Barbados Sports – Olympic Diamonds in the Caribbean!
From Hockey and Swimming Runner!
Did you know- Ryan Brathwaite has been a national hero since 2009, when, under the inspiration of Obadele Thompson, he won a gold medal for placing 110 men at the IAAF World Championships. He became the first runner from Barbados to win a world title. He was unknown before the 2009 World Championships. Brathwaite is set to compete for gold at the 30th Olympic Games in the United Kingdom in 2012.
Did you know- At the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, a men’s Barbados hockey team took home a bronze medal. In a bronze-game match, they beat Trinidad and Tobago. The team members 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. After cricket and soccer, hockey is one of the sports on the Island.
Did you know- In 25.49 seconds, Island swimmer Leah Martindale finished fifth, surpassing Shan Ying (China) and Natalia Meshcheryakova (Russia), in the women’s 50m, at the XXVI Olympiad in the United States in July and August 1996. Last year, she came to the seventh in the 50m at the Pan American Games in Argentina.
Did you know- In the 70s, Lorna Forde became the most famous Olympic athlete when she finished third in the women’s 400m, after Joyce Yakubowicz (Canada) and Debra Sapenter (USA), at the VII Pan American Games in the United States. Later, at the XXI Olympiad, held in Montreal (Canada) in July 1976, Miss Forde failed to get ready for the final.
Did you know- 2000 was one of the best years of sports on the Island, one of the most respected democracies in the developing world. Why? On September 23, 2000, island striker Obadad Thompson made world history by finishing third in the men’s 100m at the 27 Australian Summer Olympics; The first Olympic island medal. Obadele Thompson was one of the most feared athletes at the Sydney Olympics. Surprisingly, Mr. Thompson came fourth in the men’s 200m Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Historically Thompson is the most famous Olympic athlete in Barbados, an English-speaking country in the Caribbean.