Trinidad and Tobago fielded 233 athletes, 129 men 104 women, contesting 22 different sports including the team sports of basketball, football, hockey, rugby and volleyball.
TT men’s volleyball team were last in action in yesterday’s 16th and last day of the Games and beaten three sets to none by Colombia in a playoff match to determine 7th and eighth place.
Colombia won 25-15, 25-21, 25-13.
But in Saturday’s penultimate day of Games action, Trinidad and Tobago celebrated what turned out to be its 11th medal, bronze, the eighth, and won by the men’s rugby team.
The TT rugby team earned the medal after outplaying Venezuela 26-24 led by an MVP performance from Agboola Silverthorn who helped his team recover from a 19-14 halftime score for the victory.
Roger Daniel had fired Trinidad and Tobago to its first medal – a bronze – on Day 3 of the Games in which TT’s two gold medals were achieved by George Bovell III on Day 6 of the Games and by Cleopatra Borel in the women’s shot put final of Day 13.
Bovell also won a bronze medal in the 50-mertre backstroke final.
The men’s hockey team won the lone silver medal after losing to Cuba 1-5 in the Games final.
Judo’s Christopher George, taekwondo artiste Dorian Alexander,cyclist Kwesi Browne, lightweight boxer Michael Alexander and the men’s table tennis pair of Dexter St Louis and Curtis Humphreys have earned bronze medals.
Trinidad and Tobago were tenth of 26 countries winning at least one medal at the Games which had Cuba with 250 medals including 121 gold ahead of hosts Mexico with 328 medals, 113 of them gold. Colombia were third with g9 gold medals out of 220.
In the 2010 Games staged in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Trinidad and Tobago finished with 32 medals including nine gold. TT’s medal collection was 21 with one gold and nine silver in the 2006 Games in Colombia and it was 17 with five gold in the El Salvador Games of 2002.
Back in the 1990 games held in Mexico City, Trinidad and Tobago collected 13 medals, five silver and eight bronze.
In the intervening years, TT counted 14 medals in 1998 when the Games were hosted in Maracaibo, Venezuela and 16 in the Ponce, Puerto Rico 1993 edition.
Staff accompanying the TT representation at the Games numbered 84 headed by Annette Knot as Chef De Mission and Allan Crane as Press Personnel.