Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021. 8:54 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: On Sunday, Belize won three more bronze medals at the Central American Athletics Championships at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, to finish with 1 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze.
Costa Rica topped the competition with 20 gold, 18 silver, and 18 bronze. Guatemala totalled 10 gold, Panama 5, El Salvador and Honduras 3, and Nicaragua and Belize 1 gold each.
On Sunday, Samantha Dirks won bronze in the 400m Final in 55.52. Tracy Joseph of Costa Rica won gold in 54.54 and Desire Bermúdez of Costa Rica got silver in 55.32.
On Saturday, Dirks had won Belize’s only gold medal in the Women’s 200m Final in 23.80 seconds.
On Sunday as well, Tricia Flores won bronze with a long jump of 5.23m. Record-holder Nathalee Aranda from Panama won gold with 6.18m but was unable to break her record of 6.39m. Thelma Fuentes of Guatemala got silver with 5.29m.
The Men’s 4X400m relay team comprised of Jihad Ahmad, Hance Card, Gary Neal, and Rahim Monsanto won the other bronze in 3:32.16. Costa Rica (3:19.86) won gold and El Salvador (3:20.69) won silver.
On Saturday, apart from Dirks’ gold, Belize had also won a silver and a bronze.
Brandon Jones won the silver medal in triple jump with 14.89m. His Central American record of 16.22m set in 2016 still stands.
Cojac Smith won the bronze medal in shotput with a hurl of 13.69 metres.
Unfortunately, Belize’s other results were not within medal range.
Ana Lopez-Camp finished 5th in the 1500m in 5:28:40.
Hilary Gladden 5th in the 100m in 12:32 seconds.
Lionellie Myers was 4th in the javelin with a throw of 20.10m and 5th in discus with having thrown 28.45m.
Tricia Flores was 7th in the 100m in 12.59 seconds.
The Belize Men’s team finished 4th in the 4x100m relay clocking 42.74 seconds behind Guatemala (41.29), El Salvador (42.23) and Honduras (42.29). Jihad Ahmad, Mark Anderson, Rahim Monsanto and Shaun Gill made up the team.
Belize’s women couldn’t run the 4x100m nor the 4x400m because only Hilary Gladden, Samantha Dirks and Tricia Flores were registered.
Amir Ramos was 8th in the 800m in 2:15.17.
Brandon Adolphus finished 8th in the 1500m in 4:15.35 (previously the CADICA officials had confused Adolphus with Costa Rican Brandon Barrantes and had switched the records and had Adolphus as 7th). Adolphus finished 9th in the 5,000m in 17:27.77.
Brandon Jones was 13th in the 100m semifinals in 11.09 seconds.
Faisal Ahmad was 10th in the long jump with a jump of 6.56m.
Gary Neal was 10th (50.57) in the 400m semifinals and 12th (23.76) in the 200m semifinals.
Hance Card was 12th (52.69) in the 400m semifinals.
Jihad Ahmad was 8th (22.33) in the 200m.
Mark Anderson was 14th (11.13) in the 100m semifinals.
Rahim Monsanto finished 11th (22.92) in the 200m semifinals.
Shaun Gill was 10th (10.99) in the 100m semifinals.
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