Gold, Silver and Bronze for Virgin Islands at Barranquilla 2018 CAC Games

Medals at Barranquilla 2018 – Kyron McMaster, 400m hurdles gold and new CAC Games record with a time of 47.60, Chantel Malone, long jump silver (6.520, Eldred Henry, shot put bronze (20.18). Photo: CM Farrington/BVIOC

With one day of competition remaining for the Virgin Islands’ athletes at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, the territory’s senior athletes have set new records for the Games and for the nation so far as they secure three medals of gold, silver and bronze.

Last night, Kyron McMaster, ranked by the IAAF as the third fastest man in the world, set a new CAC Games record when he won the gold in the 400m hurdles with his second fastest time of 47.60. The new record, set in the final race of the night, surpassed the standing eight-years old Games record of 48.47 by almost one second.

On Monday evening, Chantel Malone leapt her way to a silver medal in the long jump with a seasonal best of 6.52. This was her second medal of the CAC Games after winning gold in the same event in Mexico in 2014.

The first win for the VI and new national record was set with Eldred Henry’s bronze medal finish in the shot put on Monday night when he hurled the orb a distance of 20.18m to break his previous national record of 20.00m.

This is the fifth consecutive CAC Games in which the VI has won gold medals starting with Dion Crabbe in the 100m at San Salvador 2002. Tahesia Harrigan-Scott continued the gold medal win when she came 1st in the 100m at Cartagena 2006 and again at Mayaguez 2010. Chantel won the fourth gold in long jump at Mexico 2014 and now the VI has its fifth gold with Kyron’s win. It is the first time at the CAC Games that the territory’s athletes have won 3 medals.

“It has been quite emotional here as we celebrated the 3 medals won at these games so far. I am exceptionally proud of the athletes’ achievements and I along with the VI delegation are looking forward to cheering on Ashley Kelly, Trevia Gumbs and Kala Penn in their upcoming events. I know the same is true for all their supporters back home and elsewhere.” said Ephraim Penn, President of the BVI Olympic Committee.

Ashley Kelly will run in the 400m finals tonight while Trevia Gumbs will compete in the shot-put final and Kala Penn in the triple jump.

“To date, all 13 of the VI’s senior and national athletes at Barranquilla 2018 have competed in their track and field events and a full report will be distributed at the conclusion of the Games but I can confirm that all athletes have worked hard and have been excellent ambassadors for the territory,” said Cleave Farrington, Chef de Mission for Barranquilla 2018. “We have Kyron’s medal ceremony later today followed by 3 more track and field events which we are excited about. The majority of the delegation will depart Colombia tomorrow.”

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13 athletes to represent Virgin Islands at Barranquilla 2018 CAC Games

Senior athletes Eldred Henry, (and pictured l-r) Ashley Kelly, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Chantel Malone and Kyron McMaster flanking BVIOC President, Ephraim Penn are part of the team of 13 to represent the Virgin Islands at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia July 19 – August 3). Photo: BVIOC

The British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (BVIOC) has confirmed that 13 athletes will represent the Virgin Islands at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 – August 3, 2018.

The team comprising 7 track and 6 field athletes will arrive into Colombia between July 18 and July 26 ahead of their events which take place in the Roberto Melendez Stadium starting July 29. Chef de Mission, Michael Farrington and Coach Winston Potter are in Barranquilla ahead of the athletes in preparation for their arrival.

“We are completing some final tasks and making sure that the athletes will be as comfortable as possible in their surroundings before and during their events,” said Farrington. “We are looking forward to the arrival of the rest of the delegation and can confirm that the CAC Games organisers and hosts are excited to welcome the VI team.”

Senior track athletes include Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (100m), Ashley Kelly (400m), and Kyron McMaster (400m hurdles). While Barranquilla 2018 will be the first CAC Games for Ashley and Kyron, it will be the fourth appearance for Tahesia, a two-times gold medal champion at the Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena de Indias 2006 and Mayaguez 2010 and finalist at Veracruz 2014. The 4 national track athletes who also qualified to represent the territory at the Games for the first time are Deya Erickson (100m hurdles), Shaquoy Stephens (100m), Ronique Todman (200m and 400m), and Adriano Gumbs (400m).

The senior field athletes are Chantel Malone (long jump) who debuted at the CAC Games with a gold medal finish at Veracruz 2014 and Eldred Henry (shot put) who will make his first appearance at a CAC Games and will be the Flag Bearer in the Opening Ceremony on July 19. Tynelle Gumbs (hammer throw and discus), Trevia Gumbs (shot put and discus), Kala Penn (long jump and triple jump), and Akeem Bradshaw (long jump and triple jump) complete the VI’s roster of field athletes.

“This is yet another strong team that will be representing the VI in what is the territory’s second international event this year following on from the Gold Coast 2018 Games in April,” said Ephraim Penn, President of the BVIOC. “All the athletes have been doing well at their various meets this season and the BVIOC congratulates them on making the team. We are looking forward to their performances as we hope for another successful outcome across the board.”

The VI delegation to Barranquilla 2018 also includes Ephraim Penn, Lloyd Black (Secretary General, BVIOC), Lindel Hodge (Sub Chef), Omar Jones, and Anna-Belle Skelton-Malone (Athletics coaches), and Doug Arter (Physiotherapist).

The CAC Games are the oldest continuous running regional games dating back to 1926. Held every four years, the Games typically host competitors from countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda and the South American countries of Suriname, Guyana, Colombia and Venezuela.

The CAC Games are considered the starting point of international competition for athletes from the region who are seeking to represent their countries at the Olympic level. They are designed to provide a step between sub-CAC region Games held the first year following a Summer Olympics and the Pan American Games, which are held before the Summer Olympic. The next Pan American Games are slated to take place in Lima, Peru, July 26 – August 11, 2019.

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