1978 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Athletics
|III Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships|
|Host city||Xalapa, Mexico|
|Level||Junior and Youth|
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The 3rd Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships was held in Xalapa, Mexico, on 25-28 August, 1978. This was already the second time that the city was hosting this event after the 2nd junior CAC games in 1976. Moreover, both the inaugural 1st CAC senior championships in 1967 and the VI CAC senior championships in 1977 took place in Xalapa, Veracruz. Both junior (under-20) and youth (under-17) competitions were held.
The medal count is headed by Cuba, both in gold medals (25) and total number of medals (60).
In the under-20 women category, Norma Murray from Jamaica won 3 golds (200m, 400m, 4x100m relay) plus one silver medal (4x400m relay). Doreen Small, Jamaican compatriot, won 2 gold medals (100m, 4x100m relay).
In the under-17 men category, David Charlton from the Bahamas won 3 gold medals (400m, high jump, 4x400m relay) and 1 silver medal (4x100m relay). Moreover, both Wayne Morrison and Dennis Wallace from Jamaica won 2 golds (100m, 4x100m relay) and (200m, 4x100m relay), respectively, and 2 silver medals (200m, 4x400m relay) and (400m, 4x400m relay), respectively. The Cubans Lázaro González and Juan Pineira won 2 gold (shot put, discus throw) and 1 silver medal (hammer throw), and 2 gold (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles) and 1 bronze (4x100m relay), respectively.
Top athletes in the under-17 women category was Mary Ann Higgs from the Bahamas winning 4 golds (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay) and 1 silver (400m), as well as Bahamian compatriot Monique Millar winning 2 golds (4x100m relay, 4x400m relay) and 3 bronze medals (100m, 200m, 400m).
In addition, the championships saw early appearances of multi-medalist Merlene Ottey from Jamaica gaining 1 gold (4x100m relay), 1 silver (4x400m relay, and 1 bronze medal (200m) at this event in the under-20 category, before winning, for example, 3 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals at various IAAF World Championships in Athletics between 1983 and 1997, and 3 silver and 6 bronze medals at various Olympic games between 1980 and 2000. Grace Jackson from Jamaica, 200m silver medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, won the under-20 high jump competition, whereas Cuban athlete Silvia Costa, high jump silver medalist at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart, Germany, won gold in high jump and silver in 100m hurdles in the under-17 category.
Male Junior A (under 20)
Female Junior A (under 20)
Male Junior B (under 17)
Female Junior B (under 17)
Medal table (unofficial)
Detailed result lists can be found on the World Junior Athletics History website. They comprise about 293 athletes (157 junior (under-20) and 136 youth (under-17)) from about 10 countries:
- Athletics Weekly, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (UNDER 20 MEN), retrieved August 8, 2011
- Athletics Weekly, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (UNDER 20 WOMEN), retrieved August 8, 2011
- Athletics Weekly, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (UNDER 17), retrieved August 8, 2011
- World Junior Athletics History, WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY ("WJAH"), retrieved August 8, 2011