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Belizean athletes return from Central American Athletics Championships in Costa Rica on Tuesday

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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021. 2:00 pm CST.

Photo Credit: FECOA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: After winning six medals, one gold, one silver, and four bronze, at the Central American Athletics Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Belize contingent of athletes returns home on Tuesday.

A total of 13 athletes and three officials leave Costa Rica by plane this evening enroute to Guatemala City. Samantha Dirks, Brandon Jones, and Shaun Gill flew to the United States,

Upon arrival in Guatemala City, they switch to a chartered bus to drive overnight to Melchor de Mencos at the Belize-Guatemala border. They should get there early on Tuesday morning.

They then cross the border and drive to Belize City.

Athletes like Ana-Lopez Camp will get off in Cayo while others like Brandon Adolphus will still have ways to go. Brandon lives in Orange Walk.

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 1 gold.

Samantha Dirks won gold in the Women’s 200m in 23.80 seconds and the bronze in the 400m in 55.52. She didn’t have a shot at the 4x100m because Belize didn’t have a complete team.

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 throw of 13.69 metres.

Tricia Flores won bronze with a long jump of 5.23m.

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.

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