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Sun, Aug

Nicholas Paul after winning three gold medals at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Paul broke Njisane Phillip's Pan American Games record, today.

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games
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An­oth­er fan­tas­tic gold medal per­for­mance from cy­clist Nicholas Paul in the men's sprint fi­nal at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Li­ma, Pe­ru on Sat­ur­day night.

He swept com­pa­tri­ot Njisane Phillip in two straight rides at the Na­tion­al Cy­cling Velo­drome, end­ing T&T's 48-year wait for a Pan Am Games sprint cham­pi­on.

They did a vic­to­ry lap to­geth­er with the na­tion­al flag in cel­e­bra­tion of their gold and sil­ver medal achieve­ments. Their per­for­mances im­proved T&T's medal haul to four, thanks to gold in the Men's Team Sprint cour­tesy Paul, Phillip and Keron Bram­ble on Thurs­day night and a bronze from box­er Michael Alexan­der, who re­ceived his medal on Fri­day evening from T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Bri­an Lewis dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mo­ny at the Miguel Grau Col­i­se­um.

The show­down for the top spot on the podi­um in the men's sprint event lived-up to all ex­pec­ta­tions be­tween T&T's best wheels­men.

Na­tion­al cy­cling tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Erin Hartwell stood back and proud­ly watched as his two rid­ers mount­ed their re­spec­tive bikes with as­sis­tance from oth­er tech­ni­cal staff mem­bers.

Paul was the win­ner of the first ride in the best-in-three fi­nal, beat­ing his train­ing part­ner by a com­fort­able mar­gin to go in­to race two with the phys­i­o­log­i­cal ad­van­tage.

In the sec­ond race, both were again wheeled out by Hartwell's sup­port staff and it was Paul out­pac­ing Phillip who slowed with some half lap to go sur­round­ing the gold. He crossed the fin­ish line and clapped his team­mate on his im­pres­sive vic­to­ry.

There was a bit of dra­ma in the semi­fi­nal round af­ter both lo­cal cy­clists ini­tial­ly swept their re­spec­tive best-in-three races.

Paul de­feat­ed Colom­bian Kevin Quin­tero in two close­ly-matched races while Phillip com­fort­ably elim­i­nat­ed Venezue­lan Her­sony Canelon, win­ning races one and two by some mar­gin.

How­ev­er, there was a protest against Paul for a lane in­fringe­ment and he was rel­e­gat­ed there­by race two be­ing award­ed to Quin­tero.

It was some tense mo­ments for the T&T sup­port­ers all dressed in their red, white and black while in­tense­ly grip­ping the na­tion­al flag but Paul seemed un­af­fect­ed by the turn of events.

He mount­ed his bike as­sist­ed by na­tion­al cy­cling tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Hartwell, stayed with his strat­e­gy, out­raced the Colom­bian to the line in the de­cid­ing ride and emerged the clear win­ner, earn­ing the right to race his com­pa­tri­ot Phillip for the gold, co­in­ci­den­tal­ly af­ter do­ing their pre-race warm-up rou­tine to­geth­er.

Phillip be­came tied as the most suc­cess­ful T&T cy­clist at the Games ever since its in­cep­tion in 1951. With his bronze and sil­ver medals re­spec­tive­ly in the 2011 and 2015 edi­tions, added to his gold in the men's Team Sprint on Thurs­day night, Phillip is now even on medal count with T&T's leg­end Roger Gib­bon. Sports Hall of Fame in­ductee, Gib­bon, se­cured his four-medal tal­ly in the 1963 Sao Pao­lo and 1967 Win­nipeg Games.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, T&T has a long and rich his­to­ry in the match sprint with the pair of Gib­bon and Leslie King shar­ing three gold medals across three con­sec­u­tive Pan Am Games from 1963 to 1971.

The event's bronze was se­cured by Quin­tero af­ter he swept Canelon.

Al­so on the track was T&T's Alexi Cos­ta, who was in ninth place in the women's om­ni­um with 76 points. She first earned 26 points in the open­ing event, the 30-lap scratch race fol­low­ing her eighth-place fin­ish, in the tem­po race, she was ninth and award­ed 24 points while in the elim­i­na­tion race, she was placed eighth and got 26 points. Her fi­nal event, the points race came af­ter press time.

Mean­while, Ear­li­er in the Men's Team Pur­suit, T&T's Tyler Cole, Jov­ian Gomez, Kemp Orosco and Jabari White­man com­pet­ing in heat one, cov­ered the 4,000m dis­tance in a time of 4:24.216 in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round. How­ev­er, their time was not quick enough to qual­i­fy in ei­ther of the medal races.

Rac­ing for gold will be the Unit­ed States, which pro­gressed with the fastest time of 4:03.796, and Colom­bia with 4:07.152. Bat­tling for bronze will be Chile ((4:07.393) and Mex­i­co (4:11.384).

In Hock­ey

T&T hock­ey men were plagued by the same prob­lems in their fi­nal pre­lim­i­nary round Pool A match and sank to their third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

The na­tion­al team went un­der to Chile, still un­able to con­vert its penal­ty cor­ners. T&T had four chances in the match-up with vet­er­an Kwand­wane Browne tak­ing three and Teague Mar­cano the oth­er but three at­tempts were saved by Chil­ian goal-keep­er Adri­an Hen­riquez. Browne had one more try for a con­so­la­tion goal in the fourth pe­ri­od but it missed the tar­get.

Un­like Chile who com­plet­ed its lone field goal in the first pe­ri­od thanks to Mar­tin Ro­driguez (14.10) and then con­nect­ed its lone penal­ty cor­ner with Juan Amoroso's shot in 36.23 go­ing past T&T keep­er Kar­los Stephen.

T&T will now play the win­ner of Pool B, Cana­da, which is un­de­feat­ed thus far in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In Shoot­ing

Robert Auer­bach Jr end­ed the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round in the men's skeet tied in 10th place not good enough to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

En­ter­ing day two of the qual­i­fy­ing round, Auer­bach was in 21st place af­ter unim­pres­sive rounds of 23 and 21, re­spec­tive­ly on the first day. He made a vast im­prove­ment on day two reg­is­ter­ing scores of 24, 25 and 24 to have an over­all score of 117, the same as Cana­di­an Richard McBride (25, 21, 23, 24, 24), just three shots off the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing spot.

An­oth­er lo­cal shoot­er Mar­sha Bullen-Jones was al­so in­volved at the range and she too did not make the cut to com­pete in the fi­nal of the women's 25m rapid fire pis­tol event, af­ter plac­ing 26th fol­low­ing stage two of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round.

The lo­cal shoot­er end­ed with a score of 497, en­ter­ing the sec­ond stage in 26th place with a score of 266 from the pre­ci­sion phase. On Sat­ur­day morn­ing, she scored 231 in the rapid phase to add to her to­tal to fin­ish down the or­der in an event which had 27 par­tic­i­pants. On­ly the top six shoot­ers ad­vanced to the fi­nal round.

In Sail­ing

There was no rac­ing as no wind kept the fleet ashore in­clud­ing T&T sailors Kel­ly-Ann Ar­rindell and An­drew Lewis, who were to open com­pe­ti­tion in their re­spec­tive Women's and Men's Dinghy Open Se­ries.

Races one and two for both sailors were post­poned un­til Sun­day with the hope that the wind will play along.

Sun­day's sched­ule

Open Wa­ter Swim­ming

Women's 10km - Ja­da Cha­toor, 10 am


Men's Keirin

Round 1 Heat 2 - Kwe­si Browne, 12:18 pm

Women's Madi­son (30km with 12 sprints) Fi­nal - Alexi Cos­ta, Te­niel Camp­bell, 12.42 pm

Men's Madi­son (50km with 30 sprints) Fi­nal - Ak­il Camp­bell, Tyler Cole, 7.54 pm


Women's Dinghy Open Se­ries - Kel­ly-Ann Ar­rindell (Race 1 & 2), 1 pm

Men's Dinghy Open Se­ries - An­drew Lewis (Race 1 & 2), 1.10 pm


2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

Dates: Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Host city: Lima, Peru
Athletes: 6,690


2019 TT Pan Am team

AQUATICS: Dylan Carter, Kael Yorke, Graham Chatoor, Jade Chatoor, Gabriela Donahue, Giselle Gursoy; Tracy De Montrichard-Carter, Chase Bloch, Joseph Mc Leod (officials).

ARCHERY: Daniel Catariz; Colvin Chin (official).

ATHLETICS: Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett, Alena Brooks, Kamaria Durant, Sparkle McKnight, Cleopatra Borel, Portious Warren, Tyra Gittens,Keston Bledman, Kyle Greaux, Jereem Richards, Dwight St Hillaire, Machel Cedenio, Reubin Walters, Akanni Hislop, Jerod Elcock, Asa Guevara, Andwuelle Wright, Wimani Stewart, Keshorn Walcott, Shakeil Waithe, Deon Lendore, Mauricia Prieto, Ayla Stansclaus, Tonya Nero; George Comissiong, Ian Carter, Nic Connor Alexander, Charles Joseph, Arlon Morrisson, Mastrapa Lopez, Wendell Williams (officials).

BADMINTON: Nekeisha Blake; Melvin Thomas (official).

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Malika Davidson, Rheeza Grant, Daynte Stewart, Marlon Phillip; Nancy Joseph, Stephen Enile (officials).

BOXING: Nigel Paul, Aaron Prince, Tyron Thomas, Micheal Alexander; Reynold Cox, Rawlson Dopwell (officials).

CANOE SPRINT: Matthew Robinson, Nicholas Robinson; Merryl See Tai (official).

CYCLING: Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble, Quincy Alexander, Jabari Whiteman, Kemp Orosco, Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomez, Akil Campbell, Teniel Campbell, Alexi Costa; David Francis, Erin Hartwell, Gene Samuel, Elisha Greene, Gabriel Thomas (officials).

GOLF: Isabella Lawrence; Wayne Baptiste (official).

GYMNASTICS: Joseph Fox; Charlie St Leger (official).

HOCKEY: Karlos Stephen, Akim Toussiant, Jordan Reynos, Kristien Emmanuel, Teague Marcano, Sheldon De Lisle, Marcus James, Mickell Pierre, Tarik Marcano, Daniel Byer, Micheael O’Connor, Shaquille Daniel, Lyndell Byer, Kwandwane Browne, Caleb Guiseppi, Dylan Francis, Joel Daniel, Malcolm Baptiste; Glenn Francis, Kirth Davis, Huw Stevens, Nicholas Baldeosingh (officials).

JUDO: Gabriella Wood; Mark Littrean (official).

ROWING: Felice Aisha Chow; Monica Hilcu (official).

RUGBY: Apphia Glasgow, Leah Kintiba, Nicolette Pantor, Blossom Stewart, Fayola Jack, Marika Mendez, Carlina Phillip, Maria Thomas, Kwanieze John, Aqiyla O’Brien, Kathleen Stephen, Kanisha Vincent; Jenilee Limada, Carlton Felix, Kelson Figaro (officials).

SAILING: Andrew Ivan David Lewis, Kelley-Ann Mary Arrindell; Official: Kairon Serrette (official).

SHOOTING: Anthony D Maraj, Marsha Bullen-Jones, Robert Auerbach, Roger Daniel; Ian Cockburn (official).

TABLE TENNIS: Rheann Chung; Anthony Corbin (official).

TAEKWONDO: Megan Lawrence; Cheryl Ann Sankar (official).

Team TTO in PAN AM 2019