Friday (12 August) marked the first day of athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the Caribbean was well represented.
In the women’s shot put, Trinidad and Tobago’s Cleopatra Borel qualifies through to the finals with a best throw of 18.2 metres. That was the eight-best result of the first round.
“It feels amazing,” an emotional Borel said afterward. “I’m so happy because I just want to represent my country. I want to make my family proud and my country proud and I’m just so happy. I want to thank God because lord knows I wasn’t alone today. I’m so happy.”
Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas also threw in the competition but did not advance to the final.
Fellow Jamaican Fedrick Dacres threw in the prelims of the men’s discus but also did not advance to the final.
Barbados athlete Akela Jones took off in the women’s heptathlon. She finished with the second-best 100-metres time (13 seconds) and the fourth-best high jump (1.89 metres). She currently sits in second place overall.