By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After carrying the territory’s flag during Friday’s opening ceremonies of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Sailor Sam Morrell kicked off action for the eight BVI athletes on three teams on Monday.
In 25th position after Wednesday’s racing, Morrell was 20th after runs of 24 and 14 to open competition before slipping to 24th on Tuesday with runs of 24 and 18 for his 81 points. As of Wednesday he had amassed 112 points with his best showing—a 12th place finish—in race five on Wednesday. So far, he has three top 20 marks in the competition that wraps up on Saturday.
Swimmer Amarah Phillip was sixth in her 50m Butter Fly heat in 31.05 seconds on Tuesday, but did not advance to the semis. She competed in the 50m Free Style on Thursday.
Deya Erickson kicked off track and field action with a sixth place finish in the 100m Hurdles, covering the distance in 14.76 seconds. She competes in the C final on Saturday.
Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner was also sixth in her 800m heat, finishing in 2 minutes, 18.67 seconds. She will compete in the C final on Saturday.
Kala Penn had a best leap of 5.22m in the Long Jump to place 14th in her group and advanced to the B final also on Saturday.
Nelda Huggins competed in the 100m on Thursday while Kyron McMaster and Akeem Bradshaw are seeing action today in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles and Triple Jump respectively.