Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2014 Contents A76
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 26, 2014
NASSAU---Sprint star Yohan Blake
led Jamaica s domination of the men s
4x200 metres as they shattered a 20-
year-old World record and pocketed
US$100 000 for their efforts, at the
inaugural IAAF World Relays here
The Olympic 200m silver medallist
anchored the team of Nickel Ashmeade,
Warren Weir and Jermaine Brown, as
Jamaica clocked one minute, 18.63 sec-
onds to erase the old mark of 1:18:68
set by the United States in 1994.
However, the record appeared safe
until Blake took the baton on the final
leg and raced through the final 200
metres in an unofficial 19 seconds flat.
St Kitts and Nevis finished second
in a time of 1:20.51 while France set a
new European record of 1:20.66 in
placing third, after the United States
Barbados were fourth in a time of
1:21.88, a new national record.
Jamaica experienced no such glam-
our in the women s 4x100m relay when
they thwarted by a poor exchange on
the final handover and came home
second behind winners the United
Running without World and Olympic
sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-
Pryce, the Jamaican team of Carrie
Russell, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie
Calvert and Smanatha Henry-Robin-
son, clocked 42.28 seconds, behind the
US s 41.88.
Trinidad & Tobago s quartet of
Kamaria Durant, Michelle-Lee Ahye,
Reyare Thomas and Kai Selvon clinched
third in a time of 42.66.
However, it was the men s 4x200m
which took precedence. Ashmeade was
pressed on the first leg by St Kitts
Antoine Adams but he and Weir, the
Olympic bronze medallist, combined
to keep Jamaica ahead after the first
lap completed in 39 seconds.
Brown and Blake then went to work
on the field over the final lap, clocking
a swift 39.63 to get Jamaica to the line
The massive challenge expected from
the Americans failed to materialise as
Curtis Mitchell and Ameer Webb
fluffed their lines on the second
exchange, and completed it outside
St Kitts team comprised Adams,
Lestrod Roland, Brijesh Lawrence and
The World Relays wrapped up last
National senior men s team head coach Stephen Hart has
described the first few days of preparations ahead of the friendly
international against Argentina as satisfying.
Hart welcomed European-based duo Khaleem Hyland and
Lester Peltier into his training camp on Friday as both players
took part in the evening session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Port-of-Spain, before the team returned for dinner at the Radisson
Hotel. The squad then witnessed the Digicel Pro Bowl final later
Hart intends to lift the intensity next week as the June 4 friendly
in Buenos Aires approaches.
"It s been a pretty good week. We still don t have the full squad
because a couple of our players have club commitments but
based on what I ve seen, it has been good. I like the intensity
and everyone looks focused but of course we still have work to
do and every day is crucial in the lead up to these games," said
Millwall s Carlos Edwards, a veteran of the 2006 World Cup
squad, arrived in Port-of-Spain on Friday night and was expected
to train on Saturday. Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino lined
up for Orlando City in a 1-0 loss to Italian Serie A club AS Roma
on Friday and will join the squad in Argentina, while the likes
of Radanfah Abu Bakr, Carlyle Mitchell and Kevan George will
join the camp this week.
"Carlos has been one of the longstanding servers to the national
team and he has been consistent. He continues to play at a
respectable level. He definitely has the experience," Hart said.
Hart has been monitoring the preparations of the Argentina
and Iran teams. Iran drew 0-0 with Belarus last week while
Argentina has been in training in Ezeiza.
"We ve been keeping tabs on them. Obviously these are teams
preparing for a World Cup so their preparations will be on point.
I expect both to be fully ready by the time these games come
around because we are playing mere days before the World Cup
Hyland, one of T&T s marquee players in Europe, is expected
to sign with another club in Europe shortly. He too expects the
matches to be challenging.
"I think the players are all looking forward to the games and
will all be focusing and trying to work hard and prepare well.
Playing against the likes of Argentina and Iran is massive in every
aspect," Hyland said.
With just under two weeks left before T&T takes the field
against Argentina, national team goalkeeper Jan Michael
Williams says the opportunity to play in a match of such mag-
nitude is something players can only dream about.
Williams has been in training with the rest of the T&T squad
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and enters the final week under
Stephen Hart before they depart for Buenos Aires, on Saturday.
"This is what we dream about as players. We follow football
extensively. Some of us have played at the international level
both for club and country and then there are those who are still
working towards it. Some people say maybe we are not ready
to play Argentina and Iran but I believe we could feel assured
of our potential," said Williams.
"I don t think we need to feel afraid. Of course they will be
well prepared and they have some of the best players in the world
in their team. But we will be relish that challenge. This is a bit
of a dream come true story for us. We want to see how far off
we are. Maybe we have a long way to go but practicing with the
best can only have benefits," added the Central FC custodian.
Slovakia-based winger Lester Peltier joined the camp on
Saturday and is also gearing up for what he says will be perhaps
his biggest international game to date.
"Everyone back in Slovakia has been talking about my country s
game with Argentina. It was a big piece of news for them when
they heard we got the game scheduled and after winning the
league there I think the coach and the rest of the team at Slovan
will be rooting for Trinidad and Tobago," Peltier said.
"Everybody knows what Argentina can do but for us it s just
a game where we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
I think we can go there and give a good account of ourselves.
And to do that I think all the boys know how important it is to
have a strong training camp," Peltier added.
More than ever, more people
worldwide are turning to t ai chi,
an ancient form of Chinese exercise
that creates a state of relaxation and
stress relief. At Harvard s club,
located on Serpentine Road, there
is one such class.
This t ai chi class, consisting of
roughly 90 per cent seniors, formerly
of the Soroptomist Organisation, get
together every Monday and Wednes-
day with teach Sifu Rahman Khabir,
president of the T ai Chi Institute
and Wushu Association.
T ai chi, a low-impact exercise
focuses on strengthening the body s
immune system and internal vital
organs. This exercise is suitable for
everyone and has no age barrier as
seen many times on television being
practiced in China.
T ai chi is different from other
forms of exercise because its low
impact improves balance and co-
ordination, strengthens internal vital
organs, rejuvenates mind and spirit,
and has both internal and external
benefits. T ai chi is good for diabetes,
high and low blood pressure and
The t ai chi sessions are available
to everyone regardless of age or fitness
level. Khabir says that there are
national school children s pro-
grammes both T&T, in nursery
schools, high schools, universities,
as well as at centres for senior cit-
Khabir has received four USA hall
of fame awards; won two Pan Amer-
ican gold medals; taught on television
locally and internationally; produces
instructional t ai chi programmes for
learning in St Lucia, Bermuda and
Hart pleased with
prep for Argentina
focused on task ahead
Khabir's t'ai chi for health and wellness
Yohan Blake...raced through the final 200 metres in unofficial 19 seconds flat.
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