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Cayman medal early


By Ron Shillingford
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The Cayman Islands team at the Island Games in Gotland, Sweden has started well.

By the end of action on Monday they had won a gold medal, in the 200 metres sprint through Jamal Walton, a silver in the women’s javelin by Daneliz Thomas and Jeavhon Jackson had taken bronze in the men’s 400m hurdles. Walton, 18, easily won his heat and semi-final and blistered along the track to win the final in 21.55 seconds.

Thomas has huge potential as well. She threw 41.14 metres for her silver. “I feel very proud,” she said. “I was told by an official that on my last throw if a piece of my toe didn’t touch the line I would have won because the distance was over the first-place thrower. It happens to the best of us but I’m grateful for the silver. If I didn’t foul the last one, it would have been a new personal best for me. My PB is 42.10m.”

Jackson finished in 54.97 seconds for his bronze.

Cayman had also succeeded in the pool; Lauren Hew getting a silver in the women’s 200m freestyle and Eddie Weber snatching bronze in the men’s 1500m freestyle.

So far the Cayman team is enjoying the Games but the women’s basketball team got food poisoning soon after arriving. It led to one team member posting on social media the modest amount of breakfast they were given.

Janet Sairsingh, team manager, said: “I confirm that the women’s basketball team along with members of the Jersey team got food poisoning. The Jersey team doctor was there for their team and assisted the Cayman team until the Games doctor arrived. With medication and lots of fluids, it cleared up by the end of the day, they were fit to play. As their stomachs were irritated, they were provided with only a light breakfast to avoid any irritation until the stomach settles.”

About Ron Shillingford

Ron is a former Cayman based sports editor. He is a best-selling author and novelist, and has worked as a sub-editor on some of the U.K.’s leading national newspapers. He is a certified tutor in English, writing assignments for various publications and websites and ghostwriting memoirs for the London-based publishers Story Terrace. A veteran journalist of more than 30 years standing, Ron’s area of expertise includes sports, human interest and local news reporting.

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