Keddo, Greaves Jamaica's final hope
Genneva Greaves and Eric Keddo will take Jamaica's largely unsuccessful hunt for precious metals at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games into its final day, when they take part in the women's shot put and men's 110m hurdles, respectively, at the Heriberto Jara Athletic Stadium in Mexico today.
The duo is likely, as most of their compatriots so far, to find the going tough as they are not ranked among the best competitors. Greaves' season best of 15.13 metres leaves her at the bottom of the seven-woman field in terms of marks registered to date, with Trinidadian Cleopatra Burrell, the class act, having already gone over 19 metres this season.
Keddo will attempt to be only the second Jamaican in eight track events to advance to a final, but could also be hard pressed as his early season's best of 14.31 seconds will leave him near the end of the 13-second dominated field.
In action yesterday, shot putters Vanessa Levy and Tara-Sue Bennett were witness to another powerful Cuban throwing performance, as they finished sixth and eighth in the women's final.
The pair of Yamie Perez and winner Denia Caballer proved a cut above the rest and were each other's competition from the outset. Caballero claimed gold with a mark of 64.47 metres, a new meet record, while Perez was second in 62.42m. Third place went to Marcelo Martinez (56.27) of Colombia.
On the track, Nassive Powell and Marzel Miller both failed to advance to today's 200m final, finishing in last and second position in their respective heats.
Gayon Evans and Samantha Curtis were eliminated at the event's semi-final stage in the women's equivalent after fifth-place finishes in their respective races. After qualifying for the women's 400m final though, Curtis did not face the starter.
In men's 400m hurdles semi-final, André Clarke unfortunately took a tumble after tripping over the penultimate hurdle, but at that stage seemed unlikely to qualify as he struggled at the back of the pack; while in the men's long jump final, Allan Aubrey's best mark of 7.03 metres was only good enough for 13th place.
Straight Sets Defeat
In other events, the journey of Dominic Pagon and Davian Burrell was ended at the quarter-final stage, eliminated in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) at the Palmas Racquet Club to the Colombian pair of Carlos Spir and Edward Struvay.
At Reino Magico, the men's beach volleyball team also suffered a straight sets loss to Puerto Rico, while Geordine Henry lost in straight sets (21-10, 21-8) to Mariana Ugalde of Mexico at the Omega Complex. Katherine Wynter suffered a similar fate when she encountered Tahimara Oropeza (21-16, 21-13) and Gareth Henry was also defeated in straight sets by Mexican Job Castillo (21-15, 21-13).
Wynter and Mikaylia Haldane also failed to register, losing against Licelott Sanchez and Bermary Polancho (21-19, 21-14), while Guatemala's Kevin Cordon received a walkover win from Jamaica's Samuel Ricketts.
- Kwesi Mugisa