By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, TOKYO, Japan, Fri. Aug. 6, 2021: The Caribbean’s gold medal count jumped by 2 to 11 today as athletes from The Bahamas and Jamaica added to the tally.
World 400 meters champion Bahamian Steven Gardiner grabbed gold by winning the much-anticipated race at the Tokyo Games today. The 25-year-old clocked a season-best 43.85 seconds to lead home Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano (44.08).
Grenadian Kirani James, the 2012 Olympic champion who has overcome illness to return to the Olympics, put his country on the medal table by winning bronze in 44.19.
Meanwhile, Hansle Parchment handed Jamaica another gold medal when he captured the men’s sprint hurdles. The 31-year-old, a bronze medalist at London 2012, clocked a season-best 13.04 seconds to beat American Grant Holloway into second in 13.09. Parchment’s teammate and compatriot, Ronald Levy snatched bronze in 13.10.
The wins put the Caribbean now at 26 medals. Cuba has 12, Jamaica 7, the Dominican Republic 3 and The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Grenada, one each.