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Youth Olympic Games-bound swim-
mers, Kristin Julien and David Mc Leod
were in record breaking form as they
claimed two of four individual gold medals,
and six overall for T&T on the opening
night of finals at the 29th Carifta Swim-
ming Championship on Tuesday night.
Competing at the Piscina Olimpico Roly
Bislik, Oranjestad, Savaneta in Aruba, Julien,
who lived up to her top seed billing in the
15-17 girls 50 metres backstroke with a 30.86
seconds clocking in the heats, just ahead of
Jamaican Danielle Boothe (31.27), returned
in the afternoon session to claim gold in
29.84 seconds, bettering the 2012 previous
best Carifta time of 30.05 set by country-
woman, Kimberlee John-Williams.
Julien's time was also faster than the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean (CAC) Games
A standard qualifying time of 29.99. Second
was Suriname's Brienne Renfurm in 30.59
followed by Guadeloupe's Charlotte Backovic
(30.62) and Boothe (30.91), who all attained
the Youth Olympic Games B standard time
of 31.42 while T&T's Ariel Cape was fifth
One event later, Mc Leod, who in the
morning heats touched the wall in 26.93, to
better the Youth Olympic Games A qualifying
standard of 27.19 for the 15-17 boys 50m
backstroke, once again dominated his rivals
with a new Carifta record and World Cham-
pionship B (26.41) qualifying mark of 26.31
in winning gold ahead of team-mate Jabari
Baptiste (27.51) and Bahamian Dionisio Carey
(28.01). Both Baptiste and Carey achieved
for the second time on the day, the Youth
Olympic Games B standard time of 28.14.
The other T&T gold medal winners on
the first day were Justin Samlalsingh, Jada
Chai, and the 11-12 girls and 15-17 boys
4x100m freestyle relay teams.
Samlalsingh sped to T&T's first gold on
the night when he won the 13-14 boys 50m
backstroke in 28.42, ahead of Antigua &
Barbuda's Noah Mascoll-Gomes (28.82) and
Aruban Patrick Groters (28.89).
Chai swam to her first gold of the meet
in the 11-12 girls 100m butterfly in 1:08.31,
beating Bermuda's Emma Harvey (1:08.61)
and Aruban Elisabeth Timmer (1:10.47),
respectively, while the other T&T entrant
in the final, Vrisnelit Faure was fourth in
Chai also took bronze in the 50m back-
stroke in 32.79 behind the record breaking
duo of Bermuda's Harvey (31.93) and Danielle
Titus of Barbados, who stopped the clock
in 32.02 while T&T's Jahmia Harley was
eighth in 34.22. Harvey and Titus were faster
than the 2012 record of 32.26 set by Jamaican
The 11-12 girls girls 4x100m freestyle quar-
tet of Deshor Edwards, Harley, Faure and
Chai, swimming the anchor-leg then com-
bined for gold in 4:22.73, just ahead of
Bermuda (4:22.93) while a distant third was
Mc Leod also picked up relay gold when
he swam the lead-off for the 15-17 boys
4x100m freestyle squad which also included
Joshua Ramkissoon, Jeron O'Brien and Bap-
tiste in clocking 3:35.81 well clear of Mar-
tinique (3:37.30) and Bahamas (3:40.55).
However, the 13-14 boys combination of
Osaze Riley, James Gillette, Christopher
Mohammed and Kael Yorke had to settle
for silver in 3:47.05, six hundredths of a sec-
ond behind champion Jamaica (3:46.99)
while Martinique took third in 3:47.88.
Yorke also added a bronze in the 100m
butterfly in 1:00.61, to trail Bermuda winner
Jesse Washington (58.77) and Guadeloupe's
Samuel Mannette (1:00.07).
Other T&T swimmers who competed in
finals but did not make it to the medal ros-
trum were Faure (3:02.51) and Sabrina David
(3:04.99) who were fifth and seventh respec-
tively in the 11-12 girls 200m backstroke,
and Baptiste, who ended joint fifth with
Suriname's Wayne Denswil, both clocking
58.83 in the 15-17 boys 100m butterfly.
At the end of day one T&T led the medal
table with ten (six gold, two silver, two bronze)
medals followed by Bahamas with 13 (four
gold, five silver and four bronze), Barbados
with eighth (three gold, four silver, one
bronze), Aruba with 13 (three gold, three sil-
ver, seven bronze) and Suriname with six
(three gold, one silver, two bronze).
However, Bahamas led on the points table
with 149 after 26 events followed by T&T
(124.5), host Aruba (124), Martinique (113)
and three-time defending champion Guade-
loupe with 101.
Last year, T&T swimmers ended second
on the medal table with 51 medals (22 gold,
16 silver and 13 bronze), 13 behind Guade-
loupe (17 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze) while
Aruba was third with 50 (21 gold, 17 silver
and 12 bronze).
But the Mark Pouchet-coached T&T con-
tingent is without seven of its top swimmers
who brought in 23 of the 47 medals won
last year in Jamaica including Dylan Carter,
Joshua Romany, Alexandria Donahue, Tyla
Martin, Andre Goin, Joshua Ramkissoon and
Rebecca Marshall due to other commit-
The Carifta Championships is also serving
as an official qualifying meet for the 16th
FINA World Championships 2015 which will
be held in Kazan, Russia and has been
approved as a qualifying meet for Central
American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in
Veracruz, Mexico and the Youth Olympic
Yesterday, on the second morning of heats,
T&T had 18 swimmers qualified for finals
in the 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m
backstroke and 400m medley relay while
today, the 200m individual medley (IM),
50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 200m
butterfly and 800m freestyle relay events
Manchester United T&T legend Dwight Yorke
thinks there was a disconnect between David Moyes
and the players after it was confirmed the Scot had
been sacked on Tuesday morning.
The news ended speculation that Moyes would
be axed after a nightmare campaign since taking over
from Alex Ferguson - with United enduring their
worst campaign for years.
The club have suffered their most Premier League
defeats - eleven - while they will not be in a European
competition for the first time since 1981 if they fail
to even make the Europa League as is now looking
remote following their defeat to Everton at the week-
The 2-0 defeat to Moyes' old club has left the
team marooned in seventh place in the Premier League
- confirming their absence from the Champions
League next season.
Louis van Gaal is the clear favourite to take the
post now while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed to
take the reigns until the end of the season.
And Yorke believes results and performances were
simply not good enough - highlighting problems
between the players and Moyes.
"There was a disconnect between the players and
Moyes," he said.
"Something had to give and when results not good
enough it's the manager who has to go but the players
must take responsibility too."
United confirmed the news on their Twitter feed
on Tuesday. "Manchester United announces that
David Moyes has left the club," it read.
"The club would like to place on record its thanks
for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought
to the role."
World Eleven match agent Hernan Tofoni has
confirmed that preparations are underway for the
staging of the June 4 friendly international between
T&T and Argentina in La Plata.
And a team of officials from the T&T Football
Association and the Ministry of Tourism will head
to Buenos Aires tomorrow for site visits and meetings
ahead of the World Cup warm up. T&T will also face
Iran in Sao Paolo, four days before the World Cup
opener between Brazil and Croatia in that city.
The traveling party will meet with Tofoni of the
World Eleven Agency which is responsible for all of
Argentina's international matches. The Tourism Min-
istry will also present details shortly about a travel
package that will allow a limited number of fans to
travel to Argentina to witness the match.
With T&T's match against Colombia now off after
the South Americans opted to play Senegal instead
as they prepare to face Ivory Coast in the World Cup,
Tofoni gave all assurances that the T&T versus
Argentina encounter is very much scheduled to take
place and tickets for the game are already on sale in
Argentina and via the internet.
"We are expecting between 45-50,000 spectators
at the stadium," Tofoni said.
"And the home fans will be very anxious and happy
to see their top players together before they go to
Brazil for the World Cup. All the preparation games
are important for the head coach (Alejandro Sabella).
The more games we play the more beneficial it will
be to us."
Tofoni added that the game has significance not
only in relation to Argentina's readiness for the Brazil
2014 World Cup but also due to the fact that it will
be the first senior international outing between both
teams (apart from the Pan American Games).
Tofoni: T&T will be good
warm up opponents
Julien, Mc Leod in record
gold Carifta swims
T&T Under-20 4x400m gold medallists Jonathan Farinha, from left, Machel Cedenio, Asa Guevara and Theon Lewis show off their
medals at the VIP lounge Piarco International Airport, after returning from the Carifta Games 2014, Fort de France, Martinique, on
Tuesday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
4X4 GOLD WINNERS
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