Bahamian Rhema Otabor picked up her country’s second Athletics medal at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile when she claimed silver in the women’s javelin throw on Friday.

The 20-year-old produced a best distance of 60.54m, her first throw over 60m, to finish second behind Colombia’s Flor Denis Ruiz who threw 63.10m for gold.

The USA’s Madelyn Harris took bronze with 60.06m.

This continues an excellent season for the Nebraska Junior.

She also took top spot at the NCAA Championships in June with a 59.49m effort, the Bahamian national title with 59.75m in July and NACAC Under-23 title with 57.48m later that month.

Despite missing out on the final, Rhema Otabor of Bahamas, had much to be proud of, as she was the lone Caribbean representative in a stacked women’s javelin event on day five of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday.

Otabor, the NCAA champion, entered the championship in good knick, having recently broken the girls’ Under-23 record at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-18 and Under-23 championships, but was unable to replicate that form on the day.

The 20-year-old, competing in Pool B of the qualifiers launched the instrument to a best mark of 53.62m, which was well off her personal best of 59.75m. Prior to that, Otabor threw a mere 48.34m and later failed to achieve a mark on her final attempt.

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