Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 12, 2016
ANDRE E BAPTISTE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thank God it s Fri-
day is not only popular
in Trinidad and Toba-
go because it is the end
of the working week,
but rather it is a day when most will leave
their respective offices to go out and relax.
However, for T&T at the 2016 Rio
Olympics, today promises a lot with the
start of both the athletics programme as
well as action for our lone cyclist Njisane
Phillips. Add to that Felice Aisha Chow in
the single skulls contest C-semifinals at 12
noon (TT time) and Andrew Lewis returns
to the water.
First up will be the experienced shot putter
Cleopatra Borel who will be in action from
9.05 am (TT time) in Group A, which also
includes Olympic champion Valerie Adams.
In 2012, Borel just missed a place in the final,
only to learn after that one of the athletes
who qualified ahead of her tested positive
for drugs and was disqualified.
This time, Borel is leaving nothing to
chance. She has been training over the last
12 months with Adams who spent some
time in Trinidad with her. "So far training
has been going well. As is to be expected,
there were both good and bad days. I smile
after the good ones and cry after the bad.
I have done all that I can. My coach Ismael
Lopez Mastrapa and physiotherapist Abdel
Murguia Miranda have done their best to
prepare me for the task ahead, " said Borel
"The Olympic Committee provided excel-
lent support in the pre - Olympic camp and
now that we are in the village, I am going
to go out there tomorrow and fight to rep-
resent T&T to the best of my ability," added
a resilient Borel.
The men s 400 metres runners will also
be in action in the heats from 8.05pm (TT
time) with Machel Cedenio (Heat 1, Lane
2), La Londe Gordon (Heat 4, Lane 5) and
Deon Lendore (Heat 5, Lane 5) in action
Also in the 400 metres will be defending
champion, Grenadian Kirani James in Heat
6 running from Lane 6.
At 9.40 pm, the women will be in action
in the 100 metres heats where Michele Lee
Ahye, Semoy Hackett and Kelly Ann Bap-
tiste will get their first taste of competi-
Manager of the track and field contingent
George Commissiong said yesterday.
"Preparations are going well. The athletes
have been training regularly under the
supervision of the coaches. Some have per-
sonal coaches as well."
Commissiong identified some specifics
without going into detail. "There are the
usual medical issues resulting from training
and competing at this level but where they
arise, they are being handled by our medical
"Also, we had staggered arrivals into the
Pre Camp and not all the relay legs were
available for the full duration. Nonetheless,
we were able to get in two sessions of relay
work with each of the relay teams before
coming into Rio," he added.
Phillips who was fourth in the 2012 Lon-
don Olympics in the match sprint, appears
positive ahead of his first qualifier at 3pm
He remains very focussed and would only
say: "Hello Trinidad and Tobago, I just want
to say thank you for the prayers and support.
I really appreciate it and I look forward to
representing with pride. Continue to pray
for us as we put everything on the line to
represent Trinidad and Tobago."
Also returning to action after yesterday s
rest day is sailor Andrew Lewis who will
continue in the laser class with Races 7 (
12.15pm TT time) and Race 8 (1.40pm TT
The Daren Sammy cricket ground was
built in the driest part of St. Lucia but that
did not stop the elements yesterday, as it
came down to washout the entire third
day s play of the Seagrams Test series
between the West Indies and India.
Cricket in this country used to be played
at the Mindoo Phillip Park in March and
which is located in a rain belt, so the gov-
ernment decided to build a new ground at
Gros Islet which is considered to be the
driest part of the Island.
However, Gros Islet was not spared by
the Tropical Wave and rain started falling
here since midnight on Wednesday. It con-
tinued up until around 8am and then
stopped for the while.
When play ended on Wednesday the West
Indies were 107 for one, replying to India s
first innings effort of 353 all out. The not
out batsmen were Kraigg Brathwaite 53 and
Darren Bravo 18.
The umpires inspected the outfield early
in the day and at one point the covers were
removed. The rain came back soon after
and another inspection was scheduled for
2pm. The rain was consistent without com-
ing down rapidly during the day, enough
for the umpires to officially call off play for
the day at 2pm.
Only officials of both teams showed up
at the ground, as the players were allowed
to stay indoors at the team s hotel for rest
and relaxation. The weather prediction is
for more rain today, which is not good news
for both teams because the match is nicely
poised. West Indies fought back on day two
to bowl out India for 353 and replied strongly
at 107/1 at the close (VM).
The athletics events get under way today at
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while there will
also be action in cycling and rowing.
Gymnast SIMONE BILES. The 19-year-old Amer-
ican soared to the all-around title putting the gap
between herself and the rest of the world on full dis-
play. Her total of 62.198 was well clear of silver
medalist and "Final Five" teammate Aly Raisman
and Russian bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina.
The Big deal
Officials exploded a backpack found inside the
Olympic basketball arena while Spain and Nigeria
started their men's game in the nearly entirely
A statement from the Rio Olympic Committee
said the backpack was found near a trash container
in the bathroom on the top floor. Ticket holders were
prevented from entering Carioca Arena 1 because
the bag was next to a spectator passageway.
The controlled explosion under the guidance of
the Federal Police and the Army reverberated with a
boom that jarred Spain centre Pau Gasol as he was
about to take the court.
Officials say the backpack contained a tablet, a
pair of socks and a jacket.
Inspectors allowed the game to start on time, and
for volunteers and the media to remain in the build-
ing. Spectators were allowed to enter in the first
of The Day
"I try not to think
too much about the
history of anything.
It's all just about doing
my best every time."
Katie Ledecky, US swimmer who has already won
three gold medals.
Things That matter
SICK SAILOR: A Belgian woman who won a
bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics has become sick
after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay, the first
sailor to fall ill from the waters that were heavily
scrutinized leading to the Rio Games. Evi Van Acker
reported feeling sick after Wednesday's races . Her
poor performances have put her at risk of missing
out on a medal in the Laser Radial class. Her coach
said he believes Van Acker contracted a severe in-
testinal infection while training in Rio in July that
sapped her energy.
Top 10 Medallists
G S BTotal
1 United States
5 Republic of Korea
7 Russian Fed
8 Great Britain
Promising day looms for T&T
Rain thwarts Windies against India
(Continues from Page A56)
But for T&T s only swimmer to have won
an Olympic medal, Bovell, who won the
bronze in the 200 metres individual
medley in Athens 2004, the grind and
hard work of the past year, may be taking
its toll. "I think I did everything that I
possibly could have done. Everybody s
career is different, so I guess I am getting
up there in age and this was a lot of hard
Unfortunately I don t think it paid off."
Asked about coaching in the future, he
would only say: "I have not thought about
it. As for life without swimming, I will have
to reinvent myself, a whole new chapter, a
whole new adventure."
However, Bovell is happy with the future
of the sport. "We have a bright future, a
great new aquatic centre is going to bring
in a lot of newcomers and as more have
access to the sport, I can see what is hap-
pening in track and field being expressed
Bovell was quick to name Dylan Carter
as one for the future. Carter won his heat
in the 100-metres freestyle on Tuesday but
although his 48.80 was a national record,
it was not good enough to put him into the
second rounds. "I am very proud of him.
I was hoping he would make the semifinal.
He is very young and has improvement but
will gain a medal in Tokyo if he stays with
it. I know his spirit is strong and he is feeling
Bovell, his eyes bright and his mind look-
ing towards the future said: "I feel like I
definitely had to recognise that the law of
diminishing returns kicked in this year, and
that is the way it goes sometimes. You can
keep training yourself as hard as you can
when you are 24 and 25, you can recover
fast. I don t think you really get old, I think,
to a certain extent, swimming gets old."
And just as the interview was over, Bovell
called the media back. "I want the people
back there (home in Trinidad and Tobago)
to know that I would have loved to be in
the final and to be on the podium very much
for Trinidad and Tobago, but at the end of
the day, it s a good thrill. As I look back,
I ask myself: did you have a good time? Did
it enhance my life? Yes, and I am very grate-
ful for it. Thank you all very much, Trinidad
'I will have to reinvent myself'
...will be in action
from 9.05am today.
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