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World Athletics Championship 400-metre hurdles victor Jehue
Gordon is expressing confidence that he can repeat his winning
performance witnessed two years ago in Moscow Russia.
Back in 2013 Gordon won gold in the men's 400 m hurdles in
47.69 to upset race favourite Michael Tinsley of the United States
who ran 47.70. The 2015 edition of the meet hosted by the IAAF
was scheduled to take place from August 22-30 in Beijing, China,
at which Gordon intended to defend his title.
"You saw how I ran, so I guess you will see it again. They (people
of T&T) know that I always give it my best. So it's always about
T&T at the end of the day: win, lose or draw. My main aim is to
get back as fit and as healthy as possible and definitely give it my
best shot at the World Championships," he said.
Gordon--who was forced to pull out of the Pan American Games
held in Toronto, Canada, a mere two weeks ago, when his training
camp discovered an injury that could have worsened had he competed
at the tournament--said training was good and the team was working
and looking ahead to Beijing.
"Right now we are working on it. We are working together as
a team. Nothing is ever guaranteed. Sport is very iffy. Anything
could happen on the day. Nobody's name is written on the medals
as yet. Once I go out and give it my best performance!
Even as he kept his eyes on the prize, his pursuit of higher
education had not waned. Come September, Gordon would graduate
from the University of the West Indies with first class honours in
sports management. Things have been a lot different since that
victory, he said, in terms of the life shaping opportunities that came
before him. But he kept his feet firmly on the ground, conscious
there was a time and place for everything.
Gordon turned his attention to the work of the T&T Olympic
Committee (TTOC) and lauded its president Brian Lewis who
through established an Athlete Welfare Fund and was to rallying
corporate T&T and the public at large to pledge financial support
for the 10 or more goal medal by 2024.
"We see what sport does for a nation, especially with people like
Njisane Phillip, George Bovell, Keshorn Walcott and Cleopatra Borel.
We have a good crop of athletes coming up especially
the young Machel Cedenio. It's not to say that the
future is dull for T&T, it's just that we need to sup-
port our athletes more and show them the respect
that they deserve, because at the end of the day,
we make a lot of sacrifices to make sure that's
T&T is on the map. And, if we don't do that,
who is going to? he asked.
Gordon lamented the fact that
basic amenities for elite athlete
training were still not available in
T&T, no because a lack of
resources, but the poor mind sets.
Many, he said, still haven't
grasped the concept of profes-
sionalism when meeting the
needs of the nation's athletes.
"When we go outside, we see what
it takes and what it means to be a pro-
fessional. In T&T, we are accustomed
to this lack-lustre culture where it's
always a short term goal or short term
thinking. We really don't think outside
the box as T&T nationals when it comes
to stuff like that. We only see the end
result. If they can come and live in the
athletes shoes for a certain point in time,
they would see the difficulties that we
are faced with," he said.
GEORGETOWN---Football world s
governing body, Fifa, has turned
down a protest by the Guyana
Football Federation (GFF) alleging
that St Vincent and the
Grenadines used an ineligible
player during a World Cup Qual-
ification game in June.
The GFF had requested Fifa to
investigate and rule on the status
of the player James Gavin of St
Vincent and the Grenadines and
the status and outcome of the
game played in the preliminary
competition for the 2018 Fifa
World Cup Russia on June 14
between both teams at the Guyana
National Stadium. The GFF was
questioning the eligibility of Gavin
and whether he was in possession
of a St Vincent and the Grenadines
passport during the qualification
However, in a letter to the GFF,
Fifa's Disciplinary Committee ruled
that "after careful examination of
all the requested information and
documentation, it was considered
that no further intervention was
necessary in such context."
The GFF said that it is currently
seeking legal advice on whether to
appeal the ruling to the Fifa Appeals
St Vincent and the Grenadines
advanced on away goals after a 2-
2 draw in Arnos Vale followed by a
4-4 tie in Georgetown. (CMC)
Digiburners took full advantage of
the final Digicel Summer Burn of the
year by turning up in their numbers
at the Queen s Park Savannah on
Monday. The instructors from the
Long Circular Club, as well as Zumba
instructors, Kristerbella, Cindy and
Leston, led those gathered through
the paces of a fun one-hour long
zumba and aerobic workout.
Simultaneously, the final of the DigiBurn
Team Challenge was underway, supervised
by Gerard Alfonso. Team Five Star emerged
the winners, besting the obstacle course
in a time of less than three minutes. They
walked away with a cash prize of $5,000,
presented by Digicel's Head of Marketing
The members of Team Five Star were
not the only winners on the day as
several persons walked away with Dig-
icel IMAX tickets, Digicel cooler bags
and chairs as well as the popular auto-
graphed cricket bats from CPL 2015
champions Red Steel. Adrian Rodriguez
and Zalika Timothy were also the lucky
recipients of a one-month free gym
membership at the Long Circular Gym.
Refreshments during the "water
breaks" were provided by Gatorade,
Dasani and Dannon. Right Guard and
Dial representatives were also on hand
to distribute samples of their products.
The fitness event will return to the
Queen's Park Savannah next year,
bringing with it more fun and fitness
and extraordinary prizes.
Fifa rules in favour of St Vincent in World Cup protest
to defend his title
Digicel's Head of Marketing Lori Ann Glasgow, centre, presents the $5,000
cheque to the members of the "Five Star" for winning the Digicel Summer Burn
Challenge at the Queen's Park Savannah on Monday.
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA QUALIFIERS
Police is just one game away from
lifting their first North Zone Basketball
Commission title after defeating for-
mer zone champions Detour Shak
Attack 84-74 on Thursday night in
game-1 of the Big-Four finals at the
Jean Pierre Sports complex.
To show that their league victory
was no fluke, point-guard Adrian
Joseph, a former stand-out player with
Petro Jazz last season, scored 18 points,
forward Fabrice Fisher, who was
groomed by Valencia Heat for several
years added 17. Police which defeated
Defence Force 2-1 in their semi-finals
series, led the first three quarters 27-
16, 44-30 at the interval and then 62-
49 at the conclusion of the third ses-
sion of play.
For Shak Attack which must win
tonight to keep their title hopes alive
point-guard Orlando Mapp and forward
Andy Best must better their 18 and 14
points production respectively, while
shooting-guard Kurt "Cotto" Christain
and power-forward Andrew Ifill need to
get among the top players on the night.
Meanwhile, Defence Force can secure
a creditable third place in the middle
game of the triple-header when they
clash in game-two with the University
of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) from
The new-look army/coastguard unit
registered a 77-66 win also on Thurs-
day night with forwards Stephen
"Lighter" Lewis and Jonathan Donawa
netting 14 and 12 points respectively.
For UTT which trailed 31-38 at half-
time Jeffrey Harris continued in his
prolific style with 26 points and Patrick
Scipio supported with 17.
Police seeks first North Zone title tonight
...DETOUR SHAK ATTACK
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