Thomas proud to medal again

Daneliz Thomas (left) on podium with other top finishers

There was no gold medal hanging around her neck at the end of the women’s javelin competition at the 2017 NatWest Island Games in Gotland on Monday (26 June) but Daneliz Thomas was content with the silver medal she earned.

Thomas warms up

Thomas competed in the event one week shy of her 18th birthday and looked to repeat her winning performance from two years ago in Jersey. Having already secured a medal ahead of her final attempt, the Mustangs Track Club athlete fouled a throw that would have been far enough to win the competition.

In the end, silver was hers for her best legal throw of 41.14m behind Airike Kapp of Saaremaa (41.70m).

“The competition was quite good. I can’t complain. Even though I wanted the gold, I’m still satisfied with the silver,” Thomas told

Thomas awaits her turn with Alderney’s Charmaine Johnson.

“I was quite disappointed that I fouled that one because…my foot doesn’t normally touch the line but I guess it happens to the best, so I still feel proud of myself.”

Although it was not gold this time around, Thomas said standing on the podium as a representative of the Cayman Islands is still a special honour. “It brings tears to my eyes because you know that you got a medal for your country. That’s the best feeling ever,” she said.

Two years ago in Jersey, Thomas topped the podium with a throw of 38.54 metres. Since then, she’s improved and has a best distance of 42.10 metres.

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