With 11 days gone and five to go at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, represented by 213 athletes in 19 of the 36 sporting competitions, are under pressure to match their medal collections of 34 in the last Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 2010 and the 21 achieved in the 2006 Games held in Cartagena, Colombia.
TT enter Day 12 of the 16-day Games today with the certainty of getting a ninth medal as lightweight boxer Michael Alexander contests a semifinal against Mexican Lindolfo Delgado, the loser though not advancing to the final, guaranteed a bronze medal.
TT also look to 100-metres hurdles finalist Josanne Lucas to go for gold in today’s final.
Yesterday the Trinidad and Tobago men’s hockey team took a 5-1 beating from Cuba in the final of their eight-team competition, leaving the Calypso-Soca stickmen to claim the silver medal, the first of that kind for TT whose solitary gold so far has been earned by swimmer George Bovell III.
Bovell III also won one of the six bronze medals for TT so far. Pistol shooter Roger Daniel was first TT medal winner at the Games and also adding bronze were cyclist Kwesi Browne, table tennis doubles pair Dexter St Louis and Curtis Humphreys, taekwondo artiste Dorian Alexander and judoka Christopher George.
TT are down to continuing their bid for medals in men’s volleyball although the team started their campaign with a 3-0 loss to Mexico last night, rugby, athletics, badminton and sailing.
TT’s campaign is ended in competition in archery, squash, canoeing, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, taekwondo, women’s basketball and football, cycling, table tennis, hockey and shooting.
At the 2010 CAC Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, TT was represented by 235 athletes in 24 sports and returned with a medal haul of 34 medals, nine gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze.