Arantxa King Wins Silver In Puerto Rico

July 18, 2011

Arantxa King won Bermuda’s second medal in the Central American and Caribbean [CAC] Senior Track and Field Championships being held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Ms King, who represented Bermuda in the 2008 Olympics, comes from an athletic family; her mother, Branwen Smith-King, is a former Bermuda long jump champion. Her father Adrian King is a track coach, and her sister Akilah is an accomplished triple jumper.

She placed second in the women’s Long Jump with a leap of 6.47m, which was a personal best for Ms King. Her Silver medal followed after Tyrone Smith’s Gold medal winning performance earlier in the competition.

BTFA President Donna Watson provided an update on the team’s performance saying, “We started off the games with Tre in the 100m who unfortunately false started in the 100m. Aaron Evans was still having problems with his hamstring and did not compete at all.”

“Next was Lamont in the 1500m who placed 11th in a time of 3.55.00. Shine and Andrea began the heptathlon with Shianne placing 6th overall running a new Bermuda record in the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.76 and winning the 800m in a time of 2.16.52.”

“Shianne eventually finished with 5177 points which is well within the standard for the Pan Am Games of 4850. Andrea placed 9th and competed injured with points of 3978. Tre than competed in the 200m and placed 17th overall in a time of 21.47. Tyrone Smith than competed in the long jump and won the gold with a leap of 8.06.”

“Darico Clarke in his first senior competition placed 13th overall in a time of 1.58.69. Lamont ran a courageous race in the 5000m in thunder, lightning and rain and finished 6th in 14.53.67. Next up was Jasmine Brunson in her first senior competition placing 8th with a leap of 6.01m.”

“All in all the team performed well and gave 100% in their competitions,” concluded Ms Watson.

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