(Photo Credit: Todd VanSickle) Eldred Henry releases the the 16 pounds ball, during his Shot Put competition last night at Estadio Nacional in Lima Peru. He had a best effort of 19.82m
LIMA, Peru—Eldred Henry brought the curtains down on the BVI’s track and field participation in the 18th Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday night, with a sixth placed Shot Put finish, after Ashley Kelly had a non-advancing time in the 400m final.
“I’m not pleased at all. I’m very disappointed,” Henry said after his best effort of 19.82m—his first meet of the season under 20.00m—I’ll say under the circumstances, I can’t complain. I’m just thankful I was able to complete the meet without reinjuring my finger and move on from there. On a good day, I know I should be more than able to be in the medal mix, but it didn’t happen today. I just couldn’t get into my rhythm at all. That was the biggest issue.”
Henry who opened with an unlooked for 18.51m effort, hyperextended the ring finger on his throwing hand before the Games and was out of commission for a few weeks of training.
“Just couldn’t get into my rhythm at all, that’s my biggest issue right now,” Henry pointed out. “I had to take a couple weeks off throwing because I messed up my hand and finally got it back healthy, but, just getting back into the swing of things—it didn’t come together tonight.”
From his opening throw, Henry said he wasn’t feeling it on his left side. He said when he got a good set up, he feels it off the back side—something he wasn’t feeling last night—although he trie to work it, it wasn’t coming at all.
“In practice, it was touch and go,” he noted. “I would hit it and then couple throws later not hit it again. It was coming, but not as fast as I would have liked it to.”
Ashley Kelly’s 400m
“I really tried to get out, put myself in the race and really finish the last 150 the way I know I had to, make the final by coming in the top three, things didn’t pan out how I wanted it, but, I’m really grateful of the opportunity to be here,” she said. “I felt good during the race but my footspeed isn’t where I want it to be. I’m still l bit uncomfortable in the race but, it is what it is. I’m happy that I made it through and didn’t give up, that’s what important to me right now.”
Thad Lettsome had his best race of the Laser competition in Paracas on Wednesday, finishing 15th in his first race of the day. He was 19th in the second race and had an 18th place finish in his last race. He’s currently ranked 19th overall.
He wraps up the BVI’s participation in the 18th Pan American Games today with two races.