Tough day for Jamaica at CAC Games
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
With six field events contested on day three of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Veracruz, Mexico, Jamaica struggled to less-than-impressive finishes in most of their events.
In the opening event, the women's hockey team was scheduled to play Barbados at 12 p.m., but the game was suspended due to adverse weather.
In the men's individual fencing from Pool Two, Donovan Deans qualified from the round of 32 in third place, behind Adrian Acuna of Mexico and Armando Western of the Dominica Republic, respectively. Deans was outclassed 15-6 by Hernan Jansen of Venezuela in his ensuing round-of-16 match.
In table tennis, women's singles Group Four, Yvonne Foster fell to a 3-1 defeat by Gremlis Arvelo of Venezuela, then in Group Two, Dadrian Lewis lost 3-1 to Andrea Estrada of Guatemala, and Shenique Clare lost 3-0 to Puerto Rico's Adriana Diaz.
In men's singles, Group Eight, Michael Hyatt was outscored 3-1 by Cuba's Yohan Mora and then 3-2 to Aaron Wilson of Trinidad and Tobago.
Kane Watson gave the country a rare win, outclassing Kamal Nunte of St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-1 in Group 14. In Group Six, Simon Tomlinson clipped Marco Navas of Venezuela 3-2.
In men's under 87kg tae-kwon-do action, Craig Brown rallied to an 8-4 win over Stuart Smit of Aruba. He followed up that performance with an 18-12 semi-finals win over Misael Lopez of Mexico. Up to press time last night, there were seven individual events left to be contested.
Jamaica will be hoping for improved performances today when they contest two events. The first is the quarter-finals of the men's over 87kg taekwon-do, where Jason Grant will challenge Kris Moitland of Costa Rica.
Men's first-round football action will begin in Group A when Jamaica square off with El Salvador at the Luis Fuente Stadium at 5 p.m.