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Steven Lopez won the men's under 80kg final for the United States ©Getty Images

TAEKWONDO

Aruba earned an Olympic taewkondo berth for the first time as the Pan-American qualifying tournament for Rio 2016 began in Aguascalientes in Mexico today.

Two men's and two women's weight categories were contested on the opening day with both finalists in each earning quota places for their countries.

Monica Pimentel-Rodriguez gained Aruba their historic spot in the women's under 49kg class, where she was a beaten finalist against Peru's Lizbeth Diez Canseco Verde, who also earned a Rio spot.

Aruba's achievement echoes similar feats achieved by Cape Verde and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who earned their maiden Olympic places at the African Qualification Tournament earlier this year.

The United States had the best of day one, with a gold and silver medal to earn two Olympic berths.

Steven Lopez won the men's under 80kg final, seeing off Moises Hernandez who collected a spot for Dominican Republic.

In the men's over 80kg final, Stephen Lambdin was beaten but earned a spot alongside Cuba's victor Rafael Alba Castillo.

The women's under 57kg glory went to Panama's Carolena Carstens, who was too strong for Doris Patino of Colombia.

Day two of the tournament tomorrow will see players battle it out for the remaining eight Olympic qualification places in the women's under 67kg and over 67kg, and the male under 58kg and under 68kg categories.

National selectors will have to confirm their athletes' places at the Games, with the final decisions due to be revealed on the World Taekwondo Federation’s website on July 18.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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