Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2017 Contents ANDRE E BAPTISTE
From London, England
T&T's brightest medal prospect
after five days of action at the 2017
IAAF World Championship, Jereem
Richards mesmerised all after he won
the second Men's 200 metres semi-fi-
nal race with some audacious run-
ning, to comprehensively dominate
his challengers and post an impres-
sive time of 20.14, the second fastest
of the three races on a very cold the
evening at the Olympic Stadium in
London, England yesterday.
The 23-year-old was elated after his
qualification to today's final and dis-
played that to Guardian Media Sport. He
said: "I am just glad that I could come out
here and execute my race as my coach
instructed me off the bend and in the
straight, I stayed focused and thankful
to God, that I made it to the final. So now
I am not only a World Championships
finalist, but I have the opportunity to
get a medal."
He added: "I am not putting any pres-
sure on myself, I am still young and have
to just stay focus on my race. I was able
to shut it down early here, and now just
go out there and do my best and make
"It would be a nice gift for my country,
if I could get the gold medal for our In-
dependence Andre, but I also just want
to say thanks to that all my family for
their support that has been wonderful,
and especially the people of Point Fortin,
a real sporting city."
Richards, who ran from Lane 5 with Ja-
maica's Yohan Blake, a pre-race favourite
to his right, pulled away from the field
with 75 metres to go and in the final 25
metres he coasted to the finish-line with
Blake struggling. Blake, who ran on the
world stage in the shadown of his com-
patriot Usain Bolt, who withdrew from
the event and surrendered his 200 metres
title, failed to qualify for the finals.
"I'm just going out there to win and
once I execute the race. I think I can be
victorious, I am not worried about time,
Tomorrow this is for the people of T&T.
I am keeping focus," he explained.
Meanwhile, Richards compatriot Kyle
Greaux, who ran in the first semis re-
turned a time of 20.65 and finished
eighth. The race was won by USA's Isaiah
Young in 20.12, the fastest time of the
three semi-final races, while Wade Van
Niekerk could only finish third (20.28) in
his semi-final and Isaac Makwala second
in 20.14, as both advanced to final which
will be run today.
T&T's top field athlete Keshorn Walcott
will open his javelin medal quest today.
guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 10, 2017
CPL 2017 GLANCE
Today: (No games)
n Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors,
n Trinbago Knight Riders bt St Lucia Stars by four wickets.
n MoM (TKR) Shadab Khan 30 of 33 balls.
n Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents, Oval, 9pm
In-form Blackwood eager to get going in Test series
CANTERBURY, England---With two
half-centuries in four innings on tour,
in-form stroke-maker Jermaine Black-
wood says he feels in great touch as he
gears up for the opening Test against
England later this month.
The right-hander struck exactly 50 on
Sunday's opening day of the three-tour
match against Kent here, following up his
59 against Essex in the first tour game at
"[I'm] feeling pretty good, feeling 100 per
cent, feeling ready to go," the Jamaican said.
"I think all the boys are ready. We have
been training pretty hard and everybody is
excited about the first Test match."
He added: "[It's] my first time to England,
first time playing here. Different conditions
but learning as the days go by. [I'm] putting
in a lot of work with the coaches [and] getting
used to the conditions."
Blackwood lost his place in the Test squad
recently, failing to find favour in the recent
three-Test home series against Pakistan.
However, he opened the current tour with
an attacking half-century against Essex and
followed up with another handsome effort
against Kent, though the innings was a pa-
tient one requiring some graft.
The 25-year-old said conditions last
weekend had demanded he make adjust-
ments to his usually aggressive approach.
"[Last Sunday] was a perfect example. The
ball was swinging around so I knew I had to
trust my defence and just play each ball on
its merit," Blackwood explained.
"The pitch had in a lot of moisture so the
ball wasn't coming through like at Essex so
you had to wait a little more longer, you had
to play the ball right under your eyes. I just
have to spend a little more time out there
in the middle."
It was his 70-run fifth wicket stand with
Shai Hope in challenging conditions which
pulled West Indies around from 78 for four
on the first morning.
Hope top-scored with 57 to also extend
his healthy form on tour that has already
brought him 155 runs from four innings, and
Blackwood praised his junior teammate on
"Shai was batting good. He was giving me
some good advice when I first came out to
bat," Blackwood said.
"At the time when I went out there we had
just lost a wicket and I just told Shai we need
to build a partnership and once we can get a
partnership together, we know the runs are
going to come."
West Indies face Derbyshire in their third
three-day tour match starting tomorrow.
The day/night affair will be in preparation
for the first Test at Edgbaston beginning
August 17, which will be the inaugural 'pink
ball' Test in England. CMC
Richards eyes medal
Njisane excited by
Former T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF) high
performance manager and coach, Erin Hartwell
is set to return to the local cycling scene in a
top-ranking position within the Sport Company
of T&T (SPORTT) soon.
Hartwell's previous stint with the TTCF was ter-
minated by SPORTT, six months into a two-year
contract back in 2010. The former USA cyclist and
two-time Olympic medallist subsequently took the
local federation and SPORTT to court for wrongful
dismissal, and a source familiar with the matter, which
went on for more than five years, told Guardian Me-
dia Sports yesterday that there was an out-of-court
settlement reached in June of this year. Part of the
resolution involved Hartwell, who has been Canada's
head sprints coach since 2014, returning to the local
cycling set up.
The details of the agreement amongst all parties
for Hartwell's return is thought to be in the closing
stages and expected to be announced well before T&T
hosts the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Cham-
pionships at the National Cycling Centre in Couva
from August 30 to September 3.
Top local rider, Njisane Phillip, who is currently
preparing to represent T&T at the Pan Am Champi-
onship said the pending appointment is welcomed
news for him and for several young and upcoming
cyclists who are set to benefit from Hartwell's ex-
perience and expertise.
"I think its a good thing for Trinidad and Tobago,
we've seen how successful he has been with bringing
the Canadians up in the world rankings and he can
definitely to the same for Trinidad and Tobago, just
based on the talent that we have. We're definitely
heading in a good direction right now and I'm just
excited for him to get down here and get started."
Phillip also applauded the timing of the pending
appointment, stating that with T&T's new world
class cycling facility now operational, preparations
for the 2020 Japan Olympic Games in three years can
The 2012 and 2016 Olympian said: "That's exactly
what we need. I've been able to learn a lot in the sport
outside of Trinidad and Tobago but now, having a
such a great coach in Trinidad and Tobago and in the
Caribbean is a big thing and along with that facility
in Couva, its definitely going to change things."
Former TTCF high performance manager, Erin
Japan's Shota Iizuka, United States' Isiah Young, T&T's Kyle Greaux, Britain's Nethaneel
Mitchell-Blake, South Africa's Akani Simbine and Italy's Filippo Tortu compete in a Men's
200m semifinal during the World Athletics Championships in London yesterday. AP PHOTO
West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood
... looking to extend his form in the Test
series. PHOTO: CMC
Men's 200m Finals & Lane assignment
2. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (GBR)
3. Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA)
4. Isiah Young (USA)
5. Ramil Guliyev (TUR)
6. Isaac Makwala (BOT)
7. Jareem Richards (T&T)
8. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (JPN)
9. Ameer Webb (USA)
Men's 200m semi-final 2 Result
1. Jareem Richards (T&T) 20.14
2. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (JPN) 20.43
3. Yohan Blake (Jam) 20.52
4. Sydney Sime (Zam) 20.54
5. Kyree King (USA) 20.59
6. Jan Volko (SVK) 20.61
7. Zharnel Hughes (GBR) 20.85
8. Alex Wilson (SUI) 21.22
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