Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 27th 2014 Contents Swimmers George Bovell and Dylan
Carter will chase after the first medals
after they were unstoppable yesterday
at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, qual-
ifying for the finals of their respective
events, the 50 metres backstroke and
100m freetsyle at the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Bovell, a fomer Olympic medallist,
clocked 25.39 seconds to progress with
eighth fastest time, this after he advanced
to the semifinal by topping his heat in the
morning session. He touched the wall in
25.50 to have the sixth fastest time of all
Carter s reaction time was slower than
his opponents but he did not let them get
too far after they dove in heat two of the
semifinals. James Magnussen took the early
lead and set the pace of the race. On the
turn Carter moved well and was in line
with Adam Brown as they chopped away
yearning for a spot in the medal race. Mag-
nussen eased away leaving the other seven
swimmers to battle for the remaining spots.
Brown managed to finish just ahead of
Carter in a time of 49.47. The Australian
won in a time of 48.21 with Carter third
in 49.50. Carter earned his spot in the
semifinals after clocking 49.72 to have the
fifth fastest qualifying time.
He will have his work cut out for him
today as he is expected to swim in the
100m butterfly heats, this morning.
The final is carded for the evening session
at 2.14 pm (T&T time) Bovell is expected
to take the water at 3.59 pm, for his final.
Local boxers Aaron Prince and Michael
Alexander dominated in the ring at SECC
Hall 4A, progressing to the next round rel-
atively easy. Alexander was up first up and
downed Nigeria s Oto Joseph in the men s
"Boxers from the African countries are
strong but he was coming in wild so my
aim was to score points than him and come
out on top at the end of the fight," said
Alexander, who will meet Ali Ahmad of
Pakistan today at 8.30 am. Prince then
took on Jean Maurice Bikorimana in the
men s middleweight (75 kg) and got the
judges nod over the Rwandan.
"I was always confident. My aim was
to get it done which I did. Control was
main in thin in the match
Coach Reynold Cox was proud of his
boxers, praising Prince for keeping his
composure throughout the bout. He said,
"His control was really good. In a com-
petition like this you have five or six fights
to get to gold and you don t want to use
too much energy so early in the compe-
tition." Prince will face off against Bahamian
Godfrey Strachan at 9 am tomorrow.
T&T hockey men fell to their second
defeat in as many matches, losing to New
Zealand 8-0 in an early morning match
at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
They will have no time sulk as they are
back on field today to face Canada at 2
pm following the women s match against
the Canadians at 9 am.
Sharp-shooter Roger Daniel was not
particularly happy with his effort yesterday
in the Men s 10m Air Pistol event, finishing
12th in the qualification round where only
the top eight advance to the next round.
This was at the Barry Buddon Shooting
"Today (yesterday) was challenging. I m
heartbroken right now. This was one of
the easier opportunities of medalling here
as well because the scores were very low.
And to know that it was so low and the
standard you re accustomed to. I am kind
of dampened but I know I will have to get
over it," said Daniel.
"During the match I had some changes
made. Vision wise I had to adjust and cer-
tain things happened during the match
that I had to adjust to but I didn t let myself
settle in properly. I had adjustments to
make and I didn t do it in time."
Rhodney Allen also suffered a similar
fate, placing 19th to be eliminated.
Daniel, however, does not feel all is lost
as he looks ahead to his pet event, the 50m
Pistol, which he won silver at the 2010
edition of the games in India.
"I am more fired up to win a medal on
Monday. I just need to lift my head and
go stronger at it. Stick to my game plan
and go at it positive."
Also yesterday, T&T shooting duo Norris
Gomes and Michael Perez remained in
15th place when the Full Bore competi-
tion---Queen s Prize Pairs Final ended, their
final scores totalling 286-22 points. Win-
ning gold was the England team with 300-
43 points. Gomes and Perez will operate
on their own today in Queen s Prize Pairs
T&T netballers dropped their heads yes-
terday as they left the court at SECC Hall
4B after a devastating 50-31 loss to Wales.
The "Calypso Girls" were guilty of too
many turnovers 25 overall which the Welsh
players took full advantage of unlike the
local netballers, who did not punish their
opponents for their 23 errors.
Wesley "Pepe" Gomes used all four
shooters, starting with Anastascia Wilson
(goal-shooter) and Joelisa Cooper (goal-
attack) then replacing them respectively
with veteran Janelle Barker and Kalifa
McCollin during the second quarter with
T&T was trailing 18-9. That didn t work
as the local unit closed the first half behind
by 16 goals (27-11).
Again he reworked the combination,
making changes to the defensive also but
the Wales was far more aggressive and
found ways to score and went on pushed
further ahead in the third, 43-19.
In the final session, T&T had spurts
when they connected well and managed
to outscore Wales 12-7 but it was too late.
Youngster McCollin was the most accu-
rate and productive for the local side, lead-
ing with 13 from 15. Wilson (12/19), Cooper
(5/7 and Barker (1/2) combined for the
other 18 goals.
T&T rugby sevens team had no success
yesterday, falling in their three matches in
Pool B. The local team lost its opening
match to South Africa, 36-0 and then
went under to Cook Islands 33-10, trailing
28-0 at the half. Scoring a try each for
T&T were Agboola Silverthorn and James
T&T was no match for Kenya later on
in the evening, conceding a 35-5 defeat.
Joseph Quashie scored the lone try for the
local ruggermen, who will play Canada in
the Bowl quarterfinal at 5.32 am.
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Trinidad and Tobago's Michael Alexander, right, in action against Nigeria's Oto Joseph
in the Men's Light (75kg) Round of the 32 during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
GLASGOW, Scotland---Emily Seebohm successfully
defended the 100-metre backstroke gold medal she
won at New Delhi four years ago to continue Aus-
tralia s domination in the Commonwealth Games
pool yesterday. Australia had three more wins and
has earned eight golds in three nights in the water.
That s helped the country move level with England
on overall gold medals---17 each---after 70 of 261 medals
to be awarded before the games end on August 3. Chad
le Clos of South Africa, who beat Michael Phelps in
the 200 butterfly to win gold at the London Olympics,
added the Commonwealth title in the same race. Adam
Peaty of England won the 100 breaststroke, relegating
Olympic gold medalist and world record holder
Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa to second.
THE BOLT ARRIVES: Usain Bolt, the world record
holder and double Olympic sprint champion, held a
packed news conference. He s running in Jamaica s
4x100-meter relay team over the final two days of
athletics next Friday and Saturday. He said his left
foot injury, which prevented him from qualifying in
the individual sprints, was holding up well in train-
ing. Bolt fielded a number of strange requests, rang-
ing from being asked if he would wear a kilt to
journalists seeking a "selfie"---along with his opin-
ion on the Scottish separation referendum in Sep-
tember, and the Gaza conflict. He made no direct
response to either of the political questions.
PEDAL POWER: At the velodrome, it was another
productive day for the Australian and New Zealand
teams, who picked up nine of the available 12
medals. Australia is clear at the top of the cycling
standings with 15 medals overall. Anna Meares set
herself up for a record sixth Commonwealth gold
when she won her sprint semifinal---she ll face fel-
low Australian Stephanie Morton in Sunday s final.
SEVENS STARS: New Zealand extended its Com-
monwealth Games winning streak in rugby sevens
to 28 matches with a 59-0 win over Barbados at
Ibrox Stadium. With earlier wins over Scotland and
Canada, New Zealand qualified for Sunday s medal
round. More than 185,000 sevens tickets have been
sold, including a sellout on Sunday. New Zealand
has won all four previous Commonwealth golds.
TRIATHLON WINNERS: England continued its
domination of the triathlon events when it won the
mixed teams relay, with South Africa second, and
Australia taking bronze. Olympic champion Alistair
Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson, who won the indi-
vidual races on Thursday, were part of the four-per-
son England team.
EQUALS RECORD: Veteran shooter Michael Gault
of England equaled the Commonwealth Games
record for podium finishes when he took bronze in
the 10-metre air pistol. The 60-year-old grandfa-
ther won his 18th medal, level with another shooter,
Australian Phillip Adams, who has retired. Gault
could win his 19th medal in the 50-metre event on
Monday. "I don t really mind sharing it with some
old Australian," Gault said, smiling.
The athletics competition begins on Sunday with
the marathons and 5,000-metre final, and continues
through to August 2. Next Wednesday, New Zealand
shot putter Valerie Adams, who is unbeaten in her last
eight major championships---Olympics, world titles
and the Commonwealth Games--- will make her first
appearance in Glasgow. The last time she finished in
second place at any major event was the 2005 world
AT A GLANCE
keep T&T flag flying
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