Belize athletes won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals and set a new record for the games in Long jump at the 2010 Central American Games in Panama.
|Proud Belizean athletes and delegates returned with their medals.|
Belizean track star Kaina Martinez won gold in the women’s 100meters in 12.05seconds last Friday. This was not a personal best. Kaina’s fastest time is 11.98sec. She also fell short of the C.A. games record set at 11.66.
Kaina Martinez won a second gold when she dominated the women’s 200 metres with a time of 24.89 seconds on Saturday, but again she fell short of a record for the C.A. games.
Tricia Flores won gold in the women’s long jump last Friday, shattering the old record of 5.66m with a leap of 5.97metres on her third jump. Her first jump was 5.72m and her second jump - 5.75m. Kaina Martinez won the silver at 5.45 metres
Jonathan Williams, Belize’s only athlete to make it past the first round of heats at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, won Belize’s third silver medal in the men’s 110m hurdles in Panama last Friday. This is not really Williams’ dominant event but he used it as a warm -up to the 400m hurdles in which he won Belize’s fourth gold medal on Monday.
After winning Belize’s first silver medal last week in the individual time trials, Belize’s national women’s road cycling champion Shalini Zabaneh placed ninth in the 66.3 km (42 mile) road race, in which Gina Lovell placed fourth. Evelyn Garcia of El Salvador, whom Shalini had beaten by 10 seconds in the time trial, won the gold in 1 hour 51 minutes and 30 seconds, while Costa Rica’s Marcela Rubiano won the silver and Adriana Rojas took the bronze.
|Kaina Martinez won gold in the woman's 100m and 200m races.|
Belizean cyclists Greg Lovell and Eduardo Reyes did not do so well in the individual time trials, which were dominated by Costa Rica, but Reyes won a bronze medal in the under-23 category in the 143 km (83.9 miles) road race. Gregory Lovell finished fifth among the elite with Panama’s Fernando Urena winning the gold in three hours 39 minutes seven seconds, Jose Bonilla of Costa Rica was hard on his wheel to take the silver. Mario Contreras led the main peloton to win the bronze in three hours 39 minutes and 34 seconds. Reyes was in the same group and finished ninth overall, but third among the under-23 cyclists with Costa Rica’s Allan Morales and Moises Hernandez taking the gold and silver.
|Tricia Flores won gold and set a new C.A. Games record of 5.97 in the woman's Long jump.|
Belizean Byron Pope had placed fourth (11th among the elite) in the under-23 time trial over 39 km last Thursday, and Reyes had finished ninth (18th among the elite).