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Caribbean Sprints to Commonwealth Games Medals

Three women from the Caribbean dazzle the Gold Coast of Australia with a sweep of the Women’s 100 Meter Final at the Commonwealth Games.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye dashed out of the starting blocks and led her country to its first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the event and the title of ‘Fastest Woman in the Commonwealth’. She finished with a remarkable time of 11.14 seconds.

Dylan Carter also helped Trinidad and Tobago’s position on the medal table, earning a silver medal in the Men’s 50 Meter Butterfly.

Ahye, the first gold medalist from Trinidad and Tobago at the Commonwealth Games in 20 years, was followed closely by the Jamaican duo of Christania Williams and Gayon Evans. Williams and Evans earned their country silver and bronze medals with photo-finish times of 11.21 and 11.22 seconds, respectively.

Fellow Jamaican and Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake – the youngest 100 Meter World Champion ever in 2011 – earned his first Commonwealth Games medal with a silver in the Men’s 100 Meter Final. Alia Atkinson is also bringing home a silver medal for Jamaica by reaching the podium in the Women’s 50 Meter Breaststroke.

Bermuda is also now home to a Commonwealth Games gold medalist as Flora Duffy is the first across the finish line in the Women’s Triathlon. Duffy is also a Pan American Games medalist, earning a bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Canada – the largest of Panam Sports’ 15 countries competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – is also off to a great start with 37 total medals and seven golds. Below is a complete breakdown of the Canadian medalists so far:

GOLD
Elisabeth Black – Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s All-Around
Women’s Team – Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s All Around
Shallon Olsen – Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Vault
Kylie Masse – Swimming – Women’s 100m Backstroke; 200m Backstroke
Taylor Ruck – Swimming – Women’s 200m Freestyle
Maude Charron – Weightlifting – Women’s 63kg

SILVER
Elisabeth Black – Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Vault
Scott Morgan – Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Floor Exercise
Cory Paterson – Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Horizontal Bar
Men’s Team – Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s All-Around
Brittany Rogers- Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Uneven Bars
Mohammed Ahmed – Athletics – Men’s 5000m
Taylor Ruck – Swimming – Women’s 200m Backstroke; 50m Freestyle
Kierra Smith – Swimming – Women’s 100m Breaststroke
Sarah Darcel – Swimming – Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Women’s Team – Swimming – 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Women’s Team – Swimming – 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Sarah Mehan – Swimming – Women’s S7 50m Butterfly
Aurelie Rivard – Swimming – Women’s SM10 200m Individual Medley
Boady Santavy – Weightlifting – Men’s 94kg
Tali Darsigny – Weightlifting – Women’s 58kg
Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau – Weightlifting – Women’s 75kg

BRONZE
Shallon Olsen – Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Floor Exercise
Scott Morgan – Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Rings
Zachary Clay – Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Pommel Horse
Tim Nedow – Athletics – Men’s Shot Put
Men’s Team – Track Cycling – Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit
Women’s Team – Track Cycling – Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit
Taylor Ruck – Swimming – Women’s 100m Backstroke;100m Freestyle
Markus Thormeyer – Swimming – Men’s 100m Backstroke
Philippe Vachon – Swimming – Men’s SM8 200m Individual Medley
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson – Swimming – Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Joanna Brown – Triathlon – Women’s Individual
Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet – Weightlifting – Women’s 53kg

There are still many more days of competition and medals to be won at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games that end April 15.