Hyman breezes through 100m heats

Cayman Islands national record holder in the men’s 100m, Kemar Hyman, breezed through the heats of the event Wednesday morning (28 June) at the NatWest Island Games being held in Gotland, Sweden. Another Caymanian, Jamal Walton broke the games record in the 400m.

Hyman lined up lane three of the first of four heats and took a casual run to the line, finishing in 10.39 seconds just outside the Island Games record of 10.35 seconds set by Bermuda’s Harold Houston in 2013. The Caymanian was the only runner under 11 seconds.

“I just needed to shake out the legs,” Hyman told CaymanSportsBuzz.com. “It’s a little bit cold out here…and I have to be careful because you can get injured.”

A few local journalists showed up to catch the Olympian in action and the stadium announcer could hardly contain his excitement that the games record could be broken – that’s something that will likely happen.

Hyman, who set the Cayman Islands record with 9.95 seconds in 2012, has a season’s best time of 10.20 and if he runs any harder than he did in the opening round, the record could very well be his in the semi-finals.

While that may be the case, he said it’s not something the 28-year-old is thinking about. “I just want to go in and have a good race, make the fans happy and have a good time. That’s more the main focus out here.” However, he’s pondering that possibility for the 4x100m relay.  – see interview.

He runs again in the semi-finals on Thursday (just after 5:00 a.m. in the Cayman Islands) and is highly favoured to advance and win the finals, which runs at 12:10 p.m. in the Cayman Islands.

Jamal Walton

Jamal Walton, who stormed to the men’s 200m gold on Monday, was more impressive as he coolly won his heat in the 400m in 46.43 sec, breaking the previous Island Games record of 46.70 set by Guernsey’s Dale Garland 10 years ago.

Also moving on in the event is Jeavhon Jackson, who followed up his bronze in the 400m hurdles with a run of 51.38 sec. They run in the semi-finals on Thursday at 4:45 a.m. in the Cayman Islands.

Shalysa Wray won her race inthe heats of the women’s 200m in 26.04 seconds and moves on to the semi-finals on Thursday (5:00 a.m. in the Cayman Islands). On Tuesday, the 17-year-old won a silver in the 400m, her first in international competition.

More track and field medals are expected Wednesday evening. Two-time long jump gold medallist Carl Morgan competes along with 15-year-old Lamar Reid. Aijah Lewis, who just missed out on a medal in the women’s long jump, will have another shot in the high jump. Dominic Dyer runs the men’s 5,000m and Alexander Pascal is a favourite in the men’s javelin.


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