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Jamaicans bow into CAC action today

Friday, July 04, 2014    

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Jamaican junior athletes will start their quest to top the medals tables at the XX Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships when the three-day event gets underway this morning in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

The team left the island on Tuesday and arrived in the remote Mexican city later that night.

Jamaica have topped the medals tables at the last four staging of the event, taking home 44 medals in 2012 when it was held in San Salvador, El Salvador — winning 20 gold medals, 15 silver medals and nine bronze medals.

They had won 63 medals in 2010 in the Dominican Republic; 59 in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006; 38 in Mexico in 2004 when the host nation won the most medals, and 59 medals in Barbados in 2002.

Five members of the 56-member team had competed at the most recent staging in El Salvador two years ago — Demar Gayle, Orlando Thomas, Saqukine Cameron, Krista-Gay Taylor and Safia Morgan.

On today's first day, Jamaicans will compete in several events — the semi-finals and finals of all four 100m events, the finals of the four 800m events, Under-18 girls high jump, Under-18 and Under-20 boys shot put, the semi-finals and finals all four 400m hurdles, both girls shot put finals as well as the finals of both girls 4x100m relays.

— PR

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