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PLENTY AT TWENTY
Khalifa St Fort s dream of winning dou-
ble gold for T&T at the Carifta Games in
Grenada were dashed, as she picked up
an injury during warm-ups yesterday
ahead of the girls Under-20 200-metre
heats which forced her coach Ato Boldon
to pull her out of the meet.
St Fort was one of the favourites to win
the girls U-20 200m event, but a hip injury
ended her goal.
Following his decision, Boldon said on
twitter: "In warm-ups this morning (Sun-
day) Khalifa s hip pain became severe, and
I ve made the decision to pull her. Her
Carifta 2016 is over."
St Fort won gold in the girls U-20 100m
event on Saturday in 11.40 seconds ahead
of Jamaican Patrice Moody (11.68) and
Brianne Bethel of Bahamas (11.75).
St Fort was also expected to be an
instrumental figure in the girls U-20
4x100m relay event yesterday.
Akanni Hislop of T&T will be aiming
to win the boys U-20 200m final today
after qualifying with the fastest time yes-
terday in the heats.
Hislop, who won gold in the boys U-
18 200m event last year, won heat three
in 21.01. The second fastest qualifier was
Samson Colebrooke of Bahamas in 21.28.
Joanna Rogers and Kershel McIntyre
both qualified for today s final of the girls
U-18 800m event.
Rogers qualified with the sixth fastest
time of two minutes, 19.52 seconds (2:19.52)
while McIntyre was seventh fastest in
Cheziah Phillip and Jeminise Parris both
missed out on medals in the 400m hurdles.
In the girls U-18 400m hurdles final Phillip
was fifth in 1:09.10, a race that included
just five athletes. In the girls U-20 400m
four-athlete final Parris was fourth in
Up to press time yesterday T&T athletes
were competing in long jump, discus and
shot put finals.
T&T won six medals on Saturday s
opening day---two gold, one silver and
three bronze. The Carifta Games will con-
Former Soca Warriors and current
ESPNFC.COM sports analyst Neil "Shaka" His-
lop believes the current national team has
enough talent and the perfect coach in Stephen
Hart to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in
T&T currently leads the four team Concacaf
semifinal round group with seven points from
three matches, one ahead of Guatemala while
USA is third with four points and St Vincent and
The Grenadines, bottom of the table without a
point. The Soca Warriors got a second-half double
from 18-year-old Holland-based debutant, Levi
Garcia to defeat St Vincent and The Grenadines,
3-2 on Friday at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex,
Speaking on the ESPNFC programme, Hislop
said while the win was not pretty, it was impor-
tant: "It was a job well done in that they got the
three points even though it was a scrappy affair.
It was a very disappointing display when you
consider Guatemala beating St Vincent and The
Grenadines 4-0 at the same venue, and how we
made hard work of it."
Despite the below par showing from the Ken-
wyne Jones-captained Soca Warriors who defeated
Guatemala 2-1 in their first match and then drew
0-0 with USA at home, Hislop said he fancied
the team s chances of advancing to the next phase
"T&T got a good result on Friday and now
have to face the same team at home on Tuesday.
Another win will put T&T on ten points and just
about through to the next stage with a match at
home to Guatemala and USA still to play,"
explained Hislop. He said he saw room for
improvement even though they scored three goals
on the road.
"This team has to improve because I think the
team has the talent and coach to qualify for the
next World Cup in Russia.
At the end of the round-robin phase the top
two teams in the pool will advance to the six-
team Concacaf Final Round qualifiers from which
three teams will qualify automatically to Russia,
and the fourth placed team to a continental play-
off for another spot.
National Under-14 and U-18 tennis players
will match their skills against the world s top
junior players when the main draw of the Blink
Bmobile ITF/COTECC T&T Junior Circuit
begins today, from 9 am at the Trinidad Country
Club in Maraval.
National boys U-14 players Aidan Carter, Adam
Ramkissoon and Samuel West all qualified for
the main draw after excelling in the round robin
qualifying stage of the tournament over the week-
Other players from T&T to qualify for the
main draw include Ebolum Nwokolo, Ethan Jeary
and Levi Hinkson. Among girls, the national U-
14 trio of Solange Skeene, Yin Lee Assang and
Victoria Koylass qualified for the main draw along
with Kryshelle Cudjoe.
In the U-18 segment at Nelson Mandela Park
in St Clair, none of the T&T players who com-
peted in the qualifying stage of the tournament
earned a spot in the main draw. Five T&T athletes
will compete in the main draw after being selected
as wildcards. The girls quartet of Emma Rose
Trestrail, Emma Davis, Anya King and Jade Tom
Yew were chosen, while Jaydon Alexis will be
T&T s lone representative in the boys U-18 cat-
egory. The U-14 competition will run until Thurs-
day, while the U-18 tournament will conclude
T&T Soca Warriors coach Stephen
Hart says he wants another victory
against St Vincent and The Grenadines
in tomorrow s FIFA World Cup Concacaf
Semifinal Round qualifier at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 7pm.
Hart and the T&T squad returned to
training at the Mucurapo venue with two
sessions yesterday in preparation for the
match which comes four days after the
Soca Warriors defeated St Vincent and
The Grenadines at the Arnos Vale Ground,
T&T now leads the four-team table
with seven points from three matches,
ahead of Guatemala (six points) and United
States (four points) with the Vincentians
pointless. Hart reiterated his call for skipper
Kenwyne Jones and his men must to col-
lect full points again.
"We ve sort of finished thinking about
Friday and the focus moves to Tuesday s
game and getting three points.
"We spoke about the game and the
players realise that it wasn t one of our
better performances but we accept that
the result was the most important thing,"
"And now when you look at the other
result with Guatemala and the USA, it
sort of throws the group wide open. We
don t want to look ahead too far but we
know that as a team we have to stay
focused and ensure that we keep improving
in every aspect," he added.
In summing up the team s situation,
Jones said his team will look to raise its
"It was one of those games when we
were not at our best. We had to depend
a bit on individual brilliance. I don t think
the team was at any point in danger in
not winning the game. But I think we
were just off the pace mentally. I don t
think we will be having that problems in
"It was our hurdle which we had to
cross and we crossed it and now we are
looking to play at home and get back that
style and identity that we had."
Commenting on the debut performance
of 18-year-old Levi Garcia, Jones said:
"He did well. I don t want the public to
put too much pressure on him. He is being
well coached and I am happy for the start
that he had and hopefully he can go on
and become a very integral part of the
team. He still has a lot to learn and I do
hope he takes those lessons well and go
on and fulfill his potential."
St Fort injured out of Carifta
GIRLS 400M HURDLES U-18 FINALS
1 Salmon, Shiann---Jamaica---59.50
2 Walker, Sanique---Jamaica---59.60
3 Gibson, Gabrielle---Bahamas---1:01.16
4 Thomas, Jonair---Grenada---1:05.28
5 Phillip, Cheziah---T&T---1:09.10
GIRLS 400M HURDLES U-20 FINALS
1 Kalawan, Shannon---Jamaica---56.29
2 Warner, Lakeisha---BVI---58.14
3 Foster, Nicolee---Jamaica---58.34
4 Parris, Jeminise---T&T---1:02.29
Hart wants another three points
Girls at the
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with its superb
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aired live daily.
Top Under-14 juniors
qualify for main draw
Hislop says Warriors have
talent to reach Russia
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