Love, Williams deliver more CAC medals
Jeanine Williams and Shaniece Love both won bronze for Jamaica at the Central American and Caribbean Games yesterday in the 100m hurdles and women's discus events, respectively.
Williams, a student at Georgia Tech, led for most of the race but was beaten at the final hurdle after making contact with the obstacle.
Andrea Vargas of Costa Rica won the race in 12.90 seconds, while Venessa Clerveaux of Haiti was second in 13.07 seconds. Williams finished in 13.11 seconds.
"I am happy but I am a little disappointed because I was almost there, but I am still happy," Williams said. "I was running my own race but I tend to leave my trail leg behind on the last hurdle, and that is what happened in the race."
Love recorded a personal best 58.40m to finish third in the discus event behind the Cuban pair of Yaime Perez, 66.00m, and Denia Caballero, 65.10m.
LaFranz Campbell finished seventh in the men's 110m hurdles in 14.12 seconds. The race was won by Shane Brathwaite of Barbados in 13.38 seconds. Ruebin Walters of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 13.57 seconds, while Roger Iribarne of Cuba rounded out the top three with 13.58 seconds.
National record holder Cannigia Raynor finished fifth in the men's hammer throw. The former Kingston College athlete's best throw was 65.94m. Alan Del Real of Mexico won the event in 74.95m. Reiner Mejias of Cuba was second with 73.28m while his teammate Roberto Janet grabbed the bronze medal with 73.11m.
Kateema Reittie will be the first Jamaican in action today in the women's javelin throw at 6:35 p.m.
Three-time national champion Clayton Brown will follow shortly after that, as his event, the men's high jump final, is scheduled for 5 pm.
Reigning national champion Gleneve Rushell is also scheduled to take part in the final of the women's shot put.
Tiffany James and Derriann Hill are looking to deliver another quinella for Jamaica in these Games, when they run the final of the women's 400 metres tonight at 7:50. The athletes ran the two fastest times in the preliminary round on Monday when they stopped the clock at 53.00 and 53.17 seconds, respectively.
Their male counterparts are at the other end of the scale though, as national record holder Rusheen McDonald and Steven Gayle were the slowest men to get into the men's 400 metres final scheduled for 8:05 p.m.
The final of the men's and women's 200m are also scheduled for today.
It was a mixed bag for Jamaica in badminton. Gareth Henry and Samuel Ricketts are both through to the quarter-finals of the men's singles competition. Henry got by Bajan Damien Howell 2-0 (21-12, 21-12), with Ricketts progressing 2-1 (13-21, 21-18, 21-8) over Guatemala's Ruben Castellanos. Both women failed to advance, with Mikaylia Haldane losing 2-0 (21-7, 21-9) to Mexico's Sabrina Solis and Katherine Wynter also falling 2-0 (21-13, 21-8) to Mexican Haramara Gaitan.
Wynter and Ricketts teamed up to beat Trinis Will Lee and Avril Marcelle 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) in mixed doubles round-of-16 action, while Ricketts and Henry got the better of Dominican Republic's Cabrera Willian and Javier Nelson 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) in men's doubles round-of-16 play.
The men's squash team lost 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) to El Salvador in the 13th-16th placement match. In fencing, Jamaica lost 45-32 to Colombia women's team epee quarter-finals and again 45-41 to Dominican Republic in the 5th-8th classification match.