis dispatched El Salvador's Ernesto Abrego to book a spot in the semi-finals against Mexican Arturo Salazar, a match scheduled for 8 p.m. last night.
The Jamaica men's hockey team surrendered a lead to the Dominican Republic to eventually lose 4-2 via a shootout at the High Performance Centre in a play-off for fifth. Kemar Mitchell and Geovanni got the goals for the Jamaicans in the 2-2 regular-time draw.
In men's doubles action at the Racquet Centre, the pair of Chris Binnie and Bruce Burrowes made light work of the Trinidadian duo of Kale Wilson and Collin Ramasra to book a spot in the quarter-finals.
Up to press time, the Jamaican men's basketball team was set to take on Puerto Rico in preliminary-round play at the Benito Juarez Auditorium in Veracruz.