From Hockey and Athletics to Swimming!
Did you know- Ryan Brathwaite has become a national hero since 2009, when he, inspired by Obadele Thompson, earned a gold medal for placing first in the men’s 110 hurdles at the IAAF World Championships. He became the first athlete from Barbados to win a world title. He was a virtual unknown before the 2009 World Championships. Brathwaite should contend for gold in the Games of the 30th Olympiad in the United Kingdom in 2012.
Did you know- At the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, the men’s hockey team of Barbados took the bronze medal. In the bronze -medal game, they beat Trinidad & Tobago. The members of that team were: Rawiston Nichols, Peter Norville, Ronald Chandler, Audraj Warner, Peter Clarice, Bejamin Maynard, Harcourt Wason, Michael Marshall, Franklyn Mapp, Ricardo Holder, Sinclair Haynes, Dennis Davis, Rene Bourne, Anderson Phillips, Ralph Watson, and Valence Lynch. Behind cricket and soccer, hockey is one of the Island’s most popular sports.
Did you know- With a time of 25.49 seconds, the Island’s swimmer Leah Martindale finished fifth, outpacing Shan Ying (China) and Natalya Meshcheryakova (Russia), in the women’s 50m freestyle, in the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in the United States in July and August 1996. A year ago, she came in seventh place in the 50m at the Pan American Games in Argentina.
Did you know- In the 70s,Lorna Forde became the best-known Olympic athlete when she finished third in the women’s 400m, behind Joyce Yakubowicz (Canada) and Debra Sapenter (America), at the VII Pan American Games in the United Mexican States. Later on, at the XXI Olympiad, held in Montreal (Canada) in July 1976, Miss Forde failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Did you know- 2000 was one of the best years for sport on the Island, one of the most respected democracies of the world’s developing countries. Why? On September 23, 2000, the Island’s sprinter Obadele Thompson made national history when he finished third in the men’s 100m at the 27th Summer Olympics in Australia; the Island’s first Olympic medal. Obadele Thompson was one of the surprise athletes at the Sydney Olympic Games. Curiously Mr Thompson came in fourth place in the men’s 200m in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Historically Thompson is the most famous Olympic athlete in Barbados, an English-speaking nation in the Caribbean.