The XX Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd – August 3rd, 2014 is the largest multi-sport Games ever to be held in Scotland. With approximately 4,950 athletes from 71 different nations and territories competing in 17 different sports, outranking the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation consisted of 20 athletes and 8 officials from 5 sports namely Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting and Swimming.
Results were as follows:
Athletics – Track and Field
Afia Charles and Samantha Edwards both participated in the 400m. Samantha placed 6th in her heat with a time of 55.48, therefore, she did not qualify for the next heat. Unfortunately, Afia was disqualified.
Amy Harris-Willock competed in the Women’s Long Jump. Unfortunately, she failed all three of her jumps.
High Jumper Priscilla Frederick placed 6th in Qualification Group A with a season best of 1.81. Priscilla was one step away from advancing to the finals when she failed all three of her attempts at the 1.85 mark.
Chavaughn Walsh competed in the 100m event. He placed 6th in his heat running a time of 10.88 secs which did not secure him a spot in the next heat.
Daniel Bailey competed in both the 100 and 200m events. In the 100m, Daniel placed 1st in his heat in a time of 10.30 secs which allowed him to advance to the semi-finals where he placed 5th in a time of 10.22 secs. He placed 7thof 72 athletes overall in this event! In the 200m, Daniel placed 2nd in his heat, running a time of 20.74. He then went on to placing 3rd in the semis running a time of 20.49 (PB). After advancing to the finals, he ran at a time of 20.43 (PB) which landed him a 6th place position.
Kasheem Colbourne placed 5th in the men’s 200m in a time of 21.92 secs. He did not advance to the next heat.
Tahir Walsh was disqualified from the men’s 100m due to a false start.
The Men’s 4 X 100m relay made Antigua and Barbuda proud by breaking the A&B national record with a time of 39.48 seconds. They placed third in their heat behind England and South Africa which qualified them to compete in the finals along with seven other world nations to include Jamaica, England, Trinidad, South Africa, Canada, Nigeria and the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the team placed 7th in the finals. The athletes were Cejhae Greene (1st leg), Daniel Bailey (2nd), Kasheem Colbourne (3rd) and Miguel Francis (anchor).
In the Boxing light heavy, Yakita Aska qualified for the quarter final. However, did not qualify to the semi-finals after his shoulder was dislocated with 2 seconds to go in the first round. He was declared injured and the match was given to the opponent by default.
Damian Davidson competed in the men’s welterweight category. Unfortunately, he did not advance to the next round.
Antigua and Barbuda was represented in Cycling-Track (Points and Scratch race) by Jyme Bridges and Tamiko Butler for the first time in history. Tamiko also competed in the Individual Pursuit to which she ranked 18. Unfortunately, she did not finish the scratch or points race. Jyme finished the Points race with -60 points whilst he was unable to finish the men’s scratch event. Both cyclists produced good performances in each of their qualifying heats but failed to make it to the finals.
Four cyclists; Andre Simon, Marvin Spencer, Jyme Bridges and Tamiko Butler competed in both the Road Race and Time Trial events. Tamiko is the first female to represent Antigua and Barbuda at the Commonwealth Games in the road event and produced the best results by finishing 18th of 32 in the Time Trial with a of 47:17.99 and 24th of 62 in the road race with a time of 2:51:00.
In the male TT, Andre, Jyme and Marvin finished 34th, 37th and 49th of 57 with times of 58:49.06, 1:01:15.52 and 1:01:30.09 respectively. In the road race, only 12 of the 140 cyclists who started completed the race. Jyme completed 7 of the 14 laps before being pulled whilst Marvin completed 4 laps. Andre completed 2 laps before leaving the race due to mechanical issues.
Anderson Perry placed 29th in the Queen’s Prize Individual event whilst Thomas Greenaway placed 34th. Both Shooters later competed in the Queen’s Prize Pairs where they placed 17th.
Swimmer Rachel Wall competed in the women’s 50m and 100m freestyle and posted a personal best of 29.35 seconds and 1:05:49 respectively, landing her third in her heats. However, her performance did not qualify her to advance into the next heat in either events.
J’air Smith competed in both the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle events. He swam in a time of 33.62 and 57.08 placing him in 7th and 5th place respectively. He did not advance to the next heat.