Tough going for Saint Lucia at CAC Games

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Tough going for Saint Lucia at CAC Games
Stephanie Devaux-Lovell competing for Saint Lucia.
Stephanie Devaux-Lovell competing for Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia’s team to the XXII Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games has had a difficult weekend in three sports in the Mexican city of Veracruz.

In boxing, Trinidad & Tobago’s Aaron Prince scored a Technical Knockout victory over Saint Lucia’s Miguel Auguste in the first round to advance from the round of 16 to the quarter-finals in the men’s 75-kilogram middleweight division at the World Trade Center. Auguste, 24, became the first man ever to represent Saint Lucia in CAC Games boxing on Saturday evening.

Saint Lucia’s second boxer, Dalton George – also 24 years old – went in the men’s 64kg light welterweight class. He was disqualified in the opening round of his round of 16 bout against Mexico’s Raul Curiel.

In cycling, 31-year-old Kurt Maraj failed to complete the men’s Road Race on the Xalapa-Coatepec Highway. Carlos Galviz of Venezuela led 23 finishers across the line after a 154.4-kilometre ride. Galviz, in 3:49:54, 27 seconds ahead of Mexico’s Florencio Ramos in second.

The Maraj Twins, Kurt and Kirk, will lead Saint Lucia’s CAC Games challenge. (Photo Credit:Anthony Debeauville.)

Kirk Maraj, Kurt’s twin, did not make the trip to Mexico, citing illness. Fifty-nine athletes, including 13 from the English-speaking Caribbean, started the race at 10:30am Sunday.

In the women’s laser radial sailing competition at Gaviotas Beach, 19-year-old Stephanie Devaux-Lovell struggled in her opening race, finishing last in the 12-boat regatta, 12 minutes behind the leader.

But the determined youngster ended the weekend on a high note, finishing third in the second race of 10 scheduled for the week. Stephanie is set to hit the water at 11:10am Monday morning.

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