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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 7, 2013
The name of recently crowned world
champion gold medalist Jehue Gordon was
once again on the tongues of the T&T track
faithful when he clocked 48.32 seconds in
a gold medal performance in the 400
metres hurdles event, at the Belgacom Van
Damme Memorial IAAF Diamond League,
in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday.
Gordon was 0.63 seconds short of his
personal best, but it was enough to see him
edge Cuba's Omar Cisneros, who placed
second in 48.59 seconds, while Puerto Rico's
Javier Culson took bronze in 48.60 seconds.
It was Gordon's first event since partic-
ipating at the IAAF World Championships
in Moscow, Russia, where his 47.69 seconds,
was the best run in the world in that event.
He edged American Michael Tinsley, who
took the opportunity to clock his personal
best in 47.70 seconds, while Serbian Emir
Bekric was third in 48.05 seconds.
Meanwhile, T&T's Keston Bledman placed
eighth in the men's 100m which was won
by Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, who
wrapped up another impressive year at the
season-ending meet with victory in 9.80.
The 27-year-old led four others through
the line in sub-10 times at the Roi Baudouin
Stadium in the Belgian capital.
American Michael Rodgers claimed second
in a season's best of 9.90, with Jamaica's
Nesta Carter nipping world silver medallist
Justin Gatlin for third after both were clocked
at 9.94, Bolt's training partner Kemar Bai-
ley-Cole timing 9.98.
Bolt was out of the blocks in lane five just
slower than Gatlin outside him, but kept his
head and shoulders low as he drove into the
After the 50 metre mark, Bolt pushed his
huge frame into top gear, head coming up
and going for broke, moving quickly past
Gatlin and casting a brief glance across the
field as Rodgers produced a great final 30
metres to get second from lane eight
American Justin Gatlin, was also credited
with a 9.94 clocking, but finished fourth.
Bledman finished in time of 10.19.
Also, Jamaican sprinter Warren Weir has
won this season's Diamond League 200-
metre title and the US$40,000 first prize.
The Olympic and World Championship
silver medallist confirmed his victory by
winning the men's 200m.
Weir clocked 19.87 seconds to cross the
line ahead of his Jamaican teammate Nickel
Ashmeade, who recorded a season-best 19.93
American Walter Dix was third in 20.12,
also a season-best.
Rasheed Dwyer, the other Jamaican in the
line up, clocked 20.40 for sixth place.
Meantime, Jamaica's sprint queen Shelly-
Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked a sizzling 10.72
seconds to smash the meet record and win
the women's 100-metre.
The Moscow World Championships triple
gold medallist finished well clear of American
Alexandria Anderson who was second in
With the victory, Fraser-Pryce has added
the 100m Diamond League title to her 200m
title won last month.
Fraser-Pryce gets US$40,000 for each
The other two Jamaicans Carrie Russell
and Kerron Stewart finished third and fourth,
Russell clocked 10.99 and Stewart 11.19.
Gordon, who ranked second in the Dia-
mond League standings with 12 points,
behind Culson (15 pints), is expected to return
home tomorrow where a reception will host-
ed by the Ministry of Sport and the Sports
Company of T&T at the Port of Spain Ball-
room, Hyatt Regency Trinidad at 6 pm.
Gordon grabs 400 gold in Brussels
South Zone Coca-Cola InterCol Cham-
pion, Shiva Boys was held to a 1-1 draw
against St Benedict s College, while reign-
ing league champion Presentation College
San Fernando got off to a perfect start in
a 2-0 win over Naparima College, as the
BGTT/ First Citizens Secondary Schools
Football League kicked off in four zones,
Playing at Skinner Park, San Fernando,
in the first match of a double-header, St
Benedict's scored immediately after its oppo-
nent to hold last season's surprise package,
Shiva, as both teams settled for a share
spoils, just before Presentation College,
which won all of its league fixtures last sea-
son, carried its impressive form into the
new season with a commanding 2-0 victory
over its traditional rival.
For Presentation College, Angel Williams
and last season's league top scorer Shackiel
Henry (67th) netted within a minute of each
other to ease past Naps.
In the East Zone, InterCol finalist St
Augustine College scored in either half to
blast El Dorado East 2-0. National Under-
17 midfielder Akim Andrews opened in the
11th minute, before Jordan Devonish closed
with a goal in the 81st minute.
Presentation College Chaguanas recorded
a 4-2 victory over newly-promoted Vishnu
Boys Secondary in the Central Zone. Vishnu
once held a lead after responding to Pres'
Raheem Collins' opening goal in the fourth
minute, through Navindra Joseph (11th) and
Kevon Ramdhanie (16th), but controlled the
remaining of the encounter to take a com-
fortable win. Paul Reyes equalised for Pres-
entation in the 36th, before a spot kick from
Perrel Roberts (47th) and a late item from
(Sijnand Skinner) gave the College the simple
win in the end.
The second match between Chaguanas
North and Couva West failed to kick off
due to the latter's inability to field a team.
The SSFL has give Couva West until
Tuesday to announce a team before it faces
In Tobago, Speyside High defeated Signal
Hill Secondary 2-0 in the opening match
of the Tobago zone at Shaw Park Recreation
Ground. Weah Adams got the first goal for
Speyside in the 60th minute before Brandon
Benjamin doubled the tally in the 85th
Later, defending champion Scarborough
Secondary got past Mason Hall Secondary
2-0 in the second match of the double-
header. Taffarel Joseph and Jase George were
on the scoresheet.
The matches were played after the a short
opening ceremony where THA Assistant
Secretary in the Division of Education, Youth
Affairs and Sports Jomo Pitt announced
that an all-star team will be selected at the
end of the season and will travel to Barbados.
Pitt explained that the all-star team selection
is an incentive for the players.
T&T s senior footballers will look forward
to their 11th international match of the year
when they face off with host nation Saudi Ara-
bia in the third place playoff at the OSN Cup
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday.
T&T have played six friendly internationals
for the year and is likely to have at least two
further matches before the close of 2013. The
figure is considerably good considering the lack
of quality matches for the Soca Warriors for the
past six years. T&T has not had the luxury of
playing more than ten games per year outside
of World Cup qualifying matches of Caribbean
Cup encounters in recent years.
"It's important for us to have as many games
that we possibly can," TTFA president Raymond
Tim Kee said on the eve of his arrival in Riyadh
to witness T&T's match against Saudi Arabia.
"This is all in preparation for our 2018 cam-
paign but what it does is provide our players
with an opportunity to gain as much experience
as possible and we are able to develop or build
new relationships with countries within and
outside of the Concacaf region.
"I was particularly impressed with the way
the team came from three goals down to level
the score. That kind of drive and determination
is what we are trying to develop. Of course we
want to win games but we have to start by play-
ing as regularly as we can, once we can afford
to engage in these outings."
Some members of the T&T squad travelled
for close to 30 hours before arriving in Riyadh,
just over a day before the match against United
Arab Emirates which T&T lost 7-6 on penalty
kicks after rallying to come back from three
goals to level it in the final minute on Thursday.
Head coach Stephen Hart believes the experience
will add some character to the T&T squad which
will face Saudi Arabia for the fourth time ever
after the homeside lost 1-0 to New Zealand on
"It's all part of the experience of developing
yourself as a player for international football,
part of the total development of a national team.
We knew it was going to be difficult but we are
prepared to do more than just sitting at home
and playing games against Caribbean opponents
or other teams from the region. This is the jour-
future World Cup qualifications or proper rep-
resentation on the international stage," he added.
T&T forward Willis Plaza, meanwhile, said
he was not prepared to simply fly off to Riyadh
without making a worthy contribution to the
"I was missing out on the recent games. I
didn't make the Gold Cup trip but coming to
the middle east to play was important for me
because it was an opportunity to do something
and to play under the new head coach," said
"Even before he told me to warm up, I knew
I wanted to go on and make a contribution.
When the ball came over from Lester (Peltier),
all I could see was goal and I put the ball exactly
where I wanted it to go."
"I think we will be ready for the next match
on Monday even more now. The place is very
hot in the daytime and the night but we know
what it's like to play here now and I believe we
will be able to give an even better showing
against Saudi Arabia," added the Vietnam-based
player, who is scheduled to return to T&T next
week following the end of his season with Song
Lam Nghe An.
T&T targets OSN
Cup third place
St Benedict's holds Shiva to draw in SSFL SOUTH ZONE
Presentation College 2 (Angel
Williams 67th, Shackiel Henry 68th) v
Naparima College 0
St Bendict's 1 (Shaquille Ferrier) v
Shiva Boy's 1 (Shavon Diaz)
St Augustine 2 (Aikim Andrews 11th,
Jordan Devonish 81st) v El Dorado
Presentation College Chaguanas 4
(Raheem Collins 4th, Paul Reyes 36th,
Perrel Roberts pen 47th, Sijnand
Skinner 88th) v Vishnu Boys 2
(Navindra Joseph 11th, Kevon
Scarborough (Taffarel Joseph 31st,
Jase George 87th) v Mason Hall 0
Speyside High 2 (Weah Adams 60th,
Brandon Benjamin 85th) v Signal Hill
Mayaro v Pleasantville, Mayaro, 3.45
St Anthony's v Fatima, St Anthony's
College, 3.45 pm
Malick v QRC, Hasely Crawford
Stadium, 3.45 pm
Carapichaima East v Tabaquite,
Carapichaiuma, 3.45 pm
Valencia v El Dorado West, Valencia,
Bishop's High v Roxborough, Mt
Pleasant, 3.45 pm
Pentecostal L&L v Goodwood, Signal
Hill, 3.45 pm
Teiquel Hackett of Speyside High fends off
Signal Hill's Addison Hackett when their
teams met in the opening match of the
Tobago Zone of the BGTT Secondary
Schools Football League at Shaw Park
yesterday. Speyside beat Signal Hill 2-0.
PHOTO courtesy THA Division of
Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
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