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Ally whoops it up

Justin Marville

Ally whoops it up

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THE ONLY SECONDS Bradley Ally was accustomed to getting came in times and meals.And now it’s in gold medals.Barbados’ Olympic swimmer doubled his – and the country’s – gold medal tally at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico yesterday evening, breaking his own record in the 200 metres individual medley in spectacular fashion.With a meet’s best two minutes, 02.32 seconds, Ally increased Barbados’ overall haul to five medals – two gold, two silver, and one bronze.It was the second of the two records that the transcendent Ally replaced at these games, following Monday’s gold medal swim in the 400m IM.Barbados’ most decorated athlete at this level, Nicky Neckles, just missed out on increasing that record tally when he was nipped at the pad for the 50m backstroke bronze.Racing out of lane three, Neckles finished fourth in 26.30 seconds, just behind third-placed Venezuelan Albert Subirats (26.28 seconds). In the morning session, Zabrina Holder recorded a personal best in the women’s 400m individual medley but was disqualified from the event for failing to kick with both of her feet together in the butterfly leg, according to the judges.Teammate Amara Gibbs finished sixth in the second heat of that event and tenth overall with a time of five minutes, 21.59 seconds.The two then hooked up with Lee-Ann Rose and Deandre Small to post a fifth-placed time of four minutes, 12.07 seconds in heat 1 of the 4×100 metre freestyle relay, as the young quartet placed ninth overall.Shawn Clarke didn’t reach the final after coming ninth overall as well in the 50m butterfly following a swim of 25.65 seconds.Badminton’s female duo of Sabrina Scott and Mariama Eastmond failed in their attempt to reach the medal round on the previous day, falling 19-21, 18-21 to Puerto Ricans Irytsha Gonzalez and Daneysha Santana in a close quarter-final contest.Men’s national doubles champs Andre Padmore and Kevin Wood didn’t fare any better, losing 14-21, 19-21 to the Jamaican pair of Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer in the round of 16 on the same night.It was the sign of the further woes to come in team sports on the following day, as the women’s volleyball squad slumped to their fourth defeat at the meet in as many games, losing 24-26, 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 10-15 to Guatemala in a tough five-setter.The Bajan lasses actually led two sets to one after dropping the nail-biting first set, but couldn’t close the deal in two forgettable final sets.Ryan Rodriguez turned in a credible performance in this country’s first fencing appearance at these games, though, finishing11th in the individual epee, before Barbados lost the team competition 45-23 to Nicaragua in the round of 16.So too did weightlifter Kristen Edwards, who had a personal best lift of 142kg and was seventh overall in the women’s 75kg category, having lifted 65kg in the snatch before hefting 77kg in the clean and jerk.In shooting, Marlon Best completed a score of 1 051 to finish 15th in the men’s 50m rifle, while Richard Greenidge finished one spot better in his go-around in the trap event after registering a 107.Sergio Pinero of the Dominican Republic won the trap with a record score of 141.