Several medalist athletes of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, climbed the podium of the NACAC U18 and U23 Championships held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from July 21 to 23.
Costa Rica’s National Stadium served as the stage for youth and junior athletes to reach the podium of this event, which awarded points in the World Athletics and NACAC rankings.
The United States led the medal count with 23 gold, 16 silver and 8 bronze medals, for a total of 47, followed by Jamaica, a member delegation of Centro Caribe Sports, with 13 gold, 14 silver and 5 bronze medals, to finish with 32, while Canada completed the TOP-3, with 12 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze, for a total of 28 metals.
Twenty delegations climbed at least once to the podium during the three days of competitions, where 18 of the delegations are members of Centro Caribe Sports, including Jamaica, which took second place in the medal standings.
Medalists at San Salvador 2023 and at NACAC U18 & U23
Handal Roban of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was the best medalist athlete of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 who won a medal in this NACAC U18 & U23 in Costa Rica, winning gold in the 800 meters with a time of 1:47.43, beating Sean Dolan of USA (1:47.54) and Dennick Luke of Dominica (1:47.64).
Roban is the San Salvador 2023 Games champion in the same event, and clocked 1:45.93.
Kyle Gale of Barbados, who had a close race in the 400 meters in Costa Rica, finally took the silver medal, running the oval in 45.80 seconds. Game was part of the men’s 4x400m relay that won the silver medal in San Salvador 2023.
Leah Betrand of Trinidad and Tobago won a silver medal as part of the women’s 4x400m quartet at the Central American and Caribbean Games, while in Costa Rica she won a bronze medal in the 100m flat race.
Jordan Turner in the long jump and Danielle Sloley in the shot put, both from Jamaica, won the silver medal in San Salvador 2023, and in the NACA U18 & U23, they won the bronze medal.
Shaun Miller Jr. of Bahamas, in the High Jump event, is the owner of the bronze medal, both in the San Salvador 2023 Games and in the NACAC held this weekend.
Photo cover: Jamaica College Track & Field