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Carifta double medalist Akanni Hislop
and reigning local champion Jonathan Far-
inha will return to defend their respective
sprint crowns and secure qualifying times
for major international competitions, at
the National Association of Athletics
Administrations (NAAA) National Junior
Championships, which starts today and
Some 800 athletes from almost all of
T&T s athletics clubs will meet at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, for the six
divisions of track and field action.
Hislop won both the Boys Under-18 100
metres and 200m finals last year and carried
his form all the way into the Carifta Games
in April, when he secured gold in the 200m
clocking 20.91 seconds.
He also claimed silver in the 100m in
10.47 seconds. Farinha dominated the same
two distances at the last Junior Champi-
onships, winning the U-20 100m (10.25
seconds) and 200m (20.68).
Carifta gold medal winners Andwuelle
Wright (Boys U-20 long jump) and Portious
Warren (Girls U-20 shot put) are also set
Unfortunately, Kayelle Clarke, who
received three medals at the Carifta Games,
including the Girls U-20 200m gold and a
relay bronze double will not feature this
weekend due to school commitments.
The juniors will be seeking to claim the
requisite qualifying times for World Youth
Games and the Pan Am Games.
Action starts from 9 am on both days.
Today, the opening session will begin with
finals in field events in all age divisions. The
individual and heptatholon hurdles will fol-
low from 10-10.45 am, followed by prelim-
inaries in the 100m races.
The 400m preliminaries is between 12.40-
1.30 pm. There will be an intermission and
presentation of medals from 1.30-2.30 pm.
In the afternoon session, there will be semi-
finals in the four 100m divisions, from 2.30-
3.20 pm, with the highly-anticipated 400m
finals following from 4.35-5 pm.
The days action will conclude after the
six finals in the 100m distance, which starts
at 6.10 pm.
Tomorrow, there will be finals in the
200m, 800m, 3,000m, 5,000m, the field
events and the relays.
Dominicans are upset with the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selection panel
after their home town hero Tyrone
Theophile was not selected for the current
Test match against Australia in Roseau.
While West Indian wickets were falling
out in the middle, some of the spectators
made their feelings known on the matter
and showed up with t-shirts indicating that
Theophile had scored 700 runs and still
ignored by the selectors.
Theophile scored 689 runs in the WICB
Professional Cricket League (PCL) tourna-
ment in 2015 at an average of 43.06 with
two centuries and three half centuries.
His best effort came against the T&T Red
Force when he slapped 136 in February at
Gros Islet in St Lucia.
Former Windward Islands opener and cur-
rent manager of the Windwards Volcanoes,
Lockhart Sebastien speaking to T&T
Guardian at Windsor Park yesterday said:
"No one has a God-given right to play for
the West Indies but I thought that this sea-
son was the best chance for Theophile to
come into the team.
"You don t pick a team on lottery and
what happened to Theophile in the one game
against Australia was used not to pick him
and it is unfortunate.
"He had a wonderful season, getting two
centuries and three half centuries yet he
could not get a look in. The selectors went
for (Rajindra) Chandrika who got just one
good knock of 72 and has not even gotten
a First Class hundred.
"This must be disappointing for Theophile
but he has to continue working hard and
don t give up. The West Indies have a tour
of Sri Lanka coming up later in the years
and I am sure he would form part of that
The crowd here was a bit disappointing
for the first day of a Test match and
Sebastien put to rest the notion that it was
due to Theophile not being selected.
"Today is a Wednesday and turn out has
nothing to do with the fact Theophile was
not selected for the Test match.
"Things are hard in Dominica as it is all
over the place and people can t afford to
miss work for the match. If the game extends
to the weekend, I am sure you would get a
full house here."
The Theophile supporters packed the Clem
John and Kelleb Laurent Stand and made
their voices heard in support of their player.
They intend to attend the game again today
to continue what they term a soft protest.
Top ranked players Victoria Koylass,
Declan Sheppard and Aalisha Alexis all
won their opening singles matches on
day two of the Lease Operators Ltd Junior
Tennis tournament at the Trinidad Coun-
try Club, Maraval, yesterday.
Koylass, competing in the girls Under-
14 round robin category this time around,
eased past Larissa Cox in straight sets 4-
0, 4-0. At the event last year, Koylass
defeated Yin Lee Assang to win the girls
U-12 singles title.
Sheppard had a tougher assignment
against Thomas Chung in the boys U-10
division, but prevailed 6-4 in the one set
Playing in the girls U-12 category Alexis
got past Kryshelle Cudjoe 4-1, 5-3 in her
Other top players Cameron Wong and
Aidan Carter also had comfortable victories
Wong outlasted Aisha Smith 6-1 in the
girls U-10, while Carter breezed past Chris-
tian George 4-0, 4-0 in the boys U-14
In another boys U-14 match, Jaydon
Alexis defeated Kyle Lee Young 4-1, 4-1.
In the girls U-14 category it was a solid
start for Esther James.
James got past Kimberly Sabga 4-1, 0-
4, 10-6, before defeating Kelsey Leitch in
another three-set match 4-1, 2-4, 10-3.
In the same category it was an incon-
sistent start for Rhyse Houllier.
After outlasting Cox comfortably 4-0,
4-0 Houllier lost to Vivian Sabga 0-4, 0-
4. The knockout phase of the U-10, U-12
and U-14 categories will begin at 9 am
today. The U-16 and U-18 players will be
in action next weekend at the same venue.
Hislop, Farinha seek glory at
NAAA Junior Championships
Favourites show form at Lease Junior Tennis
Alex-Jaden Durand stretches as
he returns the ball to Matias
Balda when the pair met during
the Lease Operators Junior tennis
tournament, at the Trinidad
Country Club, Maraval on
Thursday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Jadon Singh serves the ball to Elijah Leslie of
Tobago when the pair met during the Lease
Operators Junior tennis tournament.
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