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Golden boy Shane

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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Shane Brathwaite won Barbados’ first gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Senior Athletics Championships in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday as the medal count increased to four – one gold, two silver and one bronze.
Running into a stiff headwind of 3.4 metres per second, Brathwaite clocked 13.70 seconds to win the men’s 110-metre hurdles. Wayne Davis III of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 13.75 and Yordan O’Farril of Cuba third with 13.82 seconds.
After striking one of the ten barriers, Kierre Beckles won silver in the women’s 100-metre hurdles in 13.37 seconds, also facing a headwind of 1.5m/s.
The gold medal went to Jamaica’s Monique Morgan in 13.25 seconds, and Lavonte Idlette of the Dominican Republic captured bronze in 13.41.
Entering the day fourth overall, the men’s 4×100-metre relay team of Nicholas Deshong, Levi Cadogan, Brathwaite and Andrew Hinds finished in the same position, this time in 39.56 seconds, running out of lane eight.
The Bahamas won gold in 38.77, Jamaica were second in 38.86, and Trinidad and Tobago third in 39.26.
Jamaica won the women’s race in 43.58 from Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas who did 43.67 and 44.08 seconds, respectively.
Kion Joseph was the only other Barbadian competitor to face the starter yesterday; he was 14th overall in the 400-metre hurdles and did not advance to the final. Running out of lane seven, Joseph clocked 54.34 seconds.
Kadecia Baird of Guyana won the women’s 400 metres in 51.32 seconds from Chrisann Gordon (52.52) and Kineke Alexander (52.81) of St Vincent and  The Grenadines.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Jarrin Solomon won the men’s race in 45.54, with Omar Johnson of Jamaica second in 45.67 and Gustavo Cuesto of the Dominican Republic third in 46.20.
Bahamas picked up another gold medal from Tamara Myers, who won the women’s triple jump with 13.18 metres and Allison Randall of Jamaica won the women’s discus with 55.26 metres.