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Gumbs wins VI's 1st ever Commonwealth Games medal

Djimon L. Gumbs has won the Virgin Islands first ever medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games- bronze in the Boys Discuss. Photo: Provided
Medallists of the Boys Shot Put at the Commonwealth Youth Games bronze in the Bahamas on July 20, 2017. From left: James C. Tomlinson of England, Connor A. Bell of New Zealand and Djimon L. Gumbs of the Virgin Islands. Photo: Provided
Medallists of the Boys Shot Put at the Commonwealth Youth Games bronze in the Bahamas on July 20, 2017. From left: James C. Tomlinson of England, Connor A. Bell of New Zealand and Djimon L. Gumbs of the Virgin Islands. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands continues to break new grounds in athletics, with the latest being 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games bronze in the Bahamas.

It was predicted that Djimon L. Gumbs would medal at the Games and he lived up to expectations as he took the bronze medal in the Boys Discuss with his throw of 56.24 metres on July 20, 2017.

The event was won by Connor A. Bell of New Zealand who threw a distance of 63.17 metres while securing silver was James C. Tomlinson of England who threw 60.11 metres.

Djimon’s brother Diamante B. Gumbs’ 50.67 metres was good enough for 6th place. He would then finish fourth in the Shot Put while Djimon finished sixth.

It is the first time the Virgin Islands has medalled at the Commonwealth Games (Youth or Senior).

Both of the Gumbs brothers are coached by Omar A. Jones.

The Commonwealth Youth Games, being held in Freeport, Bahamas, runs from July 18- 23, 2017.

The full VI Team comprises Arianna Hayde (Long Jump and Javelin), Rackeel Jack (400m), Joshua Hill (400m), Mikkel Bassue (100m and 200m), Beyonce Defreitas (200m), Djimon Gumbs and Diamante Gumbs (both competing in Shot Put and Discus), and Adrian Baijnauth (Tennis). The team will be accompanied by Track Coach, Willis Todman, Field Coach, Omar Jones and Tennis Coach, Malcolm Dabre.

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