Emmanuel Callender held off a strong challenge from teenager Jonathan Farinha to capture gold in the Falcon Games men’s 100 metres dash, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Port of Spain, yesterday. Callender, a two-time Olympic sprint relay medallist, clocked 10.42 seconds, while 18-year-old Farinha got home in 10.43. Suriname’s Ifrish Alberg was a distant third in 10.73.
In the qualifying round, Callender produced a wind-assisted 10.34 seconds run to advance to the final as the fastest qualifier.
Marcus Duncan was also a heat winner, and had the fastest legal time on the day, 10.36. However, Duncan did not face the starter in the championship race. Darrel Brown, meanwhile, was a non-starter in the preliminaries.
Lisa Wickham won the women’s 100m in 11.69 seconds, from Kamaria Durant (11.76) and British Virgin Islands sprinter Karene King (11.83).
Shakiel Waithe produced a superb effort in the men’s javelin, landing the spear 72.44 metres. Waithe was the winner of the event, beating his nearest rival by more than 18 metres.
Fifteen-year-old Tyriq Horsford triumphed in the boys’ under-18 javelin with an impressive 64.01m throw.
Romona Modeste crushed her rivals in the women’s 400m. Modeste came off the final turn with a commanding lead, and motored to the line for the easiest of victories. She clocked 53.98 seconds, while second-placed Kafi Ottley got home in 56.95.
Tacuma Sterling won the men’s 400m in 47.39 seconds, beating Barbadian Nicholas Deshong (47.86) into second spot.
Josanne Lucas topped the women’s 100m hurdles field in 13.78 seconds. Venezuela’s Genesis Romero was second in 13.92. On Saturday, Lucas won the 400m hurdles, while Romero was golden in the long jump.
George Smith returned a time of four minutes, 03.77 seconds to strike gold in the men’s 1500m. Smith led his Defence Force teammate Cliffton Sylvester off the final turn, and opened the gap on the straight for a comfortable victory, Sylvester taking silver in 4:04.79.
Dawnel Collymore had things all her own way in the women’s 1500m, winning the race in 4:39.08.
Andwuelle Wright produced a 7.30m leap to emerge victorious in the men’s long jump.
Akeem Stewart was the class of the men’s shot put field, the para athlete capturing the top spot with a 17.94m throw. On Saturday, Stewart produced a 56.40m effort to win the discus.
Teenager Chelsea James threw 43.21m to win yesterday’s women’s discus event, following up on her runner-up finish in Saturday’s shot put. James threw the iron ball 13.70m. Her fellow-junior, Portious Warren was the winner with an impressive 14.88m throw.
Another junior athlete, Omari Benoit cleared the bar at 2.05m to win the men’s high jump title. And Livan Reyes emerged victorious in another Saturday event, the Cuban topping the men’s 5,000m field in 14:39.21. Jules La Rode finished second in 15:57.13.