Caribbean Islands at Glasgow 2014

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Glasgow 2014 which concluded last Sunday has been hailed by executives at the Commonwealth Games Federation as the best yet. The weather for the most part was glorious and people came out in droves to support the 6,500 athletes from 71 nations participating in 17 sports. Not only were athletic events with global superstars like Usain Bolt well attended but events for obscure sports like lawn bowls were packed. In fact, over one million tickets – representing 92% of total allocation were sold to the general public. And with the BBC broadcasting the well attended events, the people of Scotland and across the British Isles cheered for their own and really all the athletes who participated.

In total, 843 medals were given out at Glasgow 2014. England topped the ranking with 174 medals followed by Australia with 137 medals and Canada with 82 medals. So how did the 568 Caribbean athletes from 17 islands fair? Below are the highlights:

• With approximately 8.74% of the athletes at Glasgow 2014, the Caribbean won 4.39% of the medals.
• Athletes from 6 Caribbean islands won 37 of the 843 medals awarded – this is the most medals won by the Caribbean at any Commonwealth Games.
• Jamaican athletes won the majority of the Caribbean medals – 22 in total!
• Besides Jamaica, Grenada (Kirani James’ 400m victory) was the only other Caribbean island to win a gold medal.
• Medals were won in the following sports: athletics, boxing, netball and swimming.
• Most of the medals were for athletics — in fact, 32 of the 150 athletics medals awarded went to Caribbean athletes.
• 20 medals were won by male athletes and 17 medals were won by female athletes.

For insight on each Caribbean island, see the infographic below.

Caribbean Islands at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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