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Fedrick Dacres converted his
amazing run of international jun-
ior success into senior achieve-
ment when he captured gold in
the men s discus at the Pan
American Games on Thursday.
The 21-year-old, who has won
nearly every junior title across the
globe, threw 64.80 metres to
trounce his field, finishing ahead
of Brazilian Ronald Juliao who pro-
duced a season-best 64.65 to cop
American Russ Winger secured
bronze with 62.64.
Dacres was a World Junior
champion in Barcelona three years
ago and a World Youth champion
in Lille a year earlier.
The Caribbean s gold tally was
further boosted by Bahamian Jef-
fery Gibson who won the men s
400 metres hurdles in a person-
al-best 48.51 seconds.
He beat Olympic bronze medal-
list, Puerto Rico s Javier Culson,
into second with a time of 48.67
while Jamaica s Roxroy Cato took
bronze in a season-best 48.72.
The title was the first major one
for Gibson who had previously
won silver at the Central American
and Caribbean Championships in
Mexico two years ago.
There was also success for
Trinidad and Tobago in the men s
400 metres final as Machel Cede-
nio took silver in a time of 44.70,
behind winner Luguelin Santos of
the Dominican Republic in a sea-
The medal for the 19-year-old
Cedenio came on the heels of his
gold in the event at the World Jun-
ior Championships in Oregon last
American Kyle Clemons picked
up bronze on Thursday in a per-
sonal best 44.84.
In the corresponding women s
final, Vincentian Kineke Alexander
took bronze in 51.50, as American
Kendall Baisden won gold in 51.27.
The 29-year-old Alexander, who
competed at the last two Olympic
Games, was a bronze medal win-
ner in the event at the CAC Cham-
pionships two years ago.
Meanwhile, Jamaican Rasheed
Dwyer made headlines in the
men s 200 metres when he
smashed Jamaican legend Don
Quarrie s 44-year-old record, en
route to winning his semi-final.
The 26-year-old clocked 19.80
seconds to remove Quarrie s 19.86
from the record books, and install
himself as one of the favourites
for the final.
Antigua and Barbuda s Miguel
Francis clocked a personal best
20.05 to finish third and also qual-
ify for the final, behind second
placed American Wallace Spear-
mon who tagged a season-best
Trinidadian Kyle Greaux (20.69)
finished seventh and St Kitts and
Nevis Antoine Adams was last in
20.82, to miss out.
In semi-final two, Cuban Rober-
to Skyers finished second in 20.09,
behind winner Alonso Edward of
Panama (20.09), to reach the final.
On the women s side, Jamaica
Kerron Stewart clocked a season-
best 22.72 to be second behind
American Kaylin Whitney who
was timed at 22.68 in winning the
first women s semi-final.
Bahamian Anthonique Strachan
clinched third and a spot in the
final with a time of 22.79 seconds.
In the second semi-final,
Jamaican Simone Facey (22.64)
and Trinidadian Reyare Thomas
(22.88) finished second and fifth
respectively to book their spots in
The race was won by Angela
Tenorio of Ecuador in 22.59.
The women s final is set for 5:40
pm on Friday with the men s event
scheduled to be run off 15 minutes
It would have been silly to
immediately come forward and
comment on the display at the sta-
dium in Georgia when Mexico met
Panama for a place in the Gold Cup
Given my experience watching
these teams ply their trade within
the region, I would have made an
early comment on the physical trend
of the game.
When the game started, I felt
Mexico was short of its natural pos-
session fluidity and it seemed
unready for the speed of the Pana-
manians. Predictable interceptions
by the Panamanians to regain the
ball were a major feature of their
But this expected chemistry was
suddenly distorted by some tough
(but apparently fair) tackles as the
Panamanians attempted to disorient
the skillful Mexicans, whose midfield
did not have the creative ability we
have witnessed from their team over
They had fought a good battle
and appeared solid in midfield during
the 4-4 draw against T&T.
Suddenly, the referee made his
first move by laying a visible chal-
lenge to a Mexican defender and
Torres of Panama for what appeared
to be fighting for good positional
play when corners were taken on
Yes, there was an obvious degree
of aggression without breaking the
rules. The tension rose and the
intensity of tackles increased.
The referee seemed unsettled by
the constant challenges of players
every time he blew his whistle.
The human side of the American
official came into focus and he start-
ed blowing for the infringements as
he saw them.
Clearly, some decisions were not
properly seen by the fans, but it was
truly disappointing to see retaliation
coming from players, unfortunately
more from Panama than Mexico.
The eventual ejection of Panama s
Quintero jolted the fans from the
Panama Canal and brought about
some despicable behavior from the
red card recipient.
Admittedly, the foul appeared to
be worth nothing more than a yellow
From then onward, we witnessed
the courage of the Panamanians,
whose performance with 10 players
was encouraging to watch, not only
because of their success in creating
good defensive methods over a long
The American referee Mark Gelger
appeared to be somewhat appre-
hensive when making certain deci-
sions, especially when the reaction
of the crowd lent itself to unfair play
by the ref.
10 yellow cards equally shared
was another issue, as a number of
the players receiving the cards were
now ineligible for the finals.
Late in the game, it certainly
appeared that the referee s reluctance
to blow for certain fouls would invite
more red cards and maybe more
mayhem among members of both
teams, who were literally ready to
run onto the field for any unusual
In the final analysis, amidst the
tension which already existed, two
Panamanian defenders, both of
whom recognised a dangerous goal
scoring situation, desperately threw
themselves to avoid a probable goal.
A penalty was awarded and then
converted into the winning goal.
The moral of this episode was
that the game suffered because of
poor official decisions, which
brought about players challenges
and anger among fans.
The Mexicans were given four
yellow cards, with two players being
barred from the final.
What was even more disturbing
were the comments made by some
television announcers regarding this
The game was the loser and the
less said the better.
Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, plays against Panama's Anibal Godoy during
the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal on Wednesday, in
Atlanta, USA. Mexico won 2-1. AP PHOTO
The national Under-19 batsmen are hop-
ing to find some form when round three
of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional
U-19 50-over tournament continues today
in Jamaica, from 9.30 am.
The T&T batting led by former West Indies
U-19 player Amir Jangoo struggled in the
first two rounds of the tournament, which
led to consecutive defeats. In fact, no T&T
batsman has scored a half century in the
tournament thus far.
In the first round against Barbados on
Wednesday, T&T posted 159/9 batting first
with Keagan Simmons top scoring with 38.
The T&T bowlers fought back led by captain
Varindra Jagrup (3/32), but Barbados escaped
getting to 160/9 in 45.1 overs.
On Thursday, T&T had another disap-
pointing performance against Guyana in
round two. Cephas Cooper scored an unbeat-
en 48, but T&T failed to post an impressive
total, getting to 154/8 in 50 overs. Led by
the fast bowling duo of Akil Seetal (3/34)
and Anderson Phillip (2/30), T&T made the
match interesting but Guyana eventually got
to 157/7 in 37 overs.
On the other hand, the Windward Islands
are aiming to stay unbeaten after defeating
Canada by seven wickets in round one and
Jamaica by 128 runs in round two.
U-19s look to
Disgusting experience for football lovers
TODAY'S ROUND THREE FIXTURES
T&T vs Windward Islands, Chedwin Park
Canada vs Jamaica, St Elizabeth
Guyana vs Leeward Islands, Manchester
Dacres, Gibson win gold
PAN AM GAMES NEWS
.....Dwyer smashes Games record in 200m
Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer. left, and Antigua and Barbuda's Miguel
Francis compete in the semifinals of the men's 200 meter run at the
Pan Am Games on Thursday, in Toronto. Dwyer finished first.
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