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Gold for Akeem at world
Akeem Stewart showed his
greatness once more,breaking his
own World record to claim gold in
the men's F44 javelin at the World
terday at London's Olympic Stadi-
um in England.
"I didn't think I would get a medal
in the javelin but I'm very, very hap-
py," said Stewart following the win.
"I didn't get it in Doha but now I am
a world champion and a world record
breaker. It is a dream come true."
It was the second medal of the Games
for T&T, added to the bronze bagged by
sprinter Nyoshia Cain in the women's
T44 100m final on Monday.
Stewart's amazing throw came on his
second attempt, launching the spear
and measured 57.61 metres, surpassing
the previous record held by him of 57.32
which he achieved in winning gold at
the Rio Paralympics last year.
"I definitely didn't expect a world
record, but I am a very competitive
guy so whatever the guy from Iceland
threw, I had to try to beat it," Stewart
The 25-year-old local field specialist
opened with a 54.68-throw and later
in his fourth try, reached 56.85, which
would have won the gold as well, as the
eventual silver medallist Helgi Sveins-
son of Iceland got a Championship re-
cord of 56.74.
Stewart's final throw reached 56.64
after which a tweet was posted by the
World Para Athletics saying: "He makes
it look so easy!"
Canadian Alister McQueen, who had
won silver at the Paralympics, achieved
a personalmilestonein throwing an area
record of 55.72 to seal the bronze medal.
"This is an event I only do as a side-
line. I was injured in the discus and
needed to do this to be able to do the
shot. That's my main event. I was just
giving this a go, really. I didn't expect
to win at all," said Stewart modestly.
He will be going his second medal
when he takes on the best the world
has to offer in the men's shot put F44
final on Sunday. The day before, Cain
tackles her final event, the women's
T44 200m dash hoping to reach the
final on Sunday as well.
T&T's wheelchair athlete Jabari
Knight, who resides in Watford, Eng-
land, also competed yesterday in his
second and final event at the Games
and he placed 16th overall in the men's
200 metres T54.
Racing in lane seven in the second
of two heats, the 28-year-old clocked
29.60 seconds to cross ninth in his
qualifying heat. Knight, who has par-
aplegia as the result of a gunshot, did
not progress to the final as only the first
three in each heat and the next two fast-
In his first race, the men's 100m T54,
he placed eighth in 17.16 and did not
advance to the final. He was 17th overall.
Condolences for family of young rugby star
The Trinidad and Tobago Rug-
by Football Union (TTRFU) has
extended condolences to the
family and friends of Jivon Al-
exander, the 19-year-old rugby
player who was shot and killed
on Friday in La Brea, south Trin-
Alexander was killed by a single
bullet to the chest at the Southern
Main Road home of his 19-year-old
childhood friend in what relatives
believe was an accidental shooting.
A rugby player with the Rainbow
Sports and Cultural Club for the past
three years, Alexander was said to
have high aspirations of making a
Trinidad and Tobago national team
in the future.
Acknowledging his potential
to one day do so, the TTRFU was
saddened by his untimely death and
in a statement yesterday said, "The
TTRFU extends its condolences to
the family, friends and members of
Rainbow Sports and Cultural Club.
We extend best wishes and God's
blessings to his family."
According to reports, Alexander
and his friend went to the Pitch Lake
to swim and then walked back to the
friend's house. Close family mem-
bers of Alexander say his friend was
allegedly showing Alexander the
gun, unaware that it was loaded, and
he accidentally pulled the trigger.
The friend, who contacted the
police after the shooting, is said to
be still assisting police with inves-
T&T wins U-17 championships
Trinidad and Tobago was
crowned back to back champions
of the CWI Regional U-17 cricket
tournament, after rain washed out
their final round clash against the
Leeward Islands at the National
Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain,
The Leewards batted first and posted
a competitive 214 all out in 47.3 overs.
This would have proven tricky for the
local team but the rain came down and
wash out the rest of the match, giving
both teams a point each. T&T actually
got 1.2 points from the match with the
0.2 representing bonus points which
took them to a final tally of 19.8.
Barbados and Windwards who
could have also taken the title, had
their respective clashes rained off as
well. Barbados game against Guyana
ended in a no-result which gave them
a final tally of 16.
The Windwards kept Jamaica to
186/7 of 48 overs in their game and
they too could have taken the title, had
they bowled out the Jamaicans in the
remaining two overs and go on to win
the match. However, rain appeared
and the game ended with each team
getting 1 point from the wash out. The
Windards finished third on 14.7.
Meanwhile in the TT game, the
Leewards got starts from many play-
ers which took them to their total of
214. top scoring was Demari Benta,
who stroked 47 from 60 balls with
seven fours. Openers Shaquan Pem-
berton and Uri Smith each got into
the twenties, giving the Leewards an
opening partnership of 48 in just nine
overs. Skipper Ulroy Francis chipped
in with a 30-ball 26.
Avinash Mahabirsingh continuedhis
fine form by taking three wickets for
48 runs. There were two wickets for
Nicholas Ali and Sameer Ali.
Coach of the national team David
Furlonge said he was happy with the
fact that the boys were able to get over
He said: "They came out today to
do the job and although the rain pre-
vented them from winning the clash,
they would have done enough in the
tournament to win the title. The boys
were focused throughout and played
good cricket and it showed."
FINAL ROUND SCORES
At the NCC: Leewards 214 all out (47.3
overs) (Demari Benta 47, Shaquan Pem-
berton 28, Uri Smith 27, Elroy Francis 26(
Avinash Mahabirsingh 3/48, Nicholas Ali
2/28 and Sameer Ali 2/41) vs T&T.
At Lara Academy: Jamaica 186/7
(48overs) vs Windwards.
At Gilbert Park: Guyana 149 all out vs
Tough opening day for Team TTO in Bahamas
T&T fighter XavierJones missed
out on a medal, placing fourth in
the boys-90 kilogram (kg) catego-
ry in the Judo competition on the
first day of the Commonwealth
Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas,
In his opening contest at the Sir
Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre,Jones
succumbed to a 11-0 defeat to Austral-
ia's Connor Anthony Smith and then
fell to Matthew Lish of England in his
second bout, 10-0.
Sixteen-year-old Jones rebounded
from his opening losses to beat Baha-
mian Keyon Cumberbatch before nar-
rowly falling to Louis Thomas Ge Saez
of Scotland, 1-0.
The round-robin competition saw
Lish remained unbeaten and emerged
with the gold medal. Silver went to
Smith, who had three wins and a loss
while the bronze was won by Saez (two
wins and two losses).
T&T's Luke Walker fought in the
boys-73 kg division and he ended the
competition win less. Walker was on
a bye in the preliminaries and moved
on to meet India's Soni in the quarter
Unfortunately, the local fighter went
under 10-0 resulting in him going to
Walker, 17, challenged Taliano Fer-
guson of Bahamas but was beaten,
10-0 in the preliminary round of the
Soni claimed the gold while Aus-
tralian Nikolic Uros took silver and
Matthew Elliot of Northern Ireland
and Englishman Lachlan Moorhead
got the bronze medals.
In the beach volleyball action at
the Sports Centre, T&T duo of Ebony
Williams and Tsyan Selvon was beaten
by Rwanda's Valentine Munezero and
Penelope Musabyimana, 2-1(17-21, 21-
16, 13-15) in Group C.
Today, the T&T pair will be hoping
to bounce back with a win against the
New Zealand team of Ella Margaret
Akkerman and Jasmine Tiaho Pe-
pi-Milton when they meet at 9.50 am.
The New Zealanders have already
recorded two victories over St Lucia,
2-0 (21-4, 21-5) and Rwanda by the
same 2-0 margin, winning the first
set 21-10 and second 21-19.
T&T also plays St Lucia (Tiah Ar-
nold and Tenayestlgni Joseph) this
afternoon at 1.40 pm
The local men's team of Dante Stew-
art and Devaughn Martin open their
account toady against Ghana at 9.50
am and later, Papua New Ginea from
Last night, Tyriq Horsford was to
lead T&T team as the flag bearer at
the opening ceremony.
Chef de Mission Rheeza Grant made
the announcement late yesterday that
triple Carifta gold medallist in the
Boy's Under-18 javelin in 2015, 2016
and this year, also breaking the record
each consecutive year, was to carry the
T&T flag and lead the local delegation
at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium.
Jerron Thompson - Men's 50m but-
terfly, 10.13 am, Men's 200m breast-
stroke, 11 am
Girls: T&T vs New Zealand, 9 am
Boys: T&T vs Ghana, 9.50 am
Girls: T&T vs St Lucia, 1.40 pm
Boys: T&T vs Papau New Guinea,
Girls: T&T vs Turks and Caicos, 4.15
Boys: T&T vs Antigua and Barbuda,
Session one: Tyron Thomas, 1 pm
Session two: Nickel Joseph, 6 pm
Jabari Waterman, 9 am
Tyler Cole, 10.30 am
Singles Boys/girls - Aidan Carter/
Emma Trestrail, 8 am
Mixed - Carter/Trestrail, 4 pm
Girls team, 9 am
T&t leg-spinner Sameer Ali in action against the Leewards at the National
Cricket Centre (NCC) yesterday. Ali took two wickets but the game still
ended in a no-result, handing the locals the title for the second straight
year. PHOTO: VINODE MAMCHAN
T&T's wheelchair athlete Jabari Knight, who resides in Watford, England,
competed yesterday in his second and final event at the Games.
PHOTO: MARK DAVIDSON
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