Bahamian decathlon athlete Ken Mullings won the silver medal in that event late Tuesday evening at the 24th edition of the Central America and Caribbean Games in San Salvador, El Salvador.
He finished the meet with 8,060 points as he and the winner, Puerto Rico’s Ayden Owens, were the only two competitors who scored over 8,000 points. Owens finished with a new games record 8,281 points.
Mullings’ silver medal was the second medal for track and field. Shaun Miller Jr. won it the previous night in the high jump event. Mullings’ silver medal also gives The Bahamas four total medals at this edition of the games. The country has one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Kendrick Thompson was also competing in the decathlon, but he bowed out of competition after getting the did not start designation in the 110m (meters) hurdles. He was disqualified on Monday night in the 400m.
Mullings opened the final session with a third-place tie with Owens in the pole vault, with a height of 4.60m (15’ 1”). The javelin throw was the ninth event in the decathlon and Mullings finished second with a throw of 55.92m (183’ 5-1/2”).
The 1500m was the final event in the decathlon. The Bahamian pushed and finished with a time of 4:59.92 to place fifth.
Rhema Otabor had to settle for fourth place in the women’s javelin with a throw of 56.34m (184′ 10″). Colombia’s Flor Ruiz won the competition with a throw of 60.52m (198′ 6-3/4″)
Tamara Myers was in action in the women’s long jump last night. No results were available at press time.
It was a spirited effort by Team Bahamas on the sand, but the host national won 7-4 over in the beach soccer. Wood Julmis scored his fourth and fifth goal of the games to lead The Bahamas in scoring.
The game was a competitive one from the start, as The Bahamas stormed back with two quick goals from Julmis after the hosts went up 1-0. The first period ended 2-2 as the host found the back of the net in the final minute of the period.
The hosts scored an own goal in the second third as the game tied at three goals each. Like the first third, El Salvador found the back of the net in the final minute of the period, as they took a 4-3 lead heading into the final third.
Three unanswered goals in the third period by El Salvador was enough to put the game away, as they went up 7-3. Julmis’ brother, Evens scored for The Bahamas in the final minute of the game to give them their fourth goal but it was not enough.
The loss eliminated them from advancing deeper into the tournament. They ended the tournament with a 1-2 win/loss record with their only win coming against Trinidad and Tobago with a 6-2 scoreline.
The Bahamas senior men’s water polo team had the day off on Tuesday and returned to the pool last night in a quarterfinal matchup against Puerto Rico. No scores were available at press time.