Jamaican, Bahamian Add More Gold To Caribbean Medal Count

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Gold medallist Bahamas' Steven Gardiner celebrates after the men's 400m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 5, 2021. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)
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By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, TOKYO, Japan, Fri. Aug. 6, 2021: The Caribbean’s gold medal count jumped by 2 to 11 today as athletes from The Bahamas and Jamaica added to the tally.

World 400 meters champion Bahamian Steven Gardiner grabbed gold by winning the much-anticipated race at the Tokyo Games today. The 25-year-old clocked a season-best 43.85 seconds to lead home Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano (44.08).

Grenadian Kirani James, the 2012 Olympic champion who has overcome illness to return to the Olympics, put his country on the medal table by winning bronze in 44.19.

Bronze medalist Grenada’s Kirani James celebrates after the men’s 400m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 5, 2021.(Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Hansle Parchment handed Jamaica another gold medal when he captured the men’s sprint hurdles. The 31-year-old, a bronze medalist at London 2012, clocked a season-best 13.04 seconds to beat American Grant Holloway into second in 13.09. Parchment’s teammate and compatriot, Ronald Levy snatched bronze in 13.10.

Gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Team Jamaica, c. bronze medalist Ronald Levy of Team Jamaica, r, and Silver medalist Grant Holloway of Team United States, l., stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 110m Hurdles on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The wins put the Caribbean now at 26 medals. Cuba has 12, Jamaica 7, the Dominican Republic 3 and The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Grenada, one each.

HERE’S THE OLYMPICS 2020 ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Date and Time: Fri 6 Aug. 19:50 – 22:55

Venues: Olympic Stadium

Men’s 20km Race Walk Victory Ceremony

Women’s Pole Vault Victory Ceremony

Women’s Heptathlon Victory Ceremony

Men’s Decathlon Victory Ceremony

Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Round 1

Women’s Javelin Throw Final

Men’s 5000m Final

Men’s 400m Victory Ceremony

Women’s 400m Final

Women’s 1500m Final

Men’s 5000m Victory Ceremony

Women’s 400m Victory Ceremony

Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Final

Women’s 1500m Victory Ceremony

Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final

Date and Time: Sat 7 Aug. 7:00 – 10:15

Venues: Sapporo Odori Park

Women’s Marathon Final

Women’s Marathon Venue Ceremony

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*The victory ceremony of Women’s Marathon will take place at the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony.

Date and Time: Sat 7 Aug. 19:00 – 22:20

Venues: Olympic Stadium

Men’s 50km Race Walk Victory Ceremony

Women’s 20km Race Walk Victory Ceremony

Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Victory Ceremony

Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Victory Ceremony

Women’s High Jump Final

Women’s 10,000m Final

Men’s Javelin Throw Final

Women’s Javelin Throw Victory Ceremony

Men’s 1500m Final

Women’s 10,000m Victory Ceremony

Men’s 1500m Victory Ceremony

Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final

Men’s Javelin Throw Victory Ceremony

Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Final

Women’s High Jump Victory Ceremony

Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Victory Ceremony

Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Victory Ceremony

Date and Time: Sun 8 Aug. 7:00 – 9:45

Venues: Sapporo Odori Park

Men’s Marathon Final

Men’s Marathon Venue Ceremony

WHAT IS THE TIME DIFFERENCE?

Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern time. So, when it is evening in Japan, it is morning in the United States and vice versa.

HOW CAN I WATCH?

NBC says it plans more than 7,000 hours of coverage on NBC stations, various NBCUniversal-owned cable channels, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. Dozens of other broadcasters hold the rights to the Games in other countries.

WHERE CAN I FIND A FULL OLYMPICS SCHEDULE?

At the Tokyo Olympics site at olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/. The events are listed in Tokyo time, so try the handy converter at worldtimebuddy.com/?pl=1&lid=1850147,5,8&h=1850147&hf=2