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Atkinson secures CAC gold

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming

Alia Atkinson won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia last night to secure Jamaica's first medal at the event.

Atkinson, touched the wall in a Games Record 1:06.83 to win ahead of Mexican pair Byanca Rodriguez, 1:07.80 and Esther Gonzales, 1:10.60.

Jamaica's women's basketball team suffered a heavy defeat in their opening match at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia yesterday.

The Cubans tallied 87 points to the Jamaicans' 23. Sasha Dixon topscored with 8 points for the Jamaicans, while Anisleidy Galindo top scored for the Cubans with 15 points.

Manager of the team, Daisy Pedley, had predicted that Cuba would pose a tough challenge.

"Cuba is a very strong team," She told The Gleaner yesterday. "They will be our toughest challenge but we should get out of the group."

The team will take on host, Colombia, in their next match today at 8:30 p.m.

The women's hockey team was also on the losing end, after going down 1-0 to Barbados in the opening match, with the male team set to bow into action today, also against Barbados.

In squash, Bruce Burrowes got the better of Rhett Cumberbatch of Barbados 3-2 in the Round of 32 before losing to 3-0 to Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez in the Round of 16. Chris Binnie progressed to the quarter-finals after getting by Barbados' Shawn Simpson, 3-0.


Girlz seek better result


After suffering a gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat in the their opening encounter against Venezuela, Jamaica women's football team will be looking for better fortunes when they take on Costa Rica today. Costa Rica beat Colombia 1-0 in the first game and are now second in the group behind Venezuela on goal difference.

After barely missing out qualification to the final of the men's 1 metre springboard, diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is hungry for a good performance in his pet event, the men's 3 metres springboard to at 2:00 p.m. Knight-Wisdom rose to national prominence when he became the first diver to represent the country at the Olympic Games two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

Jamaica's team of Keanan Dols, Alia Atkinson, Luke Gunning and Emily MacDonald, clocked 4:01.90 to place fifth in the Mixed Medley 4x100m relay final. Mexico got the win in 3:49.61 ahead of Colombia, 3:50.40 and Venezuela, 3:53.58.

Dols placed eight in the men's 200m butterfly A final in 2:02.41, while Gunning was fourth in 2:03.64 in the B final.