SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 7:35PM: Bermuda has just won its first two medals in the 41st Carifta Games 2012.
Kyrah Scraders came second behind Jamaica’s Chantai Smith in the girls under 17 1500 metre run.
Her time was 4:55.46.
Gold winner Smith finished in 4:51.36
Andrea Foster of Guyana claimed bronze in 4:57.28.
Fellow Bermudian Zakiyyah Showers placed sixth in a time of 5:09.28.
And Taylor Ashley Bean came third in her heat, girls under 20 1500 metre run.
Her time isn’t available yet.
Speaking after the race, she said: “It was a pretty good race.
“I wasn’t too happy with all the fighting in the race but that happens.
“It was pretty good.
“I knew I just had to go out there and make my country proud.”
Bermudian Kyle Webb finished second in his heat of boys under 20 100 meters with a time of 10.76.
But he didn’t qualify for the final heat and placed 12th overall.
The crowd was behind Scraders and Bean the entire race, cheering and applauding.
Despite Bermuda not winning any events so far, the atmosphere at the National Sports Centre is loud and full of Bermudian pride.
The whole stadium is practically filled with Bermudian flags waving everywhere.
There are many supporters from the other countries including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert is watching the games and said: “First of all, it’s great for tourists.
“I see a lot of people outside of the athletes and the atmosphere is tremendous.
“I remember in 2004 when Usain Bolt won and I have seen his progress over the years.”
He continued: “It’s packed and the atmosphere is good.
“I have bee here for the last two days and I am coming back again tomorrow.
“I am wishing the team a great success.”
MP Dale Butler was Sports Minister the last time Bermuda hosted the games.
Today, he said: “It’s very well organised and I would say that it’s even better than in 2004 when I was the Sports Minister."
Mr Butler continued: “It seems to have a great polish to it.
“I’m very impressed.”
The remainder of the evening will see final heats in the 100 metres boys and girls under 17 and 20, 400 metres, 1500 and more.
There will also be medal presentations.