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Caribbean athletes shine at World Indoor Championships

Caribbean athletes took center stage over the weekend the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Among them was Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who finished second overall in the men’s 60-metre dash by crossing the line in 6.5 seconds. American Trayvon Brommell won the event in 6.47 seconds.

“I really wanted to perform a lot better, be a lot smoother in the finals,” Powell said. “It didn’t happen but I got a silver medal and I have to work with it.”

On the women’s side, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won bronze in the women’s 60-metres. She finished in 7.06 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye took fourth.

“I mean the field was great,” Thompson said. “(Dafne) Shippers and the American girl (Barbara Pierre) she’s a good 60-metre runner so I have to give her the best of it.”

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod won gold in the men’s 60-metre hurdles. He pulled away from the field in the finals to win in a world-leading time of 7.41 seconds.

“It was a great race,” McLeod said. “I wanted to go out, like I said, tunnel vision. My coach has been on me… ‘tunnel vision, tunnel vision, execute, get out, control the race.’ And I did just that and I’m just grateful for the victory.”

Click here for the full meet results.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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