Bronze medal boost for Brown
Admittedly, it wasn't the first-choice type medal that shot putter Raymond Brown would have chosen to adorn his massive frame, but the thrower nonetheless found immense satisfaction in leaving his mark at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
In cold and rainy conditions at the Heriberto Jara Athletic Stadium in Xapala yesterday, Brown heaved a distance of 18.30 metres, which while somewhat less than his season best of 20.35m heading into the competition, was good enough to earn him a bronze medal.
"I'm feeling pretty good, it's excellent. I went to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland a few months ago and I finished eighth. This is a big improvement. Odayne (Richards) won the title and broke the record, so to see that we are represented again at other Games makes me feel pretty good," Brown said.
"With me and Stephen (Saenz), the tops guns, heading in, unfortunately I finished third. But I'm still feeling good. I got a medal to take home for Jamaica and also for my son," Brown added.
The Mexican duo of Mario Cota and Stephen Saenz brought delight to their home crowd, by claiming a one-two finish in the event. But Saenz, who was tied with Brown for the best mark heading into the event, also had to play second fiddle to his countryman, Cota, who threw a distance of 19.30m to capture gold. Saenz was second with a distance of 19.27m.
Brown registered the mark on his second attempt, after registering 17.70m to open the contest. He was put under pressure immediately by Saenz and Cota, who opened in the 18m range.
While attaining that mark in the next round, Brown could not find the power needed to stay with the Mexicans, who seemed to push each other, despite the less than ideal climate for throwing. Brown, however, downplayed the role of the weather conditions in the result.
"It was wet and cold, but when you're at a championship you try and block that sort of thing out and do what you trained to do. I really didn't let it bother me too much, I just went out there and did my best."