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Shot putter Cleopatra Borel
made a successful defence of her
women s title at the 22nd Central
American and Caribbean (CAC)
Games in Mexico, yesterday to
give T&T its second gold medal
at the Games.
Golden in 2010 in Puerto Rico,
35-year-old Borel was never in
trouble of securing the gold medal
after her first throw of 17.84 placed
her at the top of the field. This
was followed by throws of 18.07,
18.38, 18.53 and 18.99 before foul-
ing her final effort.
She joins swimmer George
Bovell who won a third straight
gold in the men s 50m freestyle
final last week.
T&T s other medals to date
came via the national men s hock-
ey team (silver), Bovell (swimming),
Dorian Alexander (taekwondo),
Curtis Humphreys/ Dexter St
Louis (table tennis), Roger Daniel
(shooting), Christopher George
(judo), Kwesi Browne (cycling) and
boxer Michael Alexander.
Second placed Cuban Yaniuvis
Lopez was also consistent with
throws of 17.70, 17.49, 17.65, 17.87
and 17.88 while bronze medallist
Sandra Milena Lemos of Colombia,
had two successful attempts, first
an effort of 16.98 and 17.50 to earn
her medal as she fouled on her
next four attempts.
In the men s 200m final, 26-
year-old Kyle Greaux was fifth in
20.95, behind the quartet of
Cubans Roberto Skyers (20.47)
and Reynier Mena (20.54) and
Mexico s Jose Carlos Herrera
(20.63) while Honduran Rolando
Cruz Palacios was fourth in 20.76.
In Wednesday s semifinals,
Greaux was third in 20.83.
T&T s other entrant Emmanuel
Callender completed a disastrous
double after he was disqualified
from heat two, to follow up failing
to reach the men s 100m final
while US-based Mikel Thomas
advanced to the men s 110m hur-
dles final carded for 12.55 pm today,
when he third in his semifinal
(14.08), behind Cuban Yordan Luis
Ofarrill (13.63) and US Virgin
Islands Eddie Lovett (13.82).
Ayanna Alexander, a bronze
medallist at this year s Common-
wealth Games, was eighth in the
long jump with a longest leap of
12.94 metres and in the men s
1,500m, Jamaal James was ninth
in 4:00.58 minutes, well adrift of
Cuban Andy Gonzalez (3:45.52).
Fast bowler Daniel St. Clair is
expected to debut for the T&T Red
Force today, when they play Jamaica
in their third round WICB Profes-
sional Cricket League (PCL) tour-
nament at the Queen s Park Oval.
With Shannon Gabriel leaving with
the West Indies team for South Africa,
St. Clair who has been impressive in
national trials, has earned a call up.
Skipper Rayad Emrit said yesterday
that it was likely that St Clair would
play. "Shannon is out and we decided
to give this talented youngster a shot
at playing. We will make a final deci-
sion after we assess the pitch."
Also out on West Indies duty is
Test captain Denesh Ramdin who has
been replaced by the solid Steven
The Red Force received a further
blow when it was revealed that leg
spinner Imran Khan, who starred in
the six-wicket win against the Lee-
ward Islands was struggling with a
side strain. Khan grabbed ten wickets
in the game and will know his fate
before play starts this morning. Ker-
wyn Sirju, a leg-spinner who plays
for Esmeralda, has been included in
the squad as cover.
The other change to the team that
won against the Leewards is Jeremy
Solozano, who comes in for another
in-form player, Yannic Cariah. The
prolific Under-19 player will be hop-
ing to break into the final 11 against
a team he made his debut against
last year. Cariah s toe was fractured
in the clash against the Leewards.
There was a sombre mood in the
T&T camp yesterday over the death
of Australian batsman Phil Hughes.
Hughes was struck on the neck by
a short ball from Sean Abbott in a
Sheffield Shield game three days ago,
and died yesterday morning in hos-
pital in Sydney.
Emrit said: "When I spoke to the
guys this morning, they were all sad.
We felt as if it was one of us because
we are all cricketers. It is hard to
accept a man going down like this
and our prayers are with all Australia
at this point."
When play gets off today, Red Force
will be looking to close the gap on
leaders Guyana Jaguars, who have 34
points. Red Force is currently second
with 20 points, just a solitary point
ahead of Jamaica.
Starting goalkeeper Kimika
Forbes was expected to arrive in
Trinidad last night to complete the
22-player training squad currently
preparing for Tuesday s second leg
World Cup qualifying fixture ver-
Forbes follows her sister Karyn
Forbes, along with Rhea Belgrave
and Brianna Ryce, who arrived from
the USA on Wednesday evening.
They were permitted to train with
the team given the Thanksgiving
The players are camping at Hyatt
Regency, Wrightson Road, and are
training at the Hasely Crawford
The training squad largely rep-
resents the team which traveled to
Ecuador earlier this month for the
goalless first-leg, but also includes
a couple of virtually unknown
names in the likes of sisters Nia
and Amira Walcott, who are
uncapped for the senior team.
In 2010, they were both invited
to train with the national U-17
women s team, before T&T hosted
the Fifa U-17 Women s World Cup,
but failed to make the final squad.
Back-up shot stopper, Tenisha
Palmer, who was excluded from the
squad for the first leg against
Ecuador, was also left out of the
training squad as she recovers from
She was replaced by Saundra
The training team comprises,
Baron, Ryce, Belgrave, the Forbes
(Kimika and Karyn), the Walcotts
(Nia and Amera), Maylee Attin
Johnson, Ayanna Russell, Patrice
Superville, Ahkeela Mollon, Mariah
Shade, Janine Francois, Arin King,
Khadisha Debesette, Khadidra
Debesette, Tasha St Louis, Anique
Walker, Dernelle Mascall, Jasmine
Sampson and Lauryn Hutchinson.
Meanwhile, Ecuador will touch
down in Trinidad on Saturday, three
days before the match.
The "Tricolor" will camp at the
Courtyard at Marriott, Invader s
Bay, which is directly opposite the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, the
venue of Tuesday s match.
For Ecuador to beat T&T to qual-
ification for Canada, the South
American nation will require a direct
win, or any draw other than a nil-
nil result, which will force extra-
time and potentially penalties.
Ecuador s head coach Vanessa
Aráuz said, in the Ecuadorian press,
her team will need to "build a fast
game with an attacking mind set",
as opposed to playing for "luck that
is accompanied with a draw."
LONDON---Former West Indies
cricketer Brian Lara says he hopes
the critical head injury to Australia s
Phillip Hughes does not affect the
future of fast bowling since such inci-
dents are rare.
Lara s comments were made before
news surfaced that Hughes had died
as a result of the injuries he sustained
when struck by a bouncer on Tues-
After finishing 18 holes at The Aus-
tralian Open Pro-Am in Sydney on
Wednesday morning, Lara backed
Cricket Australia s decision to abandon
the round of Sheffield Shield, and
believes the horrific injury sustained
by Hughes will have a significant
impact on bowlers around the world.
"It will have a serious effect," Lara
"No bowler wants to be in that sit-
uation. You want to be able to go out
there and give your full compliment
of deliveries and test the batsman in
all sorts of different ways, but that
sort of end result is not what you aim
"[Sean Abbott] will be utterly dev-
astated and not in a very good frame
of mind. I think it was a very good
decision to abandon the game and
everyone can try and recover emo-
tionally and psychologically."
Lara, who described the incident
as "very unfortunate", believes the ICC
have always had the safety of players
in the forefront of their decisions.
He admitted cricket was a danger-
ous sport but said that eradicating the
short ball would take away from the
essence of the game.
"It s part of the game and they ve
done their best over the years to curb
it and manage it as much as possible.
It s part of the armoury of a fast bowler
and it s very hard to take that totally
away from him. There are some bats-
men who feed off that sort of attack
and I don t believe it s something that
should affect the fast bowlers and the
rules governing that.
second CAC gold
Last Warrior arrives for WCup decider
not affect fast
T&T Red Force: Rayad Emrit (captain),
Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Jason
Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Marlon
Richards, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons,
Daniel St Clair, Jeremy Solozano, Kerwyn
Sirju and Steven Katwaroo.
Jamaica: Tamar Lambert (captain),
Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr,
Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Jason
Dawes, Damion Jacobs, André McCarthy,
Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya
Thomas and Keno Wallace.
Cleopatra Borel made a successful defence of her women's title at
Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico, yesterday.
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