Forbes claims CAC 200m gold
Shashalee Forbes won Jamaica's sixth gold medal in athletics here at the Central American and Caribbean Games after a well-executed 200m race last night.
Forbes accelerated in the last half of the race to separate herself from the pack after a modest start.
Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T) Semoy Hackett denied Jamaica its second quinella of these games as she out-dipped Jodean Williams for the silver medal.
Forbes registered 22.80 seconds, while Hackett and Williams were separated by a hundredth of a second, with times of 22.95 and 22.96, respectively.
"I didn't run like I wanted to, but I came out here with a lot of pain, so to finish first is very exciting," Forbes said after the race. "Because of the [right hamstring] injury, I didn't want to push too hard in the first part of the race, but then I saw the opportunity, so I took it."
Despite missing out on the silver, Williams was pleased to have won a medal.
"My intention was to come out here and win a medal, and that is what I did," she said.
In the men's equivalent, Rasheed Dwyer had to settle for fourth, in 20.41 seconds, while his teammate, Jahnoy Thompson, finished immediately behind him, clocking 20.56 seconds.
Colombia's Bernardo Baloyes won the race in 20.13 seconds, while Panamanian Alonso Edward finished second in 20.17 seconds. T&T's Kyle Greaux won the bronze medal in 20.26 seconds.
In the women's shot put final, Gleneve Grange placed seventh with her 15.73m effort. T&T's Cleopatra Borel-Brown won the event with a distance of 18.14m. Cuba's Yaniuvis LÛpez finished second, with 18.02m, while MarÌa Orozco of Mexico grabbed the third-place spot, with 17.88m.
Kateema Riettie could only manage 42.23m for sixth in the women's javelin throw. Colombia's MarÌa Murillo won the event with a throw of 59.54m. Coraly Ortiz of Puerto Rico finished second with 56.27m, while Cuba's Yulenmis Aguilar grabbed the bronze medal with 55.60m.
Today, Jamaica will be looking to finish in athletics on a high note as the relays come into focus on the penultimate day of the games.
Jonielle Smith, who became the first Jamaican woman to win a 100m at the CAC Games in 68 years when she stormed to victory on Monday night, will be joined by fellow 100m finalist Jura Levy, as well as Natasha Morrison and veteran sprinter Sherone Simpson for the women's 4x100m. The race is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Nesta Carter, who is the only Jamaican man to win a 100m at these games, will lead the men's equivalent at 7:10 p.m. The team could be weakened, though, as breakout athlete Javoy Tucker picked up a hamstring injury in the final of the men's 100m on Monday.
However, The Gleaner was informed that he will take part in today's final. Rasheed Dwyer and Kimmari Roach are the other members of the team.
The women's mile relay team of Tiffany James, Derri-Ann Hill, Junelle Bromfield, and Tovea Jenkins is scheduled to run at 7:30 p.m. before their male counterparts bring the curtains down at 7:55 p.m.
The male team comprises national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald, Jauavney James, Devaughn Baker, and Steven Gayle.
Texas Tech standout athlete Odaine Lewis will be the first Jamaican in action today. Lewis will contest the men's triple jump final at 5:45 p.m.
Former Kingston College thrower Orlando Thomas is scheduled to compete in the men's javelin throw, also at 5:45 p.m.
At 6 p.m., Saniel Atkinson-Grier will contest the women's high jump final.