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Belize wins 13 medals, places 5th in Central American U18, U20 athletics championships in Nicaragua

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Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021. 10:36 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: By sheer numbers the other Central American countries normally have us out anytime there is a Central American athletics competition, but that doesn’t stop our Belizean athletes from performing well.

At the latest Central American athletic championship held in Managua, Nicaragua, over the weekend Belize won 15 medals, 3 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze.

Glenford Williams captured two gold medals in Men’s U-18 100m and in the U-18 110m hurdles while Kerwin Castillo won gold in the U-20 high jump.

The five silvers came from Kevin Jones in the high jump, Christopher Broaster in the Men’s U-20 800m, Kirk Elrington in the Men’s U-18 triple jump, Keely Faux in the Women’s U18 400m, and Mario Vivas in the Men’s U-20 400m.

Jones also won three bronze medals in the Men’s U-20 triple jump, long jump, and the 4x100m along with Christopher Broaster, Kerwin Castillo, and Mario Vivas. Belize’s two other bronze medals were won by Adrian Wade in the Men’s U-18 200m and Jahson Logan in the Men’s U-18 shotput.

Out of 148 participating athletes, Belize sent 15 representatives compared to 53 by hosts Nicaragua, 37 by Guatemala, 23 by El Salvador. Panama sent 13 and Honduras just seven. Strangely enough, powerhouse Costa Rica did not compete.

Guatemala won the championships with a total of 26 gold medals, 24 silver, and seven bronze.

They were followed by the hosts Nicaragua who collected 24 gold, 26 silver, and 21 bronze.

El Salvador were 3rd with 21 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze followed by Panama in 4th with 7 gold,5 silver, and 5 bronze.

Belize followed in 5th and Honduras closed in 6th with 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.

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