Jack Kirby of Barbados became the first English-speaking swimmer to win a medal at the Pan Am Junior Games on Sunday.

Kirby won bronze in the Men’s 100m backstroke, in a time of 56.18, behind silver medallist Patrick Groters of Aruba and gold medallist, Diego Salgado of Mexico.

He’s the second medallist for Barbados at the Pan Am Games since countryman Bradley Ally won a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley at the 2007 Games in Rio De Janeiro.

Kirby also became the third English-speaking Caribbean medallist in the 100m Backstroke after George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago won silver at the 2003 Games in Santo Domingo and Dylan Carter, also from Trinidad, won bronze in 2019 in Lima.

On Monday, Cayman’s Jillian Crooks finished 3rd in the B final of the Women’s 50m freestyle in 26.73.

Nikolai Blackman from Trinidad won the B final in the Men’s 50m freestyle in 23.47 while Lamar Taylor of the Bahamas was third in 23.61.


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