Lots of records and numerous Huntsman Senior Games’ qualifying times were the order of the day when the track and field segment of the 15th National Senior Games, came off at the National Stadium on Monday.
Over twenty records fell during an exciting day of track and field in varying age categories. Three of those records went to Barney Braithwaite who toppled the National Senior Games records in the Men’s 80-plus, 50-meters dash, 100-meters dash and 400 meters. He shaved seconds off the old record of 1:57.49 in the 400 meters when he ran a time of 1:28.54. He also raised the bar in the 50 meters with a time of 8.37 seconds and then etched his name in the record books as the first to win the 100 meters in his age group, in a time of 16.36 seconds.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY after his impressive medal haul, Braithwaite explained he pushed through severe knee pains for several weeks in order to compete in the event, which made his success even sweeter.
“I first entered the senior games at the age of 74, I like the exercise, I like to keep my body fit,” said the well-toned Brathwaite, who also attributed his healthy diet to his agility.
“I am thrilled at my performance because I have been suffering with a knee problem for four weeks. However with the doctor’s help and a series of home remedies I was able to run today,” he added.
Co-ordinator of the National Senior Games Rawle Clarke expressed joy at the successful staging of the event. He added that given the high number of qualifying times, there would most likely be a need to employ an additional system to narrow down the contingent that would represent Barbados at the Huntsman Senior Games in the USA given limited financial resources.
“Most of the disciplines had a significant increase of participants. A lot of stiff competition and a lot of the athletes qualified for the Huntsman World Senior Games, which would be held in October. I must say I am really impressed,” said Clarke.
“What we will do is look at the records and positions because Government can only afford a certain amount. Actually we only usually carry a contingent of 27,” he added. (CM)