Eldred Henry’s Stock Rises Ahead Of Pan Am Games Action

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Shot Putter Eldred Henry in action Photo credit: Cleave M. Farrington

Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
BVI Pan Am Games Media Contact
LIMA Peru—Eldred Henry arrived in Lima today, to begin final preparations for his
second Pan Am Games, in which he’ll see action on August 7.
Former BVI Olympic Committee and BVI Athletics Association President Rey O’Neal,
traces the rising stock of Henry, who’s currently ranked No 13 on the IAAF 2019 list.
In the British Virgin Islands’ long history of participation at the Carifta Games beginning
in 1976, the territory’s athletes have returned home with 57 total medals, 50 of them
being won by individual athletes. What may be surprising to many is the fact that so
many of these medals have been won by competitors in the jumps and the throws. All
of our gold medals have come from field event competitors—first by Keita Cline who
won three consecutive titles in the Long jump and added another in the Triple Jump,
followed by Eric Matthias in the Discus Throw and Chantel Malone in the Triple Jump.
The throws have been particularly productive in the present decade. None of our
runners have won more than one individual medal a single Games and Cline, Matthias
and Malone, were the only double medalists prior to that.
However, since the emergence of Eldred Henry, who won bronze medals in the Shot Put
and Discus Throw in 2013, the BVI always won at least two medals in every Games until

  1. Six of these came from the Gumbs family, with twin sisters Trevia and Tynelle and
    younger brother Djimon each adding two to the family collection.
    Henry parlayed his 2013 successes in Nassau to a scholarship to Central Arizona College,
    following the well-worn path previously trodden by, among others, National Jr. College
    champions, Steve Augustine and Omar Jones, who later became Henry’s domestic
    coach. Henry won two JUCO titles himself in the Shot Put and another in the Discus
    Throw during his stay there, where he benefited from the coaching of Ton Dougherty.
    Just as importantly he set new records in the throws with marks in excess of 20m (6 ft)
    and 60m (200ft) in the Shot and Discus respectively.
    Internationally, Henry also continued to make an impression. In 2014, he placed fourth
    in the Discus Throw and fifth in the Shot Put at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in
    Kamloops, Canada. Two years later at the same meet, this time held in El Salvador, he
    improved his placing to third in each throwing event. In between those events he placed
    fifth in the Shot and sixth in the Discus Throw at the NACAC Open Championships in San
    Jose, Costa Rica.

Cont.
In 2017, with his Jr. College eligibility behind him, he had an abbreviated season but
won the Shot at the OECS Championships in Grenada.
In 2018, Eldred Henry emerged as an international caliber thrower. At the
Commonwealth Games in Australia to start his outdoor season, he had a modest
although promising performance, given his long absence from high level competition.
He decided to give the Discus Throw a pass for the year with a view towards improving
his marks in the Shot Put. At the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla,
Colombia, he came good with a throw of 20.18m, good enough for bronze behind
Jamaicans O’Dayne Richards and Ashinia Miller. A few short weeks later he unleashed a
big throw of 20.63m to place fifth at the NACAC Open Championships in Toronto,
Canada, establishing a new OECS record. The throwers who beat him were an American,
a Canadian and the two Jamaicans who had bested him in Colombia.
Henry’s performance qualified him for the 2019 Pan American Games and undoubtedly
for this year’s World Championships in Doha Qatar, Sept 27-Oct 6. He stands in 6 th place
all-time among Shot Putters from the C.A.C. region behind Jamaicans Richards, Dorian
Scott and Miller, and the Cuban pair of Alexis Paumier and Carlos Veliz, both of whom
like Scott, are no longer active.
Henry, now competing for the University of Findlay in Ohio, tossed the iron ball an
impressive 20.61m in a home meet for a national and O.E.C.S. indoor record, a mark
bettered only by the Jamaicans Richards and Scott among C.A.C. throwers. He won the
NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, adding to those he had won indoors for Central
Arizona at the Junior College level.
In May, Henry unleashed a mammoth 21.47m throw to shatter the NCAA Division II
Outdoor Championships record, a mark that has him at No 13 on the IAAF list, heading
into the Pan Am Games competition, he’s among the Top 5 throwers in the Americas.
Henry’s performances stamp him as second only to hurdler Kyron McMaster among BVI
male athletes in terms of international ranking and it seems that there is much more to
come.
NOTE: Additional Pan Am Games reports and interviews with Dean “The Sportsman”
Greenaway, will be carried on CBN 90.9 FM at 5.00 p.m. through August 5 th and then at
9.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., from August 6 – 11. There’s a 9 a.m. wrap up on Aug
12.

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