Bahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – Team Bahamas picked up 13 medals in total – one gold, two silver and 10 bronze, to finish 16th overall at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games that took place last week at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
The Bahamas’ mixed 4×200 meters relay team of Shaquiel Higgs, Tylar Lightbourne, Kayvon Stubbs and Denvaughn Whymns, in that order, came from behind to strike gold in that event, giving the host country its only top finish at the CYG Bahamas 2017.
Denvaughn Whymns, the breakout athlete from the Bahamas, led The Bahamas from behind in a thrilling 4x200m final. Whymns also won bronze medals in the boys’ long jump and boys’ 110m hurdles on Friday and Saturday night respectively.
“It feels awesome. The goal was to come out here and do it for my country, and I did that,” Whymns said. “I knew that once I got off the curve the momentum was going to bring me through. I knew coming in that I was one of the leaders of the team, so the whole idea was to lead by example. I made a few mistakes in the final of the hurdles, but it feels good to come back and win a gold today. It feels awesome.”
The other relay teams that produced medals were the mixed 4x100m and mixed 4x400m relay teams who both won bronze medals. The Bahamas men’s beach soccer team, Judo, Swimming and Shaun Miller Jr, in the boys’ high jump event, also won bronze medals.
This year’s standing marks The Bahamas’ best showing ever at the Commonwealth Youth Games.