Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was yesterday named the Best Female Athlete at the inaugural Panam Sports Awards in Fort Lauderdale.

The Jamaican sprint star was earning the award for her performances at the 2019 Pan American Games, while Brazillian gymnast Francisco Barretto was named the Best Male Athlete.

Fraser-Pryce, who was running in her first Pan American Games, broke the 200-metre games record, a mark that had stood for 40 years, when she clocked 22.43 seconds for gold.

Fraser-Pryce was beating American cyclist Chloe Dygert, Argentine swimmer, Delfina Pignatiello, Mexican racquetballer Paola Longoria, and Venezuelan triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas.

Barretto was beating Grenadian javelin thrower, Anderson Peters, Trinidad & Tobago cyclist Niholas Paul, Venezuelan fencer Ruben Limardo and Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez.

Bahamian sprinter Tynia Gaither has named decorated Jamaica star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as one of her biggest inspirations after claiming a rare bronze medal for the country, at the Pan American Games last week.

On Friday, the 26-year-old Gaither crossed the line in 27.76 seconds, well behind winner Fraser-Pryce, who broke a 40-year-old record after clocking 22.43 to take gold.  Despite finishing some way behind Jamaican and getting passed by Brazil’s Vitoria Rosa, close to the line, the achievement was a significant one.  In fact, only three Bahamian women have done what Gaither did and all were a part of the nation’s golden generation.

In 1987, Pauline Davis-Thompson earned the first medal for the Bahamas sprinters at the event when she secured the bronze medal in the 100 and 200m.  In 1999, Chandra Sturrup clinched the first gold in the 100m and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie followed by snatching the gold in the 200m.  Sturrup was the last female sprinter to medal at the Games after claiming a bronze in the 100m in 2007.

“Shelly-Ann is one of my idols, so every time I get to line up with her I’m on cloud nine,” Gaither told the Bahamas Tribune.

“She pushes me to a different level. I raced against her a few times and I can honestly say, I had some of my best races. So just to be able to be in that calibre with her was great. I wasn’t really nervous. I felt it was just a blessing to be there,”

Four relays two medals represented the best the Caribbean could produce over the course of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Beginning on Friday, T&T copped silver in the men’s 4x100 metres before grabbing a bronze in the 4x400 men the following day.

Jamaica, usually a powerhouse with stick in hand, found the going tough and only managed a bronze over the four relay events, 4x100  and 4x400 men and women.

The Jamaicans earned their sole medal with the stick in the 4x400 women.

On Friday, T&T’s team of Keston Bledman, Jerod Elcock, Kyle Greaux, and Akanni Hislop clocked a season’s best 38.46 seconds to finish behind Brazil, who hit the tape in 38.27.

Jamaica finished fifth in 39.01 seconds.

On Saturday, Jamaica did a little better, crossing the tape in women’s 4x400 metres in 3:27.61 to finish behind the United States, 3:26.46, and Canada, 3:27.01.

The T&T men would match the exploits of the Jamaicans, earning a bronze medal in a time of 3:02.25.

They would finish behind Colombia, 3:01.41, and the United States, 3:01.72.


Grenada’s Anderson Peters won a major battle against fellow Caribbean javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Saturday.

Peters would eventually throw 87.31 metres, breaking Cuba’s Guillermo Martinez’s eight-year-old Pan Am Games record to claim the win against Trinidad and Tobago’s Walcott, whose implement landed 83.55 metres away at its furthest.

Peters reached the mark with his first throw, finding his second best effort coming with his fourth throw, an 85.90 monster that would have won him the title anyway.

Walcott’s first throw was also his best, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic champion finding trouble with getting back to his lofty 90-metre best.
St Lucia’s Albert Reynolds threw a personal best, 82.19 metres for third.

Fourth place went to the United States’ Michael Shuey, the only other thrower over 80 metres, with his 80.72.

There were two other Caribbean athletes in the event, with Grenada’s Markim Felix, 77.18, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe, 76.15, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite is the Pan American 110-metre hurdles champion after his exploits on Saturday in Lima, Peru.

Brathwaite, no stranger to big competition, stayed steady at the end of a tight race to get the better of the United States’ Freddie Crittenden III. The two went through the tape together, registering 13.31 and 13.32 seconds.

The American and the Barbadian separated themselves from the field with Brazil’s Eduardo Dos Santos Rodrigue, 13.48, taking him closest.

Another Barbadian, Greggmar Swift, was just short of a place on the podium, finishing in 13.51 for fourth.

The race wasn’t clean and the United States’ Jarret Eaton, as well as Brazil’s Gabriel Oliveira Constantin failed to finish, while Colombia’s Fanor Escobar and Cuba’s Roger Iribarne were disqualified.

Decorated Jamaica sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce admitted she was ecstatic after breaking the long-standing record of American Evelyn Ashford at the Pan American Games on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce easily outclassed the rest of the field to clock 22.43 seconds in the Peruvian capital of Lima, beating the competition’s previous record of 22.45.  The Jamaican finished well clear of second-place Brazilian Vitoria Cristina Rose two-tenths of a second with Bahamian Tynia Gaither third in 22.76.

"It's a long time since I've broken a record so I feel great about that," the 32-year-old said.

The Jamaican admitted that although it took a while to warm up in Lima's damp, chilly weather, she was focused on her strategy.

"My coach told me to run the first half very hard and I decided to go for it from the gun," she said.

 "We were all cold out there but I wasn't too worried about the cold, I was just worried about everyone behind me."

She's still working on getting "a perfect finish," and her goal now is to break Elaine's Thompson's Jamaican record and win the gold at the world championships.

"It's always an honor to represent Jamaica and have some fun. That's what I wanted to do today."


Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts required a personal best to get anywhere near the dominance of Venezuela’s Yulimar Ojas in the women's triple jump at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday. 

Jamaica have proven they are still a force to be reckoned with at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, with Aisha Praught-Leer giving the country another feather in its cap.

Praught-Leer, running in the women’s 1500 metres, managed a silver medal, coming through the taoe in 4:08.26 seconds.

The Jamaican finished behind the run of the United States’ Dominique Hiltz, who clocked 4:07.14 seconds for her gold medal.

Praught-Leer, in fact, split two Americans as Alexa Efraimson finished third in 4:08.63.

Of course, there were no other Caribbean athletes in the even save for Cuba’s Rose Mary Amanza Blanco, who finished seventh in 4:14.81

Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd has continued to do her country proud in the unusual area of the shot put, throwing the implement out to 19.55 metres to break the 36-year-old record of Cuba’s Maria Sarria.

Thomas-Dodd was well better than the field, with the best throw behind her coming from Canada’s Brittany Crew, who’s personal best is now 19.07 metres long.

The United States’ Jessica Ramsey finished third in a season’s best, 19.01 metres.

Another US athlete, Damiella Hill, finished outside of the medals with 18.06 fpr fourth.

From the Caribbean, Cuba’s Yaniuvis Lopez Sago was fifth with 17.99 metres, while the pair of Trinidad and Tobago athletes, Ckeopatra Borel and Portious Warren were eighth and ninth respectively with throws of 17.37 and 16.55 metres.

Borel, a veteran of nearly 20 years, was the Pan American champion in 2015 and as late as last year, won the Central and Caribbean Games.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has continued the dominance of women sprinters in the country by walking away with the half-lap event at the Pan Americans Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce raced to 22.43, removing the 22.45 seconds set by the United States’ Evelyn Ashford all the way back in 1979.

Fraser-Pryce ran a controlled race, gaining on the Bahamas Tania Gaither all the time.

She would circle her towards the end of the top of the corner and would come off it in front with a slight lead.

She would maintain that lead throughout the last hundred, finishing in front of Vitoria Cristina Silva Rosa, who crossed the tape in 22.64, a personal best for her.

Gaither would finish third in 22.76.

The event was Caribbean strong with Canada’s Crystak Emanuel finishing among the mix, ending fourth in 22.89, a season’s best.

Fifth was the Bahamas’ Anthonique Strachan, in 22.97, while Ecuador’s Angelina Tenorio Mocolta finished sixth in 23.08.

Seventh and eighth were completed by Dominica’s Marileidy Paulino, 23.29, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett, 23.62.

Rushell Clayton and Kemar Mowatt brought Jamaica’s tally of medals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday to six.

Beginning the day with the high jump, Jamaica notched their first mark with Kimberley Spencer’s bronze in the high jump, before Megan Simmonds-Tapper did the same in the 100 hurdles. Shericka Jackson would bring the only gold medal in the women’s 400 metres, while Demish Gaye earned a silver all before the one-lap hurdles events began.

And as if spurred on by the earlier successes, Clayton, 55.53 seconds, ran a brave race to finish just behind the United States’ Ann Cockrell, 55.50.

Cuba’s Zurian Hechevarria Marten brought more silverware for the Caribbean with a third place finish in 55.85.

Barbados’ Tia-Adana Belle finished just outside of the medal placings with her 55.85 clocking, while another Jamaican, Ronda Whyte, running out of lane eight, found the pace too tough and finished seventh in 57.42.

Among the men, Mowatt ran a steady race and looked in clear position to land a bronze medal when all hell broke loose down the final stretch.

Running stride for stride ahead of Mowatt were Brazil’s Alison Alves Dos Santos and Dominica’s Juander Santos Aquino until the latter hit the second-to-last hurdle and went crashing out of the race, leaving the former clear to come home alone in a personal best 48.45 seconds.

But the silver medal that should now have gone to Mowatt wasn’t to be either, as the United States, Amere Lattin, coming off the final hurdle in third surged to finish in 48.98. Mowatt, who finished in 49.09 had no answer.

The other Caribbean finalists finished down the track with the Bahamas’ Jeffery Gibson fourth in a season’s best 49.53 and Cuba’s Leandro Zamora, seventh in 50.29.

St Lucia’s Levern Spencer topped a podium of Caribbean athletes in the women’s high jump at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday.

Spencer jumped 1.87 metres to get the better of Antigua and Barbuda’s Priscilla Frederick, who cleared the same height, but lost out on count back.

The bronze medal also went to an athlete from the Caribbean as, Jamaica’s Kimberley Williamson leapt to 1.84 metres for third, beating the season’s best of another St Lucia athlete Jeanelle Anna Scheper.

Scheper also leaped 1.84 and was better than Brazil’s Valdileia Martins on count back.

Jamaica’s Latoya Hanson did not start.

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