Shane Brathwaite delivered the first gold medal for Barbados at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games tonight.
But this was no shocking result as the talented hurdler came into his pet event with the second-best time of 13.53 seconds.
The Bajan star took the 110-meter hurdles in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a stunning season-best time of 13.38 seconds when he crossed the finish line.
CARICOM neighbours Trinidad and Tobago also had something to shout very hard about as well, when Ruebin Walters brought home a silver medal in 13.57 seconds.
The man who had the fastest qualifying time of 13.52 seconds heading into the final, Roger Contreras of Cuba, had no choice but to settle for bronze with a time of 13.58 seconds.
This is now the second time that Brathwaite has won a gold medal for the island at this prestigious event in the same discipline after winning back in 2013 when the Games were held in Mexico.
Brathwaite competed in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics but unfortunately did not finish the race in the qualifying heat. His gold medal in the octathlon at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics made him the first person from Barbados to win a gold medal at a global athletics championship.
On Saturday Barbados got its first medal when the equestrian team of Monique Archer, Zoe Archer and Laura Smith won the bronze.
Then on Wednesday, the women’s squash team of Amanda Haywood, Meagan Best and Jada Smith-Padmore won the second medal, which was also a bronze.
Kimberley Gittens won the country’s fourth bronze medal, this time in the light welterweight boxing category.
Gittens assured of a bronze medal after advancing to the semi-finals but surrendered her opportunity to snatch the gold when she went down 3-2 to Dominican Republic’s Mirquin Sena.
Just yesterday Sonia Gaskin continued the bronze collection for Barbados in the Women’s 800m with a new personal best and new national record time of 2:03.13. The previous record of 2:03.59 was held by Sheena Gooding back in 2005 also during the CAC Games.
Gold went to Rose Mary Blanco of Cuba in 2:01.63 and Alena Brooks of Trinidad and Tobago grabbed the silver in 2:02.26. The other Bajan Sade Sealy who competed finished in eighth position in 2:06.75.
Fellow Bajan sprinter Mario Burke was unlucky not to be featuring with the medals when he finished fourth in the men’s 100 metres.
Burke clocked 10.17 barely missing out on a podium finish in the marquee event at the Games.
Jamaican Nesta Carter took the gold in 10.07 seconds, Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevis the silver in 10.15 and bronze went to Cejhae Greene of Antigua and Barbuda in 10.16.
Barbados’ best result at a senior outdoor global competition was when retired sprinter Obadele Thompson produced a bronze medal-winning performance in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where he clocked 10.04 to finish third in the men’s 100m final.
Since then the island’s only other gold medal at a major track and field event came when Ryan Brathwaithe shocked the world and narrowly won the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.