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It was not the start Akanni Hislop was
hoping for on debut at the IAAF World
Under-20 Championships, failing to
advance out of the 100 metres preliminary
round heats yesterday but the local sprinter
will have to put that behind him and focus
on his next event, the 200m set for tomor-
Hislop, running out of lane two in the
opening heat, clocked a tame 10.88 seconds,
well below his season's best of 10.49, to
finish fifth at the Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak
Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His time
placed him 32nd overall from 38 runners.
Only the top three from each heat plus the
next six fastest times qualified for the semi-
finals which is carded for today with the
final running off later.
American Noah Lyles eased to the quickest
time in the dash in 10.28 ahead of Italian
Filippo Tortu (10.29) and Brazil's Paulo Andre
de Oliveira (10.31).
Today though, all eyes will be on Khalifa
St Fort as she tackles the best junior sprinters
in the world in the 100m. The 18-year-old
local sprinter renews her rivalry with USA's
Candace Hill, who she followed to the line
in the same event at the world junior meet
in Cali, Colombia, last year.
St Fort, who is coached by four-time
Olympic medal winner Ato Boldon, will run
out of lane four in the opening heat from
6.35 am (TT time) while T&T's other sprinter
Jenea Spinks will be in lane nine of heat
three. St Fort is coming off a fourth place
finish at the National Championships with
a personal best of 11.16 while Spinks has a
personal best of 11.65.
They follow Kashief King and Jacob St
Clair, who will contest the men's 400m from
5.40 am. King will compete in lane nine of
heat four and St Clair will be in the sixth
and final heat, running out of lane six, hoping
to be among the top three or be among the
runners with the next six fastest times.
Chelsea James, the lone local athlete com-
peting in the field, was scheduled to compete
in the women's shot put qualification round,
aiming to get into the medal round. The
finalists will go for a podium spot from 12.35
James comes into the event with a personal
best of 14.85m but she will have to go hard
to match up against the likes of German
Alina Kenzel, who comes in with a season-
best 17.48. The other top performers this
season include USA's Alyssa Wilson (17.00),
Maria Fernanda Orozco of Mexico (16.92)
and Katharina Maisch also of Germany
Tomorrow on day three Hislop will be
back on the track in the men's 200m heats
from 5.30 am while Jeminise Parris will be
first in action on day four when she competes
in the 100m Hurdles from 6.35 pm (TT time
tomorrow) followed by St Fort in the 200m
heats 6 am on Friday, then the women's
4X100m relay from noon, where the final
four will come from St Fort, Spinks, Sarah
Wollaston, Akeera Esdelle and Parris.
KINGSTON---Debutant Rovman Powell
says the current HERO Caribbean Premier
League (CPL) is providing him with enough
opportunities to improve his game after
his batting performance which helped lift
Jamaica Tallawahs to the top of the stand-
Powell, 22, a relative unknown before the
CPL draft earlier this year, has shown
glimpses of potential with scores of 38, 35
and 44 while batting in the number four
position for the former champions.
His 35 from 24 balls helped Tallawahs
defeat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 108 on
the weekend while on Monday night, his 44
from 34 balls also set the mood for his team's
19 run win over Trinbago Knight Riders.
Tallawahs are now at the top of the stand-
ings on 11 points, one above Guyana Amazon
Warriors. "I have been given a few oppor-
tunities, which I have tried to take with both
hands," said Powell. "I am yet to get a telling
innings to let people know who is Rovman
Powell is, but I think it's a decent start. It's
just for me now to grow from strength to
Powell, a former Jamaican Under-19 player,
has led the University of The West Indies
to the final and semi-final of the national
one-day and two-day competitions.
He has also had scores of 71 and 63 in
the Nagico Super50 for the Combined Cam-
puses and Colleges in two seasons.
Both Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan batting
great Kumar Sangakkara have singled him
out as a player for the future.
"I have trained hard, have done the hard
work, and things are falling into place. So
for that I am grateful," said Powell, currently
a final-year student at UWI where he majors
"Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have also
sat down with me and have had some per-
sonal chats and have shown me the ropes
of how to perform at this level, while Kumar
Sangakarra, as a legend of our game, he is
more than just a player". CMC
ST JOHN'S---Batsman Ajinkya Rahane
believes run-scoring will be difficult on
Caribbean pitches and has urged his team-
mates to be disciplined and patient in the
four-Test series against West Indies which
bowls off here tomorrow.
The 28-year-old, who is on his first tour
of Caribbean, said being steady and pur-
poseful would count for more rather than
being aggressive and attempting to score
quickly. "We have talked about how to bat
on the slower tracks. Patience will be the
key here and it is not going to be easy to
score runs for the batsmen," he said.
"But if you focus and concentrate well,
once you get settled it will be very easy to
bat on. Even the bowlers have to bowl very
disciplined line and lengths here and be
patient here." He continued: "Once you get
set it is important to make each and every
session count, because we will have to give
time for our bowlers. It is not easy to take
20 wickets on these slower tracks.
"As a batting unit we will have to take
responsibility and I think one or two batsmen
will have to get set and score big here."
Rahane failed to get a score of significance
during the two tour-matches at Warner Park
in St Kitts recently, scoring 32 in the first
game and five in the other. However, several
of the tourists found form during the three-
day game against the WICB President's XI
which ended Saturday, with captain Virat
Kohli, Lokesh Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja all
getting half-centuries. Rahane said adjusting
to the conditions would be important if their
batsmen were to thrive. "You cut out certain
shots...but I don't think we will have to
change anything really," Rahane pointed out.
"We will have to cut out some shots ini-
tially, and after that when you get used to
the conditions, you will play your shots. But
initially it is important to give time." He
added: "If you are used to getting 100 off
150 balls, maybe here you will have to get
100 off 250 balls. So, as a batsman it is
important to play at least 200-plus balls
India face West Indies in the opening Test
at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium,
before clashing in the other contests at Sabina
Park in Jamaica, the Darren Sammy National
Stadium in St Lucia and Queen's Park Oval
in Trinidad. Rahane, who averages nearly
45 from 22 Tests, said they did not expect
any change in pitch conditions throughout
the series. "I think we will get similar tracks
but here [in Antigua] we will have to wait
until July 21 to see how the wicket finally
looks like," he noted.
"But in St. Kitts it was a really slow track,
a bit similar to Indian wickets and we are
preparing for slow tracks in the series. So
the two practice matches were really crucial
for us and this first game will give us momen-
best for sport
David Francis, assistant racing secretary at the
T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF) has said his deci-
sion to withdraw as manager of the cycling team
for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
was the simplest decision he has had to make.
Francis, the cycling federation's choice to travel
with a two-man team that included Elijah Greene
as the mechanic, was challenged for the position
when cyclist Njisane Phillip said he wanted Varun
Maharajh to go with his team as a soigneur.
Phillip noted Maharajh was his training partner
and helper who knew his needs as well as what
was needed to be done for him to perform at his
best on race days.
Francis, who stepped down on Saturday because
of the negative attention in the media, made it
clear there was a lot of work to do in the interest
of the sport which was why it was not hard for
him to withdraw as manager. "At the end of next
month the country will host the Junior Pan Amer-
ican Track Championship at the new Cycledrome
and we will need to focus on producing a good
show to the country, region and the world, so step-
ping down was not an issue and has never been
an issue," Francis explained.
He noted "It was a voluntary decision which I
told the president about before I did it."
He expressed concerns about the views by many
people inside and outside the cycling fraternity
who felt his selection on the team was a move for
him to get a trip to the Olympics. And in clearing
the air, Francis explained he has travelled with the
cyclist, in the capacity as a manager for three out
of the ten Olympic qualifying events.
"I went as a manager to Pan American Games
in Toronto, Canada, to the Elite Pan Am Cham-
pionship in Chile and also the Cycling World Cup
in Hong Kong, while the other events had different
managers," Francis explained.
Quizzed on his thoughts of the selection process,
Francis pointed out he was chosen based on a policy
decision of the TTCF and not in any adhoc manner.
Francis congratulated Njisane on being the lone
rider at Rio and extended best wishes during his
with easy win
BUDAPEST---Grenada s Kirani James remains
unbeaten this season after cruising to an easy win
in the 400 metres at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial
track meet in Hungary on Monday.
James, who is preparing to defend his title at the
summer Olympics in Brazil next month, won com-
fortably in 44.62 seconds. The Grenadian quarter
miler finished ahead of Tony McQuay of the United
States who clocked 45.08 while Steven Gardiner of
the Bahamas finished third in 45.28.
Also, in winning form was Jamaica's Veronica
Campbell-Brown who is approaching her fifth
Olympic appearance. VCB, a two-time Olympic
champion, won the 200metres in 22.52 seconds
ahead of the US pair of Shalonda Solomon and
Tiffany Townsend, who both finished in a time of
Meanwhile Jamaica's Asafa Powell has to settle
for second place after he was eclipsed by South
Africa's Akani Simbini in the 100 metres sprint.
Powell clocked 9.92 seconds to dip below ten
seconds for the 94th time in his career while Akani
set a new national record with his time of 9.89.
Mike Rodgers of the United States was third in 10.12,
just ahead of 40-year-old St Kitts and Nevis speed-
ster Kim Collins. CMC
Hislop fails to advance in Poland '100'
Powell growing from strength to strength
Rahane cautions Indian teammates
Run scoring will be 'difficult' in Test against Windies
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