Athens: Dion Crabbe using the ground for balance during Monday's
Crabbe debuts at the Olympic Games on Tuesday
Virgin Islands’ top sprinter and double national record holder Dion Crabbe, will
make his Olympic Games debut at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
Crabbe who has
been training in Zurich, Switzerland just prior to the games, arrived in Athens,
Greece on August 12, on a delayed flight, causing him to miss the delegation’s
welcoming ceremony at the Olympic Games Village.
carried the territory’s flag in Friday’s opening ceremonies, has spent the week
training and acclimatizing in Athens. He will become the 22nd athlete to
represent the BVI at the Olympics Games as the territory has fielded athletes in
both athletics and sailing. The BVI has been participating in the Olympic Games
since 1984. Crabbe will take the Olympic Stadium Mondo turf field for the
preliminary rounds of the 200 meters, which begins at 10:20 a.m. The quarter
final rounds are later in the evening.
meeting was held on Tuesday which coach Dag Samuels attended. There are 70
persons entered in the 200 meters. The seeding for the 200 meters will be done
over the weekend. Crabbe, the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games 100
meter champion, is competing in the third of four major games he is eligible to
participate in, only missing last year’s Pan American Games because of injuries.
He competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, where he
advanced to the quarter finals of the 200 meters before pulling out after
nursing a sore hamstring. Crabbe has personal best credentials in the sprints of
10.25 seconds over the 100 meters and 20.30 seconds for 200. So far this season,
he has times of 10.38 and 20.93 respectively, in limited competition.
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delegation activities at the Athens Olympic Games on the BVI Olympic Committee’s
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