Cayman’s presence felt in track and field

Jamal Walton looked dominant in the 200m prelims in Gotland.

Cayman’s track and field athletes made their presence felt at the Gutavallen stadium in Visby on the opening day of competition at the 17th NatWest Island Games on Sunday, 25 June. Every runner, who lined up for their preliminary round runs were first across the line, while Aijah Lewis was in medal contention in the women’s long jump.

While the people of the Swedish island of Gotland have been warm hosts, the same could not be said for their weather on the opening evening of the track and field competition. Temperatures dipped into the 50s with a steady 16 mph wind blowing across the stadium.

Lewis finished fourth of 16 competitors with her best jump of 5.32 metres. The winning jump was 5.92m by Hannah Wiss of Aland. Bethan Pilley from Isle of Man was second with 5.56m, and third was Kärt Õunapuu of Saaremaa with 5:45m. The 17-year-old now turns her attention to the high jump on Wednesday.

Aijah Lewis


On the track, Jamal Walton stamped his mark in the 200m with a time of 21.80 to win his heat comfortably and is easily the quickest of those advancing to the semi-finals on Monday to challenge for a spot in the final later in the evening.

In the women’s 400m preliminaries, Shalysa Wray and Pearl Morgan easily moved on, with both winning their heats. Wray was the fastest overall with 57.06 seconds, while Morgan was fourth fastest overall with 58.50. They run in separate semi-finals on Monday.


Tahj Lewis was comfortable in the men’s 800m, with a steady time of 1:58.19 to win his heat and is the third fastest among those moving on to the semi-finals on Monday. The finals run later in the day.

Lamar Reid struggled with windy and cold conditions in the high jump and was not able to be comfortable enough in the conditions to challenge for a medal. Although he did not clear any height asked of him, national coach Kenrick Williams believes the experience in different conditions and against international athletes will do the 15-year-old well. He gets another crack at the competition on Wednesday in the long jump.


Also competing on Monday: Jeahvon Jackson goes under the starter’s gun in the 400m hurdles, while Daneliz Thomas looks to defend her title in the women’s javelin in the evening. will have instant updates on Facebook for the finals, with a full wrap at the end of the evening.

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