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Keddo hunts medal in 110m hurdles

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Sprint hurdler Eric Keddo. - File

Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter

VERACRUZ, Mexico:

Eric Keddo will hope to bag Jamaica's second track and field medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games when he faces the starter's gun for the men's 110m hurdles final at the Heriberto Jara Athletic Stadium in Xapala today.

The veteran hurdler could be hard-pressed to match his best ever feat at a regional Games, having earned gold in the event in the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championship. Keddo qualified for the final in fourth place with a season's best of 14.18 seconds, behind semi-final one's winner Jordan Offarril of Cuba (13.63), Eddie Lovett of the US Virgin Islands (13.82) and Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago (14.08).

In yesterday's other action on track shot putter Geneva Greaves finished in sixth spot, in an event dominated from start to finish by defending champion Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad and Tobago.

Borel, who was in a league of her own, threw a distance of 18.99m to claim the gold medal. Second place in the event went to Yanuivis Lopez of Cuba (17.88), while Sandra Lemos was third place with 17.50m.

At the Racquet Centre Jamaica's squash team moved to the top of Pool B, following a 3-0 win over Venezuela after straight set wins for Lewis Walters, Christopher Binnie and Bruce Burrowes.

Straight Sets Defeat

Things were at the opposite end for the women's team against Guyana, as they lost 3-0 with Mary Mahfood coming the closest to winning a game, following a 3-2 loss to Ashley De Groot. Tracey Binnie and Alyssa Mullings lost in straight sets. At the Reino Magico Court the men's beach volley ball team lost 2-1 to El Salvador, while the women got the better of St Lucia in a 2-1 triumph.

At the Omega Sports Complex, Jamaica advanced to the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles badminton competition, following a straight set win for the duo of Garron Palmer and Mikaylia Haldane over Cuba. The pair of Gareth Henry and Geordine Henry did not, however, enjoy similar success, going down to the Cuban duo of Tahimara Oropesa and Osleni Guerrero.

In action at the Benito Juarez Auditorium in Veracruz, Jamaica's men's basketball team lost a third straight game after going down 75-65 to Puerto Rico. Weyinmi Rose scored 20 points for the team in a losing effort.