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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 15, 2013
MOSCOW---Five Athletes from the English
Speaking Caribbean will contest finals on
the sixth day of the IAAF World Athletics
Jamaicans Kimberly Williams and Nickiesha
Wilson, T&T s Jehue Gordon, along with
Bahmian pair of Ryan Ingraham and Donald
Thomas, are those down for the medal
Gordon will contest the men s 400m hur-
dles final while Wilson will be in the women s
Williams, who qualified for today s triple
jump final by jumping 14.36 on her second
attempt on Tuesday, said she wants to get
on the podium.
"I don t want to come here and just com-
pete, I want to challenge for a medal, do all
best effort," she said.
"This is my first World Championships
final and I just need to continue to show
improvement," Williams added.
In the other final, set for the 11 am (T&T
time), Ingraham and Thomas, both Bahami-
ans, will contest the men s high jump final.
Thomas, who said he just wants to go out
there and represent his country well, believes
"once I go out there and perform to the best
of my ability, everything should be okay".
Also today, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will
start her quest for the women s sprint double
She will run in the fourth heat along with
T&T Kai Selvon.
Kineke Alexander of St Vincent and The
Grenadines, Jamaicans Anneisha McLaughlin
and Patricia Hall, Bahamians Anthonique
Strachan, Nivea Smith and Shaunae Miller
and Karene King of British Virgin Islands are
the other Caribbean women in the 200m.
Jamaica s Natoya Goule will make her debut
at this level, also in the morning session.
Meanwhile, in yesterday s scaled down day,
Jamaica s long jumper Demar Forbes, the
only Caribbean athlete in action, booked his
final round ticket.
Forbes soared 7.96 metres on his final
attempt of yesterday s qualifying round to
move into seventh place and earn his spot
in the final at Luzhniki Stadium.
Forbes, who graduated from LSU in May
with his degree in sport administration, will
enter his first world level tomorrow at 7.30
pm (11.30 am Eastern Caribbean time).
Forbes had a very successful season having
won the NCAA Outdoor title in 2013. (CMC)
MOSCOW---Sprint sensation Usain Bolt is
seeking to create more history by becoming
the first man to win three straight 200m
titles when the event begins at the IAAF
world Championships tomorrow.
The double World record holder is tied with
American Calvin Smith, who won back-to-
back titles in 1983 and 1987.
Smith and Bolt, the winner of the events
at the two previous World Championships in
Berlin and Daegu, are the only men to repeat
The Jamaican sprinter was scheduled to
continue preparation to defend his 200-metre
title following a rest day after winning his
second IAAF World Championships 100-metre
gold medal on Sunday.
He ran a season s best 9.77 seconds to win
the 100m in steady rain inside the Luzhniki
Stadium, beating American Justin Gatlin.
Bolt told journalists after Sunday s race that
his legs had felt sore after the semifinals and
as a result he had not pressed too hard in the
KINGSTON---South African fast
bowler Vernon Philander, whose
performances have been key to
Jamaica Tallawahs recent string
of victories in the Caribbean Pre-
mier League (CPL), says unity in
the squad is excellent and augurs
well for success.
Tallawahs opened the tourna-
ment with a loss to Guyana Ama-
zon Warriors in Georgetown, but
have rebounded in style to win
their three matches since.
Their impressive run has left
them third in the standings on six
points, and with a great chance
of booking their spot in the final
"The Jamaica camp has been
great. We ve got a great team and
we ve got a great bonding taking
place,"said Philander, who is play-
ing alongside fellow foreign pros
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah
Muralitharan and Pakistan bats-
man Ahmad Shahzad .
"We re playing as a team, enjoy-
ing each other s success and that s
obviously key in such a short tour-
nament. The boys are gelling well
and having fun".
Philander has been key to the
Tallawahs success, producing a
top spell in the second game
against Antigua to help set up that
victory, and has chipped in with
little cameo performances ever
since to make his presence felt.
The 28-year-old South African
said the Caribbean campaign has
been a top notch one so far.
"The quality of the tournament
is good, with the West Indies
international players being spread
over the teams that are here," said
Philander, the second fastest
bowler to 50 wickets in Test crick-
et, achieving the mark in just
"It s good that the younger
blokes can get some exposure and
to mix with some of the interna-
tional players and to get that expe-
rience in order to perform on the
So far, Philander has taken 89
wickets from 16 matches, proving
himself to be one of the most dif-
ficult seamers to handle on the
international scene. (CMC)
NORTH SOUND---Talented Barbadian
allrounder Carlos Brathwaite says he is
almost 100 per cent fit after recovering
from a heart-breaking knee injury which
put him out of action for several months.
The 25-year-old seamer and powerful
right-handed batsman has his sights set
on impressing again and using the Limacol
CPL as the springboard.
had surgery in February and rehab went
well and I was out for three months or
so," Brathwaite said.
"Since then, I ve made my return to
the local circuit playing for the University
of West Indies, playing three or four games
in the three-day First Division and the
In the Limacol CPL draft back in June,
Brathwaite was selected alongside the
likes of Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel,
Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Dwayne
Smith and Jason Holder, all of whom have
already represented West Indies.
Tridents is led by global T20 superstar
Kieron Pollard and includes overseas play-
ers Shoaib Malik, Shakib al Hasan and
Coming off injury, Brathwaite said per-
forming again would require a huge mental
effort on his part, especially since he was
lining up alongside some of the world s
best players in the Limacol CPL.
"Unfortunately I had two injuries in
two years coming off a good Caribbean
T20 tournament but at the end of the
day it is easy to look back and be
depressed but it is better to look forward
and press on," he explained.
"At the end of the day I still have things
to go out there and do, I have goals in
mind and it is important now for me to
put those things behind me and press on
towards my goals."
Brathwaite missed out on selection as
Tridents won their first four games to
romp into the semifinals of the inaugural
Limacol CPL. His debut game on Sunday
coincided with the Tridents first loss, a
27-run defeat to Guyana Amazon War-
His two overs cost 18 runs and he blast-
ed 18 from 14 balls as Tridents slipped
towards defeat in pursuit of 150 for vic-
"It s always good to share dressing
rooms and share knowledge with talented
all-rounders," said Brathwaite who only
two years ago was fulfilling his boyhood
dreams of playing international cricket
when he made his limited overs debut for
West Indies against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
"It is a case where you have seven or
eight guys who enjoy each other s com-
pany, mixing at the same time with proven
international stars as well," Brathwaite
The Limacol CPL bowled off in Bar-
bados on 30th July with a spectacular
opening ceremony at Kensington Oval,
and will wind up at Queen s Park Oval
in T&T, on 24 August with the final
SA seamer links unity in Tallawahs to rebound
Bolt seeking to create history in Moscow
Five Caribbean athletes
to contest finals today
right, crosses the
finish line ahead
left, to win gold in
the women's 100-
meter final at the
Pryce begins her
quest for a sprint
double in the 200
today. AP PHOTO
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