Source:  By Kwame Laurence in New Delhi

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 08: Ayanna Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago reacts as she wins silver in the women's triple jump during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 8, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)Ayanna Alexander jumped into the spotlight at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here in New Delhi, India, yesterday, the 28-year-old securing silver to become Trinidad and Tobago's most successful female athlete in Commonwealth Games history.

Alexander produced a 13.91 metres effort in the second round of the women's triple jump to finish second, behind former world champion Trecia Smith, the Jamaican retaining her Commonwealth crown with a 14.19m jump. Canada's Tabia Charles (13.84m) picked up bronze.

"It feels good," an elated Alexander told the Express, shortly after her silver success. "I wanted to come out here and glorify God with the gift he has given me, and then represent my country to the fullest. I want to make Trinidad and Tobago proud, everybody in Trinidad and Tobago proud, as well as my teammates, my family and my friends…just to fly that flag and represent Trinidad."

Alexander has long been in the shadow of T&T's more celebrated female athletes—Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Rhonda Watkins, Josanne Lucas and Cleopatra Borel-Brown.

"I've come back home a couple times and looked in the newspapers and would see that such and such is going to be triple jumping from this country, such and such is going to be triple jumping from that country, but I didn't see anything about my name. That drives me.

"And just like here, such and such was in medal contention…my name was not mentioned. That's just fuel for me. I'm just trying to make a way for myself and do the best that I can."

Yesterday, Alexander succeeded in her bid to jump out of obscurity, the US-based athlete becoming only the second female from T&T to earn precious metal at the Commonwealth Games. Silver put her at the top of the very short list--ahead of Borel-Brown, the women's shot put bronze medallist four years ago.

"Definitely the start of great things ahead," Alexander declared. "It was an opportunity, a chance to compete hard and put myself out there, and I took advantage of the opportunity. Ayanna Alexander is here!"

Smith grabbed gold yesterday with her only legal jump of the competition. Alexander, on the other hand, had the most impressive series of the 11 athletes on show—13.68, 13.91, 13.68, 13.81, 13.82 and 13.87.

Lalonde Gordon, the lone T&T quartermiler here in New Delhi, finished strong in the third and final men's 400m semifinal heat, crossing the line in a personal best 46.33 seconds to secure fourth spot in the race. The clocking, though, was not fast enough to earn him a lane in today's final.

Alexander will be back at the Nehru Stadium today for the women's long jump qualifying competition. Watkins is also among the athletes who will bid for a berth in tomorrow's final.

Borel-Brown chases precious metal in the women's shot put, and Emmanuel Callender faces the starter in the opening round of the men's 200m.

If Borel-Brown can reproduce the form that saw her clear 19 metres at three meets in Europe in August, she will surely become T&T's first female multi-medallist at the Commonwealth Games.

Source: By Kwame Laurence in New Delhi

Daniel just shortRoger Daniel just missed out on a third trip to a Commonwealth Games rostrum when he finished fourth in the men's 10 metres air pistol singles event, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, here in New Delhi, India, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago shooter finished fourth with a score of 673.1, a mere 0.9 short of the 674 total posted by bronze medallist Daniel Repacholi, of Australia. India's Omkar Singh grabbed gold with a score of 681.8, while silver went to Singapore's Bin Gai (676.2).

At the end of the qualification round, Daniel was third with 577, two more than Repacholi. Singh finished first, scoring 584 to equal the Games record, while Gai totalled 580 for second spot.

The other T&T shooter, Rhodney Allen was 14th with a score of 563.

Repacholi was the best of the eight shooters in the final, the Australian outscoring Daniel 99 to 96.1 to edge into third position.

At the 2006 Games, Daniel bagged bronze in the 50m pistol singles. And on Tuesday, he teamed up with Allen for third spot in the 50m pistol pairs event. Yesterday, bronze number three was snatched from the T&T soldier's grasp.

Daniel and Allen are listed for action today in the men's 25m centrefire pistol pairs. And Robert Auerbach will be on show in stage one of the men's singles trap.

Njisane Phillip, Christopher Sellier and Thireef Smart combined for fifth spot in the men's team sprint, at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, yesterday, the final day of track cycling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The T&T team clocked 47.391 seconds in the qualifying event to trail Australia (44.488), New Zealand (44.583), Malaysia (45.378) and Scotland (46.724).

Australia went on to claim gold in a Games record 43.772, beating New Zealand (44.239) into second spot. In the bronze medal race, Malaysia (45.040) defeated Scotland (46.273).

Emile Abraham completed a little more than half of the scratch race final. With 38 laps to go in the 20-kilometre event, the T&T cyclist was lapped by the race leader. And it was not long before the main bunch reeled him in as well, the red flag going up to signal the end of Abraham's challenge, his hopes of completing the 40-lap race dashed.

Afterwards, Abraham told the Express the cancellation of a proposed pre-Games training camp contributed to his sub-par performance.

"The day before we were supposed to leave we got word that the training camp was cancelled due to lack of funds. It would have been my final stepping stone prior to here. When the training camp was denied it put us in a certain position because we were all counting on that. Each athlete always has a specific programme that they look forward to, and when things don't go that way it kind of screws up the entire preparation.

"We still came out here," he continued, "and put our best foot forward. We tried to represent the country as best as we can and I'm just happy to have made the final. I didn't do as well as I planned but I've got to look forward to the road race [on Sunday]."

Super heavyweight boxer Tariq Abdul Haqq was dominant in his duel with Pakistan's Meer Khan, at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. Haqq won 10-1 to book a quarterfinal showdown with New Zealand's Joseph Parker.

Welterweight Aaron Prince was also on show, yesterday. He was beaten 11-3 by India's Dilbag Singh.

The T&T men's hockey team lost to South Africa in a Group B fixture, at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. The scoreline, though, was one they could be proud of, the South Africans, ranked 12th in the world, winning 5-3.

Though way down at 29 on the rankings list, T&T were on level terms with their opponents at the halftime interval. Captain Kwandwane Browne scored in the 10th minute to equalise for T&T following a South Africa strike five minutes earlier. And four minutes before the break, Wayne Legerton was on target for a second T&T equaliser.

The 2-2 halftime score was a victory in itself for T&T.

By the 50th minute of the game, South Africa were up 4-2. But T&T remained in contention thanks to Legerton's second item, in the 52nd. The only other goal, however, was scored by Taine Paton, the South African finding the target in the very last minute of the match.

Kwan and company return to the Dhyan Chand Stadium today for a showdown with Canada.

The T&T hockey women were whipped 7-0 by India, yesterday, in their final Group A fixture. T&T lost all four matches to finish at the bottom of the five-team table.

Joshua McLeod, Caryle Blondell and Cadell Lyons were all eliminated in the opening round of the men's 50m freestyle, at the Dr. S.P.M. Aquatics Complex.

McLeod was the fastest of the three T&T swimmers, touching the wall in 23.86 seconds to finish seventh in heat eight and 18th overall. The top 16 swimmers secured semifinal berths.

Blondell and Lyons were 22nd and 25th, respectively, clocking 24.18 and 24.30.

Para-swimmer Shanntol Ince will be in the pool today, competing in the women's 100m butterfly S9.

And at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, T&T's netballers face Malawi in a Group A fixture.


Serrette predicts more medals.President of the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA), Ephraim Serrette, said that the performances of sprinters Aaron Armstrong and Emmanuel Callender in yesterday’s 100 metres final should help them to get funding from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs’ Elite Athletes Assistance Programme (EAAP). Armstrong won the bronze medal in a time of 10.24 while Callendar placed fourth. The race was won by Jamaican Lerone Clarke (10.12) with England’s Mark Lewis-Francis (10.20) finishing second. The EAAP assists in covering athletes’ expenses as they relate to travel, accommodation, nutritional supplies and medical care for international competition.

Serrette pointed out that since the event was relatively low keyed (the Commonwealth’s top 11 sprinters of 2010 declined to participate), it opened up the chance for Armstrong and Callendar to boost their status.
“I told them before they departed that it was an opportunity for them to get recognition,” he said. “The funding they get is based on their placings at international events so they should be joining the EAAP.”It was T&T’s fourth 100m bronze medal at the Games. Olympic gold medallist Hasely Crawford twice finished third (in 1970 in Edinburgh and 1978 in Edmonton), while Marc Burns was second runner up in Melbourne in 2006.

Ato Boldon won the 100m gold in Kula Lampur in 1998. Serrette added that the results reinforced his belief that athletics is the country’s strongest sport. “Track and field continues to bring T&T results and we are maintaining that presence on the world stage,” he said. “I’m glad to see that we are recognised as a sport that brings glory to T&T, be it at regional or international meets.” He went on to predict that more medals were coming for T&T via its 4x100m team, Cleopatra Borel-Browne (shot put) and Rhonda Watkins (long jump).

Source: By Kwame Laurence in New Delhi

100m bronze for ArmstrongAaron Armstrong followed in the footsteps of an esteemed group of Trinidad and Tobago sprinters when he struck bronze in the Commonwealth Games men's 100 metres dash, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here in New Delhi, India, yesterday.

Armstrong became only the sixth person from T&T to secure a Commonwealth 100 medal, when he crossed the line in 10.24 seconds, edging teammate Emmanuel Callender (10.25) into fourth spot.

Way back in 1954, Mike Agostini grabbed gold for T&T in the 100 yards. Twelve years later, Edwin Roberts earned bronze in the same event. Hasely Crawford claimed 100m bronze in 1970 and again in 1978. Ato Boldon emerged as Commonwealth Games sprint champion at the 1998 Games. And four years ago, Marc Burns bagged 100m bronze.

"Means a lot," Armstrong told the Express, "to come out here and represent Trinidad and Tobago, for all the support that they give us. And to be in the same category as those guys is truly a blessing, because I look up to Hasely Crawford, even my dad (former T&T sprinter Ainsley Armstrong) and everybody that's paved the way for us."

Jamaica's Lerone Clarke won impressively, stopping the clock at 10.12 seconds for a comfortable cushion on Englishman Mark Lewis-Francis, the silver medallist in 10.20.

"This is my biggest victory," Clarke declared. "Commonwealth Games is a big competition, and this is my debut meet running the 100 metres for Jamaica, so I'm proud to actually be the Commonwealth champion. I came into the race with confidence. I ran all my phases right and all my rounds right, and was able to deliver."

Though pleased to be among the top three, Armstrong was disappointed about the colour of his medal.

"The expectation was to win. For this year the goal was to be ready for Commonwealth. I was set up for a big one, but had a little tangle up with the guy from Canada (Sam Effah). We locked arms…it threw me off because my strong point is the end of the race."

In the semi-final round, Armstrong displayed his finishing power, coming from behind to win heat one in 10.14 seconds, the same time recorded by second-placed Clarke.

Callender won the second heat, also in 10.14, ahead of Effah (10.16) and Lewis-Francis (10.17). In the championship race, however, Callender was slow to react to the gun, leaving himself with too much to do. The T&T sprinter battled to the line, but came up just short, Armstrong beating him by one-hundredth of a second.

Callender is listed to compete in the 200m as well and should be among the contenders for precious metal. He also has a good shot at medalling in the 4x100m relay.

"The 100 is a little more stress," said Armstrong, "a little more tension. When the relays come it's time to have fun. We're going to go out there, give it our best, and the plan is to win a gold and bring it back home to Trinidad."

Ayanna Hutchinson bowed out in the women's 100m semis.

The experienced T&T sprinter enjoyed a good start, and looked to be in a battle for the second spot and an automatic berth in the final. But Hutchinson tied up badly in the latter stages of the race, and had to settle for fourth in 11.58 seconds. The clocking was not good enough to secure qualification as a "fastest loser".

In the final, Nigeria's Osayemi Oludamola struck gold in 11.32 seconds. Vincentian Natasha Mayers (11.37) earned silver and England's Katherine Endacott (11.44) bronze.

Australia's Sally Pearson actually crossed the line first but was later disqualified after a false start review determined that she had jumped the gun the first time the sprinters left the blocks, and should not have faced the starter a second time.

Laura Turner was disqualified for the false start, but the England athlete ran under protest. As it turned out, both Turner and Pearson jumped the gun, the referee's decision to disqualify the "race winner"--following an English protest--cutting short the Australian's celebrations.

T&T athletes Lalonde Gordon and Ayanna Alexander will be on show at the Nehru Stadium today. Gordon runs way out in lane nine in the third and final men's 400m semi-final heat, while Alexander bids for precious metal in the women's triple jump.

In yesterday's one-lap preliminaries, Gordon clocked 47.07 seconds to finish third in heat five, advancing automatically to the semis.

Source: By Kwame Laurence in New Delhi

Trinidad's Janelle Barker balances the ball in the one sided netball game against host nation India at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex during day four of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 7, 2010 in Delhi, India. (October 6, 2010 - Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images AsiaPac) Trinidad and Tobago netball captain Janelle Barker celebrated her 33rd birthday in style, at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, here in New Delhi, India, yesterday. The experienced goal shoot was on fire, scoring 46 of her 47 attempts to lead her team to a 77-26 victory over the host nation in their Commonwealth Games Group A showdown.

Joelisa Cooper contributed 16 goals, while team baby, 16-year-old Samantha Wallace chipped in with 15.

T&T now have two wins and one defeat. In their opener, on Monday, they went under to Jamaica, 75-36, but bounced back with a narrow 52-51 triumph over Samoa on Wednesday.

In yesterday's other Group A fixture, Australia got the better of Jamaica 60-46.

At the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, T&T cyclist Njisane Phillip finished fifth in the men's sprint. In the quarterfinal round, Phillip lost in two straight rides to New Zealand's Eddie Dawkins, but rebounded to beat Scotland's Ross Edgar, Canadian Travis Smith and England's David Daniell in the race to determine positions five to eight. Edgar was sixth, Smith seventh and Daniell eighth.

Shane Perkins beat his teammate Scott Sunderland 2-0 in the sprint finals for a one-two Australia finish. New Zealand's Sam Webster claimed the bronze with a 2-0 triumph over Dawkins.

Emile Abraham finished eighth in heat two in the qualification event for the men's 15-kilometre scratch race. The placing earned the T&T cyclist a berth in today's 24-man final.

Phillip, Christopher Sellier and Thireef Smart will also be on the track, bidding for honours in the men's team sprint.

At the Dr. S.P.M. Aquatics Complex, 15-year-old para-swimmer Shanntol Ince copped sixth spot in the women's 100 metres freestyle S9 final. The youngest swimmer in the field, Ince got home in one minute, 14.00 seconds.

South Africa's Natalie Du Toit, one of the most well known para-athletes on the planet, triumphed in a Games record 1:02.36 to complete the 50 free/100 free double. England's Stephanie Millward (1:03.69) snapped up silver, ahead of Australian Ellie Cole (1:05.20).

In the preliminary round, Ince, the first T&T para-athlete to compete at a major mainstream international Games, finished third in heat one and sixth overall in 1:14.01.

On Tuesday, Ince was fifth in the women's 50 free S9 final.

Cherelle Thompson clocked 26.70 seconds to finish sixth in heat two and 12th overall in the women's 50m freestyle semis. The T&T swimmer was 11th fastest in the heats, touching the wall in 26.65 seconds.

Jarryd Gregoire was 15th overall in the men's 100m butterfly semis in 56.53 seconds, while his teammate, Cadell Lyons was 16th in 56.73.

In the heats, Lyons (55.86) and Gregoire (56.55) were 14th and 16th, respectively. Another T&T swimmer, Joshua McLeod (56.68) was 18th and did not advance to the semis.

Christian Homer was 17th fastest in the men's 100m backstroke heats, the 17-year-old swimmer clocking 1:00.33.

Late last night (T&T time), Lyons, McLeod and Caryle Blondell were in action in the men's 50m freestyle heats.

Shooters Roger Daniel and Rhodney Allen combined for sixth spot in the men's 10m air pistol pairs event, at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. Daniel scored 568 and Allen 553 for a total of 1,121.

India secured gold with a Games record 1,163, forcing England (1,143) to settle for silver. Singapore (1,139) bagged bronze.

Daniel and Allen, who teamed up on Tuesday for bronze in the 50m pistol pairs, will be in action today in the 10m air pistol singles event.

At the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, T&T boxer Andrew Fermin was disqualified at 2:17 in the third and final round of his light heavyweight bout with Samoa's Filimaua Hala.

Super heavyweight Tariq Abdul Haqq and welterweight Aaron Prince will bid for quarterfinal berths today. Haqq squares off against Pakistan's Meer Khan, while Prince tackles India's Dilbag Singh.

In squash, Colin Ramasra was beaten in straight games by Scotland's Alan Clyne in their men's singles classic plate semifinal duel, at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. The match lasted 15 minutes, Clyne getting the better of the T&T pro 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.

At the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, T&T's hockey women lost for the third time in as many matches.

But though they were beaten 6-1 by Scotland in the Group A contest, T&T could take heart from a couple firsts. Charlene Williams was on target one minute from the end of the game for T&T's first goal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games tournament. And it was the first time the hockey women avoided double figures here in New Delhi, following 12-0 and 11-0 whippings at the hands of South Africa and Australia, respectively.

T&T will be back on the pitch today for their clash with India. And the hockey men face South Africa in a Group B match-up.

NEW DELHI: Source:  by K.P. Mohan

Jamaica's Clarke Lerone (centre) finished at the top of the podium in the men's 100m dash, ahead of England's Mark Lewis Francis (left). Photo: V.V. Krishnan On a day of controversy and confusion at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the women's 100-metre result was overturned by the jury after Australian Sally Pearson won the gold but was found to have false-started.

In what would have been the 24-year-old Australian's first Commonwealth Games gold, for that matter her first major championship victory, Pearson was told around four hours after her victory that she would not be the champion and the gold would be awarded to Nigerian Osayemi Oludamola.

It was heart-break for the Australian and of course it was a big surprise for the Nigerian, with the bronze-winner Natasha Mayers (St. Vincent and Grenadines) getting silver and fourth-placed Katherine Endacott (England) upgraded to bronze.

Jamaica's supremacy in men's sprinting was maintained by 29-year-old Lerone Clarke who outclassed the field in 10.12 seconds. It was a start to finish victory for the Jamaican, who is only eighth-ranked among his countrymen for the season. England's Mark Lewis-Francis (10.20s) had a medal at last from the Commonwealth Games and he was overjoyed.
Trinidad's Aaron Armstrong claimed the bronze in 10.24s.
The problem in the women's race had begun at the start itself, with England's Laura Turner being disqualified for a false start. She claimed that a fly had entered her mouth forcing her to react which caused the false start and she was allowed to run under protest. The Englishwoman finished last, but England pressed with its protest which eventually revealed to the jury that Pearson had also false-started.

Turner reacted 0.070s to the gun while Pearson did so at 0.071. Both breached the allowable limit of 0.1000. The false start control apparatus would have detected both at the start, but Pearson's infringement was only noticed when the English protested.
Both Turner and Pearson were disqualified, but Australia lodged a counter protest which took hours to decide. Australia's contention that Pearson had only responded to a false start triggered by Turner was thrown out.

Clarke who won in great style, was never challenged and had a fraction of a second to spare towards the end for a sideways glance.
“It feels amazing. It's my first championship victory. I know I am the best in the Commonwealth,” said Clarke whose 10.12s was the best seen in Delhi.


‘Calypso Girls’ n-ballers edge Samoa 52-51“CALYPSO GIRLS” netballers rebounded from their 75-36 thrashing by Jamaica when they narrowly edged Samoa 52-51 in a Group ‘A’ clash as the 19th Commonwealth Games continued in New Delhi, India, yesterday.

The game was a see-saw affair at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, as Samoa led 12-11 at the end of the first-quarter and 27-26 at the half.

But the “Calypso Girls” netballers rallied with a 13-10 third-quarter, to enter the final phase 39-37 in front, and held on to the nail-biting win.

Joelisa Cooper scored 26 of 29 attempts and Anestacia Wilson 26 of 30 attempts for the Trinidadians.

Boxer Aaron Prince advanced to the second round in the welter-weight category after a convincing win over St Lucia’s Miguel Auguste at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The bout was stopped after one minute and 24 seconds of the third and final round, with Prince leading 9-4 on the judges’ cards.

Rifle shooters Roger Daniel and Rhodney Allen, who copped bronze on Tuesday in the 50m pistol pairs, finished ninth and 12th respectively in the men’s singles 50-metre pistol at the Dr Kami Singh Shooting Range while, at the Yamaha Sports Complex,

Trinidad and Tobago men archery team were narrowly beaten 224-219 by India in the compound team men’s elimination quarter-final.

Cyclists Njisane Phillip, Haseem McLean and Thireef Smart failed to advance past the first round of the men’s kieren

At the Dr SPM Swimming Complex, Joshua McLeod (52.07 seconds), Jarryd Gregoire (52.08) and Caryle Blondell (52.60) took the top three spots in heat four of the men’s 100m freestyle first round but failed to reach the semi- finals because of their slow times.

The TT hockey men suffered a second straight defeat at the Maj Dhyan Chand National Stadium, when they went under 4-0 to England in Group ‘B’ yesterday.

Canadian-born gymnast William Albert finished 21 out of 24 in the men’s individual all-round final, tallying 75.2 points,

There were mixed results for Trinidad and Tobago on the track, in the men and women 100m sprint, at the JN Stadium.

Marcus Duncan was the only athlete who failed to advance past the first round, clocking 10.59 seconds to finish fourth in heat two, but Emmanuel Callender, Aaron Armstrong (men) and Ayanna Hutchinson (women) progressed.

Callender won heat three in 10.29, the fastest time of the event, Armstrong won heat eight and Hutchinson was third in heat two in 11.71.

In today’s 100m semis, Armstrong will be in lane seven of the first semi, Callender in lane five of the second men’s semi while Hutchinson is in lane four of the first women’s semi.

The rifle shooting pair of Daniel and Allen will be back in action again today when they compete in the men’s pairs 10m air pistol. In track cycling, the quarter-finals of the men’s sprint will be contested today, with Phillip due to participate, while veteran Emile Abraham will be in the qualification stage of the men’s 20-kilometre scratch race.

Andrew Fermin will be aiming for success in the boxing ring, when he faces Filimaua Hala of Samoa in the first round of the light heavyweight category.

In the swimming pool, in the men’s 100m butterfly first round, Jarryd Gregoire will compete from lane eight in the fourth heat while, in heat five, Joshua McLeod is in lane one and Cadell Lyons in lane seven.

Christian Homer will feature in the first round of the men’s 100m backstroke, in lane seven of heat four and Cherelle Thompson will be in the women’s 50m freestyle first round, from lane six of heat four.

The national women’s hockey team will be seeking to avenge two lopsided losses to South Africa and Australia, when they meet Scotland in a Group ‘A’ match, while the netballers play hosts India

A worker cleans the surface of the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Monday night. Photo: ReutersDespite not advancing to the semifinal round, two of the three T & T athletes achieved personal bests in the 100 metre freestyle event swum of this morning (India Time) at the Commonwealth Games in India.

All three T & T  swimmers were seeded in heat four, and copped the top three places in the heat. Caryle Blondell lead the heat up to the 50m mark where he split 25 seconds flat. However it was Joshua Mc Leod who stopped the clock first in a personal beat 52.07 seconds to win the heat, improving on his personal best of 52.11.

Jarryd Gregoire was just 0.01 behind Mc Leod, and he too surpassed his personal best which was 52.37. Blondell placed third in 52.60 seconds. The final results placed the trio 21st, 22nd and 24th respectively. The fastest qualifier for the event was Gideon Louw of South Africa in 49.24. Brothers Shaune (49.93) and Brett Fraser (50.21) of the Cayman Islands gave the Caribbean a berth in the semifinal placing 7th and 11th respectively. T & T based Guyanese athlete Jessica Stephenson placed 5th in Heat One of the 200m breaststroke female in a time of 2:49.56.  

Mc Leod, Gregoire and Cadell Lyons will compete in the 100m butterfly tomorrow. Christian Homer will also be in action in the 100m backstroke. Cherelle Thompson is also expected to compete in her pet event the 50m freestyle.

Aussie sprinter stripped of Games goldAustralian sprinter Sally Pearson has been stripped of a Commonwealth Games gold medal, hours of celebrating victory in the 100m final.
Pearson crossed the line first, finishing in 11.28 seconds, but the result was protested by Englishwoman Laura Turner due to a false start.

Pearson and Laura Turner both appeared to false start but only Turner was given a red card and was disqualified. She successfully argued her case and stayed in the race, competing under protest.
Sally Pearson was the Commonwealth Games 100m champion for just four hours. Photo / AP
Turner finished eighth in 11.57, but the official results listed her as disqualified.

Turner upheld her protest after the race which led to Pearson also being disqualified after four hours of deliberation, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The gold medal will be given to Nigeria's Osayemi Oludamola who finished the race in second place.

Pearson was briefly the first Australian woman to win the 100 since Raelene Boyle in 1974.

Source: http:// By Kwame Laurence in New Delhi

Ince Creates HistoryShanntol Ince created history at the Dr. S.P.M. Aquatics Complex, here in New Delhi, India, yesterday, becoming the first para athlete to represent Trinidad and Tobago at a major international Games. The 15-year-old swimmer celebrated the occasion by advancing to the women's 50 metres freestyle S9 final. Ince clocked 34.07 seconds to cop fifth spot in the championship race. In the preliminary round, she had finished third in heat one and sixth overall in 34.30. Natalie Du Toit was first home in the final, the South African touching the wall in 29.82 seconds. Australia's Annabelle Williams (30.03) claimed silver, while bronze went to England's Stephanie Millward (30.09).

Joshua McLeod was the best of the three T&T swimmers on show in the men's 50m butterfly semis. He finished fifth in heat one and 10th overall in 24.88 seconds. The top eight advanced to the final. Cadell Lyons (25.13) and Jarryd Gregoire (25.54) were 12th and 15th, respectively.

In the preliminaries, Lyons was 13th fastest in 25.16 seconds, while McLeod (25.19) was 15th and Gregoire (25.57) 16th.

In the women's 100m freestyle preliminaries, Cherelle Thompson finished 27th overall in one minute, 00.46 seconds.

Gregoire, McLeod and Caryle Blondell will be in the pool today, in the opening round of the men's 100m freestyle.

T&T's hockey women lost 11-0 to champions Australia. Emily Hurtz netted a hat-trick for the Aussies.

"We are very disappointed," said T&T player Alana Lewis, after the game. "We needed more discipline. We have a lot of work to do, and we need to focus on our defence."

The T&T women were beaten 12-0 by South Africa on Monday.

At the Yamuna Sports Complex, T&T archers George Vire and Rakesh Sookoo exited in the round of 32 in the men's individual compound. Vire was beaten 2-0 by Canadian Andrew Fagan, while Sookoo lost 2-0 to Welshman Owen Kalmaru.

Both Vire and Sookoo won in the first round of the knockout phase, but their teammate, Hasmath Ali lost his opening contest. He went under 2-0 to another Welshman, James Thomas.

Sookoo edged Northern Ireland's Darran Hall 10-9 in a tie break, after they had won a set apiece and battled to a draw in the other set. Vire stopped Cypriot Marios Perdikos 2-0.

T&T do battle with hosts India today, in a men's team compound elimination match.

Emile Abraham was among the starters in heat one in the men's 40-kilometre points race, at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex. However, the T&T cyclist did not finish.

Today, Thireef Smart, Njisane Phillip and Haseem McLean will compete in the men's keirin. And in the men's sprint, Phillip, McLean and Christopher Sellier will fly the T&T flag.

Gymnast William Albert will be in action today at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, in the men's individual all-around final.

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, T&T sprinters Emmanuel Callender, Aaron Armstrong and Marcus Duncan face the starter in the opening round of the men's 100m dash, on day one of the Commonwealth Games athletics meet. Ayanna Hutchinson will be in action in the women's 100m.

At the Siri Fort Sports Complex, T&T squash pro Colin Ramasra faces Malta's Bradley Hindle in a men's singles classic plate quarter-final fixture.

T&T boxer Aaron Prince takes on St Lucia's Miguel Auguste in a welterweight bout, at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.

And in netball, T&T tackle Samoa in a Group A match-up, at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex. In their opening fixture, on Monday, T&T lost to Jamaica, 75-36.


Shooter Daniel: I’ll be pushing myself hardShooter Roger Daniel is in India to compete in the Commonwealth Games with the hope of building on his 2010 medal count which already includes a gold and a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Puerto Rico. The 19th edition of the event starts on Sunday and runs until October 14 in New Delhi. Daniel will also be looking to improve on his performance from the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where he placed third in the 50m pistol. In his next major event, the Olympic Qualifiers in Brazil in November, Daniel will vie for his third trip to the world’s biggest sporting stage, having already represented T&T at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Before he left for India, the 40-year-old T&T Defence Force Corporal spoke about what he hopes to accomplish in the next few months. “I’m really going to be pushing myself hard for this,” he said. “The most breathtaking moment of any athlete’s life is when he stands on the podium and hears his national anthem play. I’m looking forward to an experience like that.” A former national hockey player, Daniel first developed an interest in shooting when he joined the Defence Force in 1996 and now looks back on his introduction as a turning point in his life. “All soldiers are expected to be able to shoot and after being around guns so much, it felt like a natural fit,” he shared. “Shooting is a sport that changes you. It requires you to be still, calm and patient for very long periods of time and the training also requires you to take yourself to another level.

“How you are outside of the sport is how you are in the sport. So what you try to do mentally is keep yourself calm at all times and stay focused and just do what you have to do.” Daniel motivates himself by keeping tabs on the performances of the world’s best shooters and setting out to beat their scores. Since shooting is a relatively obscure sport in T&T though, he must deal with shortages in facilities, equipment, ammunition and targets. Despite the setbacks, he remains unfazed in the pursuit of his goals. “I’m not a person that allows frustration to get to me. You have to shut out all these things and stay focused,” he said. “If you get frustrated, your body can create a chemical that causes an imbalance so I try to avoid it.”

There is a feeling in some corners that the sport is dying in T&T but Daniel indicated he has seen an increase in interest following the national team’s third place finish at the 34th Copa Del Caribe in Puerto Rico in May. The real problems, according to him, stem from the local laws restricting young people from picking up a gun which he fears will keep the sport from developing to its full potential. “The outside world will always be ahead of us once their athletes are starting at an earlier age,” he said. “But if we can harness our young talent properly, I think we will see some future champions come out of the sport.” Looking ahead to his own future, Daniel said that shooting will be a part of his life for a long time to come.

Knott : The best is still to come as Singapore take 50m Pistol Pair Gold,India silver and T&T bronzeTrinidad and Tobago won its first medal  at the 19th Commonwealth  Games as Singapore won the gold medal in the men's 50m Pistol Pair event here today at the Dr Karni Singh Range

Swee Hon Lim and Bin Gai had a total of 1094 shots to clinch the gold medal.

Hosts India had to settle for a silver medal with Omkar Singh and Deepak Sharma returning a total of 1087 points.

Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze medal with Roger  Daniel (548) and Rhodney Allen (533) amassed a score of 1,081.

Allen and Daniel are both members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. Their confidence boosting efforts on  day two of the Commonwealth Games competition has set the foundation for T&T's quest  to return home with four or more bag more medals in the ten sports.

Chef de Mission Annette Knott expressed optimism that T&T  team will be inspired by the bronze medal performance of the two soldiers.

"It is tough .Winning medals at the Commonwealth Games is not easy. Our athletes must be at the top of their game.I am very encouraged by the positive and focused mood in the camp.Congratulations to Roger and Rhodney. However they are both well aware that they still have other events to come and must therefore remain disciplined and focused.We have to have that determination and burning desire to push on for podium finishes and personal bests." added Knott.