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Colebrooke wins bronze at Junior Pan Ams

Four-member Bahamian team wrapped up competition yesterday
  • Andre Colebrooke won a bronze medal in the men’s 800m at the 17th Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Medellín, Colombia yesterday.

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 26, 2013

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Great things come in small packages!

It was only a four-member team that was assembled by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) for the 17th Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, but at the end of the day, that small team will be returning with more medals than the 25-member Bahamian squad at the world championships. It is just one medal, but according to BAAA President Mike Sands, it speaks for the overall performance of not just that team, but Bahamian athletes in general this year.

Andre Colebrooke, the country’s best half-miler at this point, galloped to a bronze medal in his specialty, the men’s 800 meters (m), at the Junior Pan Ams in Medellí́n, Colombia, yesterday. The times weren’t posted up to press time, but Bahamian team officials in Medellín confirmed the third place finish for Colebrooke.

Colebrooke, 19, was third in his semi-final heat, in 1:52.19, and according to reports, ran a “1:51 and change” in the final yesterday.

Also, Bahamian Tayla Carter, 19, finished eighth in the women’s 200m, in 24.37 seconds. She ran 24.27 in her semi-final heat. Cuban Arialis Gandulla Martínez won the gold medal, in 23.27 seconds; Angela Tenorio, from Ecuador, won the silver medal, in 23.34 seconds, and Omhunique Browne, from St. Kitts and Nevis took the bronze medal, in 23.48 seconds.

Carter failed to make the final in the 100m. She was fifth in her semi-final heat and 10th overall in that event, in 12.15 seconds. Gandulla Martínez won the gold medal, in 11.32 seconds, for the sprint double; American Jennifer Madu won the silver medal, in 11.37 seconds, and Tenorio captured the bronze, in 11.39 seconds.

Bahamian Ashley Oembler will return with two ninth place finishes. She was ninth in the women’s shot put with a distance of 10.69m (35’ 1”), and ninth in the discus with a distance of 39.23m (128’ 8”). American Stamatia Scarvelis won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 15.46m (50’ 8-3/4”); Isabela Rodriguez da Silva, from Brazil, won the silver medal with a distance of 14.90m (48’ 10-1/2”), and American Chase Ealey won the bronze medal with a distance of 14.88m (48’ 9-3/4”). In the discus, Rodriguez da Silva won the gold medal with a distance of 54.15m (177’ 8”); American Magdalyn Ewen won the silver medal with a distance of 50.48m (165’ 7”), and Maia Varela, of Argentina, captured the bronze medal, with a distance of 50.44m (165’ 6”).

The other Bahamian athlete in Medellí́n, Gerrard Burrows, finished ninth overall in the men’s discus with a distance of 48.85m (160’ 3”). American Hayden Reed won the gold medal with a distance of 62.49m (205’); Mauricio Ortega Giron, from the host country Colombia, won the silver medal with a distance of 61.77m (202’ 8”), and American Reginald Jagers claimed the bronze medal with a distance of 59.30m (194’ 6”).

More than 600 young athletes from 47 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, competed in the Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium in Medellín this past weekend.

Two years ago, a 23-member Bahamian team won 10 medals to finish third at the championships in Miramar, Florida – three gold, two silver and five bronze.

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