By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, RIO, Brazil, Sun. Aug. 14, 2016: The Caribbean region’s medal count at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil climbed to six last night with Jamaica adding to the total.
The Jamaicans two medals win – which came in the finals of the women’s 100-m – moved the region’s medal count up from four.
While Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, the defending women’s 100-m, had to settle for bronze in Rio, fellow compatriot Elaine Thompson took the gold in a time of 10.71.
Cuba, however, leads the region with three medals. Idalys Ortiz won silver in the Women +78 kg judo competition while Erislandy Savón and Joahnys Argilagos took a bronze medal apiece in the men’s heavy 91 kg boxing face-off and the Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) competition.
Puerto Rico brings up the rear with its first and only medal so far. Mónica Puig won gold for the US Caribbean territory by beating Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic in the Women’s singles tennis match-up.
Latin America Medal Count
Meanwhile, Latin America has seven medals in total to date. Brazil leads with four while Colombia has two and Argentina 1.