By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
TEAM Bahamas opened competition at the inaugural Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, with the triathlon and swimming events first on the schedule.
William Tyler Russell was the standout performer for Team Bahamas and took 1st place in a pair of B Finals at the Hernando Botero O’ Byrne Aquatics Complex. In the 100m breast, Russell swam a personal best and winning time of 1:04.02 seconds and in the 200m breast, he again took first place in 2:24.80.
Lamar Taylor and Davante Carey both reached the B Final of the 100m backstroke. Taylor finished second in 58.05 while Carey was fourth in 58.66. Taylor also swam in the B Final of the 100m free style where he was 4th in a season’s best time of 51.86.
Carey also advanced to the B final in the 200m back and finished 8th in 200m 2:14.03. He improved on his prelim time of 2:14.89 which earned a 5th place finish.
Nigel Forbes reached the B Final of the 200m butterfly where he finished 7th in a season’s best time of 2:17.67. In the 100m fly he finished 6th in a season’s best time of 1:00.63 in the prelims.
Rahniska Gibbs swam a season’s best time of 1:18.09 to finish 7th in the prelims of the 100m breast while the men’s 4x100m free relay team finished 6th in 3:39.35 and the mixed 4x100m relay medley team was 6th in 4:14.11.
Rachel Lundy was sixth in the 100m free in 1:00.86 and the mixed 4x100m free relay team finished 6th in 3:50.50.
Ralph Wood III was the first member of Team Bahamas to compete and finished 28th in the field of the individual male triathlon at the Calima Lake Yacht Club on opening day.Wood finished in a time of 1 hour 14:14 seconds. He completed the run in 22:43, cycled 37: 14 and swam 11:21.
The Bahamas will be represented in 5 disciplines - athletics, swimming, rowing, triathlon and wrestling - featuring thousands of the best youth athletes across the region, through December 4.