(SNO) – Thirty-two territories have ever won a medal at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
With the 23rd edition well underway in Barranquilla, Colombia, 22 territories have claimed medals for 2018, and 13 participating teams are yet to register.
Saint Lucia, which has five total medals all time, all of them in the sport of athletics, would have been hoping to add to that tally through Stephanie Devaux Lovell. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Four years ago in Veracuz, the then 19-year-old sailor was fourth in the women’s lader radial event, falling just two points shy of a medal. This time around, she was three points off the pace.
After the first three races, Devaux-Lovell was in bronze medal position, knowing full well that Saint Lucia has never won an international sailing medal. She had finished second in the opening race, and then fourth in the next two.
Devaux-Lovell’s string of fourth place finishes was marred by a sixth place in Race 7, giving her 35 points in total, and 29 net points, as Guatemala’s Isabella Maegli overcame a Race 4 DQ to nip the bronze medal.
Mexico’s Elena Oetling was magnificent in taking gold, winning all but one of the first eight races, and consigning Venezuela’s Daniela Rivera to second place.
With athletics still to come, Saint Lucia is expected to medal through two-time defending champion Levern Spencer in women’s high jump, whilst French champion Albert Reynolds (men’s javelin throw) and Sandisha Antoine (women’s long jump and triple jump) will hope to join Levern and Dominic Johnson as the only Saint Lucian medallists ever at this meet.
As for Devaux-Lovell, she must now turn her attention to the 2019 Pan Am Games and the 2020 Olympics. Her next shot at CAC silverware will be Panama City 2022, when she will surely be hungry for retribution.