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BVI bags 3 medals, sets records at CAC Games

From left: 2018 CAC Games medallists Kyron McMaster, Eldred Henry, and Chantel Malone. (Photos provided)

British Virgin Islands athletes have mined three medals and broke two records at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games being held in Baranquilla, Columbia.

Kyron McMaster raced to a time of 47.60 seconds on Tuesday night to win the Men’s 400-metre Hurdles event.

His time is the fastest ever run in the history of the CAC Games. This championship record surpasses the 48.47-second record set eight years ago.

Chantel Malone also bagged a medal for the BVI on Monday when she earned silver in the Women’s Long Jump.

She leapt to a distance of 6.52 metres – the best she has jumped this season.

This is Malone’s second ever medal at the CAC Games; having also secured a podium finish back in 2014.

Local strongman Eldred Henry is the third BVI athlete who secured a podium finish at this year’s games.

He won bronze when he threw to a distance of 20.18 metres in the men’s shot put on Monday.

His 20.18-metre throw also represents a national record for the BVI.

The BVI will make attempts for more medals on Wednesday night when Ashley Kelly competes in the Women’s 400m finals. Trevia Gumbs is also slated to compete in the Women’s Shot Put final, while Kala Penn goes for gold in the Women’s Triple Jump.

“It has been quite emotional here as we celebrated the three medals won at these games so far. I am exceptionally proud of the athletes’ achievements and I and the Virgin Islands 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 President of the BVI Olympic Committee Ephraim Penn.

The majority of the BVI delegation will depart Colombia on Thursday.

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  1. BVI Strong says:

    Awesome……great job!!!!

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  2. E. Leonard says:

    Congratulations to McMaster, Malone and Henry! You are shining stars who served and represented the BVI well; you have made the BVI proud both at home and the diaspora abroad. Through your team representation and performance, you have put region and the rest of the world on notice that, though the BVI is a tiny dot, it is a force to be reckoned with.

    Moreover, you have boosted the spirits of BVI residents who are working feverishly to recover from the devastation inflicted by super hurricanes Irmaria. Keep striving to make the BVI strong!

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  3. James says:

    Awesome job!!!!

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