News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Aug. 13, 2012: The Caribbean and Latin American regions ended with a whopping 71 medals in the 30th Olympiad, as the curtains came down on the London 2012 on Sunday, August 12th.
Of the 71, 20 were gold medals while 21 were silver and 30, bronze.
Cuba led the Caribbean count with 14, five of which were gold medals while Jamaica was one step behind with 12. Four of the Jamaican total were pure history-making gold, with three belonging to Usain St. Leo Bolt, the world’s fastest man who has now established himself as a legend. Bolt reclaimed his title by winning the men’s 100 and 200-meters and anchoring his country’s 4×100-m men’s relay team to reclaim the gold they had earned in Beijing while breaking their own world record.
Other top Jamaican winners were Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce.
Trinidad & Tobago grabbed four, including a gold medal performance in javelin by Keshorn Walcott; Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, two each and there was one apiece for The Bahamas and Grenada. The Bahamas men’s 4×400-meters relay team beat back the US to claim the gold while Kirani James of Grenada snatched gold in the men’s 400-meters.
Brazil led the way for Latin America, finishing with 17 medals, including the gold in the men’s volleyball. Colombia grabbed 8 while Mexico finished with seven including a gold by Javier Aquino in football. Argentina finished with four while there was one apiece for Venezuela and Guatemala.