Jamaica Boosts Caribbean Medal Count At Commonwealth Games

Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole-newsamericasnow
Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole wins the men’s 100-m in Glasgow on July 28, 2014.

News Americas, GLASGOW, Scotland, Tues. July 29, 2014: Jamaica’s medal count at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow jumped to a total of seven medals Monday with wins by some of the country’s top athletes. The wins by the Jamaicans means that the Caribbean region’s medals count at the games has now climbed to 8.

Jamaica now have two gold medals, two silver and three bronze.

Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole yesterday blazed ahead of the competition to claim Gold in 10.00 secs in the Men’s 100-m at Hampden Park on Monday. His fellow countryman, Nickel Ashmeade, took the Bronze in 10.12 while Adam Gemili of England settled for Silver in 10.10.

In the Women’s 100m Final , Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown came back from a ban to claim the Silver medal behind Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria who claimed the gold medal . Kerron Stewart, also of Jamaica, took the Bronze.

Alia Atkinson also added another medal to her count winning the silver in the 100-Metre Breaststroke finals while O’Dayne Richards took gold in the men’s shot put finals.

Several Jamaican athletes are set to compete in various athletics events today including in the men’s 110-m hurdles competition. Bahamas is the only other Caribbean nation with a medal. Arianna Vanderpool Wallace, 24, of the Bahamas snagged the silver medal in the women’s 50m butterfly final.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games features over 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories. They will compete in 17 sports over 11 days. It ends on August 3rd.

The world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is recovering from foot surgery and so will compete only in the 4x100m relay, heats which begin on Friday, August 1st.