Team Preview: Barbados

Note: Last minute changes are always possible

Barbados is an island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean, just outside of the Caribbean Sea. The nation made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1968 and has participated ever since, with the exception of the United States led 1980 boycott. In its history Barbados has won a single medal, a bronze medal at the 2000 games in athletics. Going to Rio Barbados is not expected to medal, but are expected to reach a number of semi-finals and possibly finals.

Should Barbados pull of a surprise it will likely come in athletics. The only 2012 Olympian returning to compete in Rio is 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist Ramon Gittens whom will compete in the men’s 100m and 200m. Also competing in the men’s 200m are Levi Cadogan and Burkheart Ellis. Another athlete to watch is 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist Akela Jones. Jones is seen as an up and coming heptathlete, winning the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Division I Championship. She will also compete in the women’s high jump. Also competing are Kierre Beckles (women’s 100m hurdles), Tia-Adana Belle (women’s 400m hurdles) and Sada Williams (women’s 200m).

Barbados will be making its Olympic debut in two sports. In triathlon Jason Wilson will compete in the men’s race. Wilson finished fifth at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Also making its Olympic sporting debut is tennis. Darian King was given a tripartite quota by the tripartite commission. King whom participated at the 2010 Youth Olympics will compete in the men’s singles. Due to his ranking King has yet to participate in a Grand Slam main draw and has yet to win an ATP tournament, though he has won multiple ITF titles.

Also qualifying through a tripartite commission invitation is sport shooter Micheal Maskell. Maskell will return to his fifth Olympics after competing from 1992-2004, making him the nations longest serving Olympian. He will compete in the men’s skeet.

In swimming Barbados will send two athletes which qualified as wild cards. Lani Cabrera will compete in the women’s 400m freestyle while Alex Sobers will compete in the men’s 400m freestyle.

Overall Barbados will compete with 12 athletes in 5 sports. This will be the largest team since 2000 and is a reverse of three straight Olympics where Barbados sent consecutively fewer athletes.

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