Shane takes bronze
SHANE?RASHAD?BRATHWAITE running in Lane 7 made an impressive surge over the final stretch of the men’s 110 hurdles to claim this country’s first medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland, yesterday.
There were three Barbadians in the final but the 24-year-old Brathwaite was the only one to make an impact racing home third in 13.49 secs behind Jamaican Andrew Riley, who won gold in 13.32 seconds and England’s Will Sharman who was second in 13.36.
Ryan Brathwaite, the 2009 world champion and a fifth place finisher at the 2012 Olympics in London, struggled with his strides and was slowed when he hit hurdles. He was fifth in a disappointing time of 13.63 secs while Greggmar Swift took sixth in 13.74 secs.
It was only the 12th medal for Barbados in the history of the Games with Brathwaite only the fourth Barbadian to secure a track & field podium place after high jumper Anton Norris, hurdler Andrea Blackett and sprinter Obadele Thompson. Norris is the only one to repeat, having secured bronze medals at the 1962 event in Perth, Australia and the 1966 Games in Jamaica.