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Jaleel N. Croal runs PB in 200m final of Jr PanAm Games in Colombia

- Croal clocked 20.93 for 5th place
Virgin Islands sprinter Jaleel Croal delivered a PB of 20.93 in the 200m finals at the Cali 2021 Junior Panam Games - his first major Games and season opener. Photo: BVIOC
Thad A. Lettsome finished the 2nd day of the regatta with a 7th and 6th place for an overall 6th place at the start of the final set of races in the one-person ILCA7 laser on Saturday December 4, 2021. Photo: BVIOC
Thad A. Lettsome finished the 2nd day of the regatta with a 7th and 6th place for an overall 6th place at the start of the final set of races in the one-person ILCA7 laser on Saturday December 4, 2021. Photo: BVIOC
CALI, Colombia, SA- Virgin Islands sprinter Jaleel N. Croal delivered a PB of 20.93 in the 200m finals at the Cali 2021 Junior Panam Games - his first major Games and season opener.

Pitching his speed against faster and older runners in the race, Jaleel did well to pull out all the stops to run sub 21 and place 5th. The new time smashes his previous PB of 21.10 achieved at the end of last  season.

“When I got on the track my main goal was to have fun and run a 21 so after a nice start and execution and finish and a 20.93 - even though I came 5th - I was the happiest man on the track at that moment. There’s more to come and I already marked the guys’ faces!” said Jaleel.

Speaking after the race, Coach Ralston Henry aka 'Grandfather' said, “This is the peak time of season for the sprinters from Ecuador and Brazil and to see him come and run that fast with them is a major accomplishment!”

Jaleel already qualified for the World Athletics U20 Championships with his semi-finals time of 21.24 and he will be back at the same stadium for the event next August 1 - 6.

The medals in the Cali 2021 200m went to Anderson Marquinez (Ecuador, 20.51), Lucas Vilar (Brazil, 20.59) and Lucas Rodrigues Da Silva (Brazil,20.68).

 Jaleel and Coach Grandfather return home to the BVI on Saturday, December 4.

 BVIOC congratulates Croal

“On behalf of the BVIOC, I congratulate Jaleel on setting a new PB coming off the blocks of the final at his first major Games. That he achieved this at the start of the season and racing against more experienced and older sprinters in the middle of their season is all them more exciting for what we can expect to see from him in 2022.

"Congratulations also to the 3x3 Basketball team who have done a remarkable job of holding their own in new territory. Thank you to the National Federations, their athletes and especially to their coaches, Ralston  “Grandfather” Henry, track and field coach and 2nd Vice President of the BVI Olympic Committee and to Coach West for Basketball for committing to and executing admirable performances at these inaugural Panam Junior Games.”

Tough sailing for Thad

Thad A. Lettsome, who is based at Lake Calima with his coach, Chris Watters finished the 2nd day of the regatta with a 7th and 6th place for an overall 6th place at the start of the final set of races in the one-person ILCA7 laser on Saturday December 4.

Coach Watters described the second day of competition as a “tough day”. 

“It was cranking windy and we were closer to shore. The guys in 1st and 2nd place are in a race of their own; they have a good 15lbs on Thad. It’ll be a major focus for him moving forward. That and the downwind in heavy breeze flat water,” said Coach Watters.

“He’s still not bad shape in the regatta. 6th overall but only 1 point from 5th. Bit of a gap to the medals but there’s some protests for 3/4 going on so we’re not out of it!”

The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 5, 2021, after which the  3x3 team and BVI delegation will return home to the VI while Thad will return to Tulane University, New Orleans and Coach Watters to Florida.

5 Responses to “Jaleel N. Croal runs PB in 200m final of Jr PanAm Games in Colombia”

  • up here (05/12/2021, 08:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Your grandma is smiling down on you from heaven
    • stop lie (05/12/2021, 13:33) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      The dead are in the grave and are not conscious of anything. There will however be a resurrection in the future - Acts 24: 15.
  • guy hill LA'84 (05/12/2021, 12:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Jaleel. Always continue to do and be your very best. Be Brave.
  • congratulations/ around here (05/12/2021, 12:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    congratulations youngster on your accomplishment so far.

    around here is funny bad with it comes to supporting none loud, none negative turn up ratchet things. Around here wait until their own hit super superstar level to show support etc. that’s why i don’t study a lot of them…..
  • Musa great news congratulations young man (05/12/2021, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Musa


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