CAC Champs 2001


Results and News

Central American and Caribbean Championships

Guatemala, 20-22 July, 2001


DAY 1 -  SATURDAY JULY 20, 2001

Kim Collins, Olympian, has brought the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis it's first Gold Medal in the history of the C.A.C. Athletics Championships.   His gold winning performance was a spectacular feat.  Kim shatterred the eighteen (18) year old Championships 100m record of 10.16s, by running a personal best time of 10.04s last night in Guatemala City's Mateo Flores International Stadium. Collins beat his previous best time of 10.06s, run at the IAAF Grand Prix meet at Lausanne, Switzerland on 4th July, 2001.   Collins dominated the event with a scintillating start and powered down the 100m straight ahead of Jamaican, Julien Dunkley, (10.35 seconds) and Trinidadian, Jacey Harper (10.39 seconds).  Collins had won silver two years ago behind Barbados' Obadeli Thompson in the 1999 Championships in Barbados.

This performance gives Kim the 7th best time in the world this year and augurs well for his chances at making the finals at the World Championship in Canada.  He would need a superlative effort however, to medal in the World Games scheduled to commence on August 3rd in Edmonton.


DAY 2 -   SUNDAY JULY 21, 2001

On Day 2, Kim won his semi-finals in the 200m with a timeof 20.77s, sufficient to lead all qualifiers into the finals.  Keita Cline (BVI) was third (3rd) in the same heat in a time of 20.98s.  The next fastest qualifier was Renward Wells of the Bahamas in 20.79s, followed by Juan Pedro Toledo of Mexico in 20.92s.

Kim Collins doubles at the CAC Championships running  20.55s and winning the 200m, 2 years after Obadelai Thompson of Barbados did the same feat in his home country.  Collins displayed his Championship form by winning the event, followed by Juan Pedro Toledo of Mexico in 20.82 seconds and third placed Keita Cline of the British Virgin Islands, in 20.88 seconds.


DAY 1 -  SATURDAY JULY 20, 2001

Valma Bass, the nation's top female sprinter & Olympian, also competed at the C.A.C. Championships and placed fourth (4th) in the Women's 100m Final in a time of 11.62s short of her personal best of 11.43s run at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on 15th April 2000.  The time is however close to her best for this year of 11.56s, run at Fort-de-France, Martinique on 28th April.  The women field was a strong one and included such names as: Veronica Campbell & Astia Walker of Jamaica; Lilliana Allen of Mexico, Fana Ashby of Trinidad & Tobago, and Virgen Benavides of Cuba.   The winner of the race was Lilliana Allen in a time of 11.32s, followed by Astia Walker, Jamaica (11.41) and Virgen Benavides, Cuba (11.48).  Valma will also compete for St. Kitts & Nevis at the World Championships and is expected to do well in the finals.


DAY 2 -   SUNDAY JULY 21, 2001

Valma Bass placed second (2nd) to Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands in her semifinals, in a time of 23.99s.  That time ranked her second overall going into the finals, with the hope of a medal.  Tahesia Harrigan of the Birtish Virgin Islands, also performed well in her semis placing second (2nd) to Virgen Benavides of Cuba, in a time of 24.67s.

In the finals, Miss Bass was kept out of the medals by the gold medal performance of Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands ) in 22.54s, followed by Lilliana Allen (Mexico) in 23.13s and Virgen Benavides (Cuba) in a time of 24.67s.  Valma placed fifth (5th) in a time of 23.69s.

Other English Caribbean gold medallists were Danny McFarlane, Michelle Burgher, and Elva Goulbourne of Jamaica; Kareem Streete-Thompson and Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands; and Dominic Johnson and Lavern Spencer, of St. Lucia.