T&T, led by brilliant Carter, enjoy medal push at CAC Games

By July 23, 2018
Dylan Carter Dylan Carter

Trinidad and Tobago have enjoyed some fabulous performances at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia so far, none more so than the exploits in the pool from Dylan Carter. 

Carter has claimed two gold medals in CAC Championship records. One of those records was also a T&T national record, his 50-metre butterfly clocking of 23.11 counting as the fourth fastest this year and 24th fastest of all time.

To add to Carter’s exploits, T&T have been fantastic on the cycling track, winning the men’s team sprint through the efforts of Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne and Njisane Phillip.

Paul was at it again on the track, claiming bronze in the Men’s keirin. The T&T team weren’t done with cycling yet either, as Teneil Campbell also got bronze for the country, securing third in the Women’s Scratch final, finishing behind Cuba’s Marlies Mejias and Mexico’s Lizbeth Salazar.

Felice Aisha Chow also added to T&T’s windfall, having copped a silver medal in the Women’s single Sculls rowing competition.

Chow finished the event in 9:26.24, behind Cuba’s Yariulvis Cobas, who stopped the clock in 9:13.05. Naiara Arrillaga of Mexico finished third in 9:41.22.

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