Jamaica’s Demish Gaye stayed strong for 390 metres but had to settle for a silver medal in the 400 metres at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday.

Gaye would cross the line in a respectable 44.94 seconds but was bested by the 44.83 from Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano de la Cru.

The United States’ Justin Robinson was third in 45.07.

After the race, Gaye was a happy and said, despite not winning, his objective was achieved.

“I came out here with the intention to grab one of the medals and I did that,” he said.

In the final 100 metres of the race, Gaye said his only goal was to drive his arms, stay strong and get to the tape.

Jamaica have been doing well over the last few days on both the track and in the field and Gaye believes the pride that comes with putting on the national colours has something to do with that.

“It’s a great feeling, everytime I put on the national gears it’s a great feeling,” he said.

In addition, Gaye says the mood in the Jamaica camp has been relaxed.

“Everyone has been doing great. They’re always laughing,” he said about his teammates.

Barbados’ Jonathan Jones was another Caribbean man in the final but could only manage fifth with his 45.35, while Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, a man with immense potential was disappointingly last in 46.01.

Jamaica’s Megan Tapper didn’t think she would be happy with a bronze medal but after battling tough conditions in Lima, Peru, she has changed her mind. 

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