Track athletes continue to flow into Mexico
...Female basketballers bow into action todayFriday, October 21, 2011
BY PAUL BURROWES Observer writer
Alia Atkinson captured heat one of women's 200m breaststroke yesterday in a time of 2:32.33 to book her place into last night's final at the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The 22-year-old, who won the silver medal in the 200m individual medley Tuesday night, was the fourth fastest going into the final, after Canada's Ashley McGregor (2:29.32), Americans Haley Spencer (2:29.51), and another Canadian Hanna Pierse (2:31.73).
Atkinson has a personal best 2:29.00 in the 200m breaststroke, a national senior record. The final was scheduled for 7:13 pm at the Scotiabank Aquatics Center.
Jamaica's women's basketball team will bow into action today at 5:30 pm against Colombia at the CODE Alcade Sports Complex.
The ladies will play Brazil tomorrow at 10:30 am and Canada on Sunday at 5:30 pm.
Meanwhile all the members of the track and field team, which left in two batches this week from Jamaica, were expected to be in Guadalajara last night.
Olivia McKoy, Rushell Clayton, Kimberly Williamson, Ornella Livingstone, Omar Johnson, Jermaine Hamilton, Jason Livermore, Lansford Spence and masseuse Nathaniel Davis left on Monday.
Other local-based members who were due to leave yesterday morning were Anastasia Leroy, Yanique Ellington, Yanique Levy, Odayne Richards, Michael Mason, Hannukah Wallace, Answert Whyte and Oshane Bailey.
Manager George Peryer, assistant managers Heleena South and Dave Clarke, head coach Raymond Graham, and assitant coaches Michael Russell, Eldemire Smith and Milton Brown also left the island with the athletes.
They would be joined in Mexico by overseas-based athletes Simone Facey, Sheryl Morgan, Patricia Hall, Nickeava Wilson, Natalie Grant, Zara Northover, Allison Randall, Ketema Rietti, Lerone Clarke, Claston Bernard, Maurice Smith, Isa Phillips, Herbert McGregor, Jason Morgan, and Eric Keddo.
While the Pan American Games track and field competition will begin on Sunday, Jamaica will not compete until Monday with Maurice Smith being the first Jamaican on the track in the decathlon.
Jamaican boxer Reece Shagourie will compete in middleweight (75kg) division tonight at the Expo Guadalajara Arena.
Cyclist Marloe Rodman will take part in the men's individual road race tomorrow at noon.
Atkinson and badminton's Charley Pyne (men's singles) are Jamaica's only medallists so far at the Games with a silver and bronze, respectively.
Some 6,000 athlets from 42 countries are taking part in 36 sports at the Games. Sixty athletes from 10 sports are representing Jamaica.
Hosts Mexico, United States and Brazil are being represented by more than 500 athletes each.
Canada (494 athletes), Argentina (484 athletes), and Cuba (447 athletes) are also well-represented at the Games.
At press time, the United States led the medal table with 33 gold, 29 silver and 25 bronze; ahead of Brazil, 12 gold, 11 silver, 15 bronze; and Canada, 10 gold, 10 silver, 17 bronze.
Twenty countries have made their place on the medal table with Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in joint 15th place with one silver and one bronze.
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