Saturday 25 May, 2019

Shashalee Forbes, Tiffany James strike gold at CAC Games

Jamaica's Tiffany James (left) and Derri-Ann Hill celebrate winning gold and bronze respectively in the women's 400m final at the 23rd CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on Wednesday night.

Jamaica's Tiffany James (left) and Derri-Ann Hill celebrate winning gold and bronze respectively in the women's 400m final at the 23rd CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on Wednesday night.

Jamaica's sprinters Shashalee Forbes and Tiffany James secured gold medals on the fourth day of athletics at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia on Wednesday night.

There was another gold medal for Jamaica on the day, this in badminton as Gareth Henry and Samuel Ricketts won the men's double competition.

The three victories enabled Jamaica to enjoyed their best performance ever in the history of the Games.

Eight of the country´s 12 gold medals won at the Games have been achieved in athletics.

Jamaica ended the night with two other medals courtesy of Jodean Williams, who finished third in the women's 200m final behind Forbes and Derri Hill, who also had a third place finish, this behind James in the women's 400m final.

Forbes won Jamaica's sixth gold medal in athletics, taking the women's 200m in impressive fashion.

Running in Lane 4, Forbes, the 2017 World University Games 100m champion, controlled the race from the blocks, quickly erasing the stagger between herself and Dominican Republic's Marileidy Paulino Paulino within the first 20 metres.

Forbes stormed into the straight well clear to clock a season best 22.80 seconds for the gold medal. The fast-finishing Semoy Hackett of Trinidad and Tobago finished second for the silver medal in 22.95, just beating  Williams, who had to settle for third place and the bronze in  22.96.

James put in a commanding performance to claim the women’s 400m crown and Jamaica's seventh gold in athletics.

The powerfully striding James came home in 52.35 seconds, well clear of 17-year-old Fiordaliza Colil of the Dominican Republic, who finished second for the silver medal in a season best 52.72. James' Jamaican teammate Hill finished third for bronze in 53.30.

In the men's 400m final, Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald (season best 45.70) and Steven Gayle (46.97) finished fourth and eighth respectively.  Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic won the gold medal in a season best 44.59. Cuba's Yoandys Lescay (season best 45.38) and Costa Rica's Nery Brenes (45.61) won silver and bronze respectively.

In the men's 200m final, the Jamaican pair of Rasheed Dwyer (20.41) and Jahnoy Thompson (20.56) had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively as Bernardo Baloyes became the first Colombian athlete to take gold in the event in the history of the Games.

After running two national and Games records on Tuesday, Baloyes ran 20.13 to prevail over Panama´s Alonso Edward (20.17) and Trinidad and Tobago´s Kyle Greaux (20.17). On Tuesday, the silver and bronze medallists had become the first two men to break the 20-second barrier in the history of the Games.

In the badminton competition, Henry and Ricketts defeated Oselni Gurrero and Leodannis Martinez of Cuba 21-12, 11-21, 21-19 for the gold medal in men's doubles.

The five medals on the night kept Jamaica eighth on the table with 27 medals - 12 gold, four silver and 11 bronze.

Mexico are leading the table with 298 medals - 121 gold, 101 silver and 76 bronze; well clear of Cuba with 205 medals - 81 gold, 64 silver and 60 bronze.

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