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Rio 2016 Team Barbados Roundup: Aug. 15-18

Team Barbados ended its Rio 2016 campaign yesterday with no medals but many commendable performances from our athletes over the last two weeks of intense competition. Tia-Adana Belle with a time of 56.68 placed fourth in Heat 2 of the 400m Hurdles but missed out on semi-final qualification. Kierre Beckles even more narrowly missed out […]

Rio 2016 Team Barbados Roundup: Aug. 12-13

Team Barbados continued its Rio 2016 campaign over the weekend with Akela Jones, Ramon Gittens and Michael Maskell in action. Michael Maskell competing in his fifth Olympic games performed very creditably in the Skeet competition placing 18th. Akela Jones appearing in her first but certainly not last Olympics, gave an admirable performance over the seven […]

Rio 2016 Team Barbados Roundup: Aug. 6-7

Team Barbados opened its Rio 2016 campaign over the weekend with three Olympic debutants in action. Alex Sobers and Lani Cabrera both took to the pool to compete in the 400m Freestyle. Meanwhile, Darian King fresh from two ATP tour titles in Cali, Colombia and Binghamton took on USA’s Steve Johnson in lawn tennis. Alex […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Akela Jones (Heptathlon & High Jump)

DOB: May 22 1995 Event: Heptathlon & High Jump Akela Jones started Track & Field from primary school. From the time she could walk she was running and being around her brothers and growing up around a lot of kids got her heavily into sports. They would play cricket, football, tennis, relay, basically whatever the […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Ramon Gittens (100 & 200m)

DOB: July 20 1987 Events: 100m & 200m Ramon Gittens was encouraged to take part in Track and Field by Alwyn Babb. He became BSSAC champion in the 100m and 200m while at the Lester Vaughn Secondary School. In 2001 at the CARIFTA Games in Trinidad he placed 3rd in the under 17 division. At […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Alex Sobers (400m Freestyle)

DOB: November 13 1998 Event: 400m Freestyle Alex got started in the sport in 2004 at the age of 6. He has been encouraged throughout this period by his parents. In 2011, he attended CARIFTA where he won Gold in the 200m Butterfly, Silver in the 200m Freestyle and Bronze in the 400m Freestyle. Alex’s […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Kierre Beckles (100m Hurdles)

DOB: May 21 1990 Event: 100m Hurdles Kierre Beckles has been involved in Track and Field from the tender age of 7 having been encouraged by her brother Julien Beckles and sister Natasha Burkett-Sealy. Kierre is the current Barbados record holder in the 100m Hurdles event with a time of 12.88. In her first year […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Lani Cabrera (400m Freestyle)

DOB: April 22 1993 Event: 400m Freestyle Lani got started swimming in 1996 after she was encouraged by her parents. Lani’s first year on the national team was when she competed at CARIFTA 2006 on home soil in Barbados where she was a distance finalist. In 2011 she attended the CAC Juniors in Mexico where […]

Team Barbados Rio 2016: Tia-Adana Belle (400m Hurdles)

DOB: June 15 1996 Event: 400m Hurdles Tia-Adana was encouraged to get involved in the athletics by her mother and coaches Jasper Blades and Janelle Denny. In her first year attending CARIFTA in Jamaica in 2011, she was part of the 4 x 400m Relay team which won silver. She won two silver medals in […]