By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BY virtue of getting a bronze medal from Andre Colebrooke, the Bahamas’ four-member team finished tied with seven other countries for 16th place at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
In the official results from the three-day meet, Colebrooke ran one minute and 51.47 seconds for third place in the men’s 800 metre final on Sunday.
The gold went to Bryan Martinez Sanchez from Mexico in 1:50.35, while the silver stayed in Colombia with Miguel Cifentes in 1:51.10.
Colebrooke got third in his heat in 1:52.19 for the third fastest time. Martinez Sanchez won the heat in 1:51.44 and Nicholas Rivera of the US was second in 1:52.77. Rivera, however, finished 7th in the final in 1:53.88.
Also on Sunday, Gerrad Burrows was 15th in the men’s shot put final with 13.52 metres or 44-feet, 4 1/4-inches on his first throw. He scratched his second and threw 13.41m (44-0) on his third and final attempt.
Americans Joshua Freeman (20.20m ) and Coy Blair (19.69m ) got the gold and silver. The bronze went to Nelson Fernandes from Brazil with 19.35m (63-6).
In the discus on Friday, Burrows was ninth with a heave of 48.85m (160-3).
Other results for the Bahamas saw Ashley Oembler finish ninth in the women’s discus with her throw of 39.23m (128-8) and in the shot put, she threw 10.69m (35-1) for ninth as well.
Tayla Carter also made it to the final, running 24.37 for eighth place in the women’s 200m, but she didn’t advance out of the heats of the 100m after running 12.15.
The team is scheduled to arrive home today.
While the Bahamas was tied with Chile, St Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Uruguay and Haiti for 16th place with a medal each, the United States topped the medal chart with 16 gold, 126 silver and seven bronze for 39 medals.
Cuba came in second with 11 (eight gold and three silver) and Canada was third with 19 (six gold, six silver and seven bronze).
Anguilla was the highest ranked English-speaking country from the region with one gold for eighth spot. Jamaica was 11th with three silver and Barbados was 13th with one silver.