Caribbean Sports & Athletes!

Road to London 2012!

Dominica

Did you know- In the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata (Argentina), Dominica’s runner Steven Agar finished tenth in the 5,000-meter event.

Dominican Republic

Did you know- Despite having won the X Baseball World Cup in Managua (Nicaragua) in 1948, the National team lost the chance to win a gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Guatemala City. Unfortunately the anticipated showdown between Cuba and the Dominican Republic did not occur. Why? The Dominican government refused to participate in the international games in the early 1950s.

Grenada

Did you know- Alleyne Francique of Grenada came in fourth place in the men’s 400m at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. His performance made him “the Island’s best known athlete”. Since the Island gained its independence from the United Kingdom in the 1970s, the Olympic team has not won an Olympic medal.

Jamaica

Did you know- The Commonwealth Games were held in Kingston (Jamaica’s capital) in August 1966. Previously, the IX Central American and Caribbean Games took place in the Island in 1962.

Netherlands Antilles

Did you know- By 2008, the Island’s athlete Churandy Martina –one of the most high-profile sprinters in the Western Hemisphere between 2006 and 2009– was named by the National Olympic Committee as the flag bearer of the national delegation for the 29th Summer Olympics in the People’s Republic of China.

Puerto Rico

Did you know- In 1960, Puerto Rico’s athlete Rolando Cruz finished fourth in the men’s pole vault at the Summer Games in Rome, Italy. From 1959 to 1966, he had won three golds in the central American and Caribbean Games.

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Did you know- Surprisingly, the Island’s sprinter Kim Collins captured the gold medal in the men’s 100m at the IAFF World Championships in the early 2000s. Although his performance in the Games of the 28th Olympiad in August 2004 disappointed many of his fans: Collins placed sixth in the 100 meters.

Saint Lucia

Did you know- A six-member team from Saint Lucia –a former British colony until 1979- participated in the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in the American city of Atlanta in July and August 1996.

West Indies Federation

Did you know- At the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago (Illinois, USA), Antilles pickep up a total of 14 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze) and took seventh place in unofficial team standings, outpacing Venezuela and Uruguay. Antilles -also known as the West Indies Federation- consisted of three former British colonies in the Caribbean: Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad Tobago. The following year, the West Indies Federation captured a bronze medal when it placed third in the men’s 4 x 400m relay in the Games of the XVII Olympiad in Rome (Italy).