Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 28th 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 28, 2015
Day six of the World Championships here
in Beijing, China may have been different but
the colour that remains for T&T is one of dark-
ness as yet another pair of athletes failed to
progress past the semi finals.
In the women s 200 metres, neither Reyare
Thomas nor Semoy Hackett was good enough
to reach the last eight.
Thomas, running from lane two, finished
sixth in a time of 23.03, which was an improve-
ment on her time in the qualifying rounds of
23.25 but it was not good enough to reach the
finals. Hackett finished fourth in her heat in a
time of 22.75, which was a better time than her
22.89 in the first round. However she remained
in 11th place overall from the qualification stage
to the semi final.
Hackett had to be escorted off the track and
through the media zone after the race.
Speaking to the media briefly, she confirmed
that all was not well. "I was feeling sick from
last night. They said probably it was not the
food but something in my abdomen, but I think
it is the food," a crouched over Hackett said.
She did not think the race was hard. "It wasn t
that hard but I was just not feeling my 100
percent into the race. I think I executed well
but I did all I could have done. It is not so much
physical pain, but pain, something I ate or some-
thing like that." There was an option to withdraw
from the race. "But I wanted to run, I did not
want to pull out.
I was looking forward to this race very much
nd what has happened from last night really
made it tough," she noted.
Team manager Dexter Voisin said the ailment
should not affect Hackett s chances of running
in the 4x100 metres on Saturday. " Semoy has
been complaining about stomach pains and our
medical team has examined her and while there
is still some discomfort, we are hopeful that
she will be okay in time for the sprint relays on
Saturday. She is a very important member of
that team," Voisin said.
Today, T&T will have no athlete in action.
However, final preparations will be put in place
for both the 4x100 metres women s relay and
the 4x400 mens relay, which will both start
tomorrow. The Caribbean though had much to
cheer about after Usain Bolt added to his gold
medal tally with a dominant performance in
the 200 metres, beating rival American Justin
Gatlin into second place.
The Jamaican added the title in a world lead-
ing time of 19.55 seconds in a race he clearly
dominated. Gatlin finished in 19.74 and Anaso
Jobodwana took the bronze with a South African
national record of 19.87.
Jamaican will be looking for the sprint double
as their national 200m champion Elaine Thomp-
son looked impressive and is one of three
Jamaicans in today s final. She will join Veronica
Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson to com-
pete for medals. Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica qual-
ified with the best throw of 65.77m. But there
were disappointments for Chad Wright (61.53)
and Jason Morgan (60.85) of Jamaica as they
failed to advance.
In the Women s High Jump, Pan American
Games gold medallist Levern Spencer and
Jeanelle Scheper of St Lucia qualified for today s
final. They both cleared 1.92m. But Pan American
Games silver medallist Antiguan Priscilla Fred-
erick s 1.85 was not good enough to advance.
There were no other Caribbean competitors
qualifying for the Women s Long Jump Final.
Chantel Malone of the BVI (6.46) and Bianca
Stuart of the Bahamas (6.34) were not among
the top 12 advancing.
Omar McLeod and (13.14) Hansle Parchment
(13.16) of Jamaica will face the starters in the
Men s 110 metres Hurdles, joining world record
holder American Aries Merritt and Sergey
Shubenkov of Russia in the final.
Leevan Sands of the Bahamas managed 10th
position in the Men s Triple Jump with a best
effort of 16.68m. American Christian Taylor
saved the best for last with a world leading 18.21
to snatch gold with Pedro Pichardo of Cuba
claiming the silver with 17.73 and Portugal s
Nelson Evora soared to 17.52 in his last jump to
deny American Omar Craddock of the bronze.
Three time Olympic medallist, Richard Tor-
pedo Thompson, has admitted that his deci-
sion to leave his longtime coach Dennis Schaf-
fer and the LSU (Louisiana State University)
team, was a difficult one.
Thompson announced last week that he would
be heading to Florida to join the Ato Boldon
camp in preparation for next year s Olympic
Games in Rio, Brazil.
Thompson said his inconsistent performances
within recent times forced him to make the
decision. "Everyone can watch and observe that
over the years I have had good moments, then
some indifferent moments. Recently has been
too inconsistent, like a roller coaster ride, so I
had to do something to change that," Thompson
said. He thanked Schaffer for all he had done.
"I have enjoyed and appreciated everything that
coach Schaffer and his team have done. This
has made me the successful athlete I am today,
but there comes a time when you have to change
because the programme was not improving me
especially with the Rio Olympics coming up
Thompson said once Boldon was available,
there was only one choice. "Ato and I have
always been close. I talk to him a lot, but I always
felt with all his international commitments and
his workload in sports commentating, he would
not have time. But I felt I needed his assistance
and I picked up the phone and called him and
asked him to coach me and he was extremely
enthusiastic about the opportunity. He said yes
and now I am looking for an apartment in Flori-
da."Thompson hopes to settle in Florida shortly.
Hopefully everything will be sorted out in a few
weeks and we are schedule to start working
together from October. We all know how detailed
Ato is. I feel that this personal one on one training
is what I need at this stage - some more indi-
vidual awareness, and encouragement,"
Thompson said he spoke with his family
about his choice and they all agreed. "It was
unanimous, everyone wants me to succeed, my
family and my parents are all behind me. My
team is excited because everyone respects Ato s
knowledge and the fact that he is well experi-
enced in the field."
Thompson is hoping the absence of T&T s
4 x 100 metres relay team here in Beijing will
act as a wake up call. "Hopefully we can use
this as a wake up call and know what is needed
going forward, whether it is physical or mental
to ensure we are in the right frame of mind."
Thompson warned that automatic qualifi-
cation for the relay team in Rio should not lead
to complacency. " We cannot stand back and
depend on this core group of veterans all the
time. We need to look and ensure the several
youngster out there are involved with some of
the experienced ones. The good news is that
Ato s involvement now with the women in the
relay can only help everyone."
Thompson said it was tough knowing the
World Championships was going on and he
could not be there. "I am hopeful that this
change to Florida will turn around my career.
I am optimistic.(AB)_"
fail in 200 semis
'Torpedo' says leaving coach for Ato was tough
T&T's Semoy Hackett lays on the track after a women's 200m semifinal at the World Athletics
Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, yesterday (AP PHOTO)
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Gatlin s response: "I want my
money back. He didn t complete
the job." Indeed, it may take
more than just a motivated
opponent to finish off Bolt, who
now has five gold medals at the
Bird s Nest, including the three
he took at the 2008 Beijing
Olympics when he set world
records in the 100, 200 and
The split-second scare with
the scooter provided what Bolt s
season-best 19.55 seconds on
the track did not. Namely,
This was billed as the second
round of the Bolt vs. Gatlin series
that produced the champion s
grittiest win four nights earlier.
Bolt s .01-second victory in
the 100 came despite a year s
worth of injuries and off-form
running that continued all the
way through the semifinals.
Like most sequels, Part II
didn t live up to the original.
Running out of Lane 6, Bolt got
off to a good start and worked
smoothly into the curve, making
up the lag to the runners to his
outside and gathering steam as
he headed into the turn.
Leading at the halfway point,
he opened a three-body-length
lead over Gatlin early in the
stretch, and the last 50 meters
were simply for showing off.
Bolt coasted in and still won
by .19 seconds.
The winner used his thumbs
to point at himself as he crossed
the finish line and flashed his
index finger: He s No. 1---just in
case anyone had any doubts.
"What I really celebrated was,
Justin Gatlin said earlier in the
week that he was going to bring
out something special for the
200 metres," Bolt said. "I was
like, You don t talk about my
200 metres like that. " Gatlin
came into world championships
dominating the sprints while
Bolt was stuck on the sideline.
The American was a favourite
in the 100 metres, and Bolt took
umbrage to the idea that Gatlin s
stumble over the last 15 metres
gave that race away. "Disrespect-
ful," Bolt called that notion. "I
came out here and got it done."
Once the 200-metre heats
began, Bolt started getting
stronger and Gatlin, by his own
admission, started feeling tired.
"I ve beaten him once before,
and I hope to do it again," Gatlin
said of a .01-second victory at
a meet in Rome in 2013.
"He s such a showman. You ve
got to give it to the guy for stay-
ing at the level he stays at. That s
hard to do."
who is boss
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