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Sprint sensation Michelle Lee Ahye is
out of tomorrow s 100m semifinals after
limping off the track, following her second
place finish in heat four at the Common-
wealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She
did not stop to take questions from the
media, clearly showing some discomfort
in her leg.
Ahye pulled up after recording a double
win in the 100m and 200m at the Interna-
tional Athletics Meeting in Lucerne, Switzer-
land, two weeks ago, but later said it was
not serious, citing cramps as the problem.
A release from the officials at the Games
here said both Ahye and Darrel Brown, who
did not take part in the heats were being
withdrawn from competition.
Ahye was slow out the blocks but gradually
picked up pace some 30 metres out and
crossed the line in 10.52 behind Canadian
Sprinters Keston Bledman, Richard
Thompson, Kai Selvon and Kamaria Durant,
also qualified from their respective 100m
Bledman blazed the field in the ninth and
final heat of the men s 100m, running in
lane five, progressing with the third fastest
time 10.16 of all the qualifiers.
"I am feeling better and I m glad that no
one is talking about me so I can fly under
the radar but my aim is to win gold. I am
fit and ready. I am ready for a sub10 and
I m not concerned about the opposition."
Thompson s entry was a little more com-
plicated as he had to endure two false starts
before moving on as one of the fastest losers
in 10.33. He was third in heat three. Only
the top two finishers qualify automatical-
"I misjudged the race and the guys in
first but I will be coming strong in the semi-
finals. I was not bothered by false starts,"
said the two-time Olympic silver medallist.
"I do not feel any pressure."
Selvon s and Durant s times of 11.66 and
11.80, respectively qualified both as fastest
In the women s 400m heats, Shawna Fer-
min and Dominique Williams progressed to
the next round with times of 54.10 and 54.43,
respectively while Romona Modeste failed
to get into the top 24 after clocking 55.16.
Robert Collingwood s best effort of 17.83
earned him 13th spot, just missing out on
qualifying for the final round of the shot
Today, T&T quartermilers Jarrin Solomon,
Renny Quow and Lalonde Gordon race in
the 400m and Ayanna Alexander will be in
the women s triple jump.
T&T swimmer Dylan Carter had a full
day of activities yesterday at the Tollcross
Swimming Centre and when the water set-
tled, he had produced an impressive per-
formance to take fifth spot in the final of
the men s 100 metres freestyle final at the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scot-
The 17-year-old making his debut at the
event, clocked 49.56 seconds, in a race totally
dominated by Australian trio James Mag-
nussen (48.11), who won gold, Cameron
McEvoy (48.34) and Tommaso D Orsogna
(49.04), the silver and bronze medallists,
respectively. Canadian Yuri Kisil (49.27) also
finished ahead of the local swimmer.
"I think I was out too slow. I knew the
Aussies would be quick. I went a little faster
in the semifinals but still glad to reach this
point in the meet," said Carter. "It s my first
Commonwealth Games. I m still a junior so
I will get better."
The youngster takes the experience as a
learning one and has already clear indication
of which strokes he will be focussing on in
"My 100 free was good, my 100 fly was
good...I may go to the youth Olympics and
do some sprints. The 100 free this week
showed me that I m a sprinter and I hope
next year, I can hit a 48 (seconds), once I
hit 48 I m going to be in Rio (Olympics)
said Carter, who was relieved to finish up
my first Commonwealth.
"I would say that it was very successful
considering a few things didn t go the way
I would have planned...delayed preparation.
I got sick a couple days out but I can say
I really enjoyed the Games.
"To my friends and family, who are here
and who at home, thank you for supporting
"I want to thank George (Bovell) so much
because he really mentored me and helped
me out throughout this meet. It was great
to have him here as an experienced figure
to guide me."
Bovell, in the meantime, did not take the
pool yesterday as he opted out of swimming
the 50m backstroke final, a customary move
by the Olympic bronze medallist, who at
times uses this style to prepare for his pet
event, the 50m freestyle that is carded for
today. He will line up in heat nine in lane
four 5.50 am (T&T time).
Carter competed in two other races yes-
terday earlier swimming in the 100m but-
terfly heats in the morning session clocking
54.21, which qualified him for the semifinals.
He went on to place eighth in 54.45.
T&T table tennis men won the classifi-
cation final after beating Ghana, 3-0. In the
first match on table five Curtis Humphreys
beat Emmanuel Commey, 3-1 (9-11, 11-7,
11-2, 11-9), then Dexter St Louis Felix fol-
lowed up with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-7) win
over Felix Lartey.
In the doubles match-up, Humphreys
partnered with Aaron Wilson to complete
the sweep Lartey and D Abrefa, 3-2, (12-
10, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7).
Njisane Phillip s and Quincy Alexander s
dismal run continued in the 20th edition
of the Games when neither made it to the
Phillip placed last in heat two and fourth
in the repechage while Alexander came in
sixth in heat four and went on to finish
fourth in his repechage heat.
Boxer Michael Alexander continues to
impress, beating Pakistani Ali Ahmed to
reach the quarterfinals of the lightweight
Tomorrow, he will face Cobia Breedy of
Barbados, who defeated Andrique Allisop
Aaron Prince returns to action today at
9 am and will meet Bahamian Godfrey Stra-
T&T rugby sevens men s team completed
its first victory of the Games, topping
Malaysia 15-10 in the semifinals of the Shield
It was a short celebration for the local
ruggermen as they fell later on to Sri Lanka,
43-7 in the final.
T&T hockey women lost their third
straight match but by a smaller margin, 4-
1. Today the stickwomen will play India.
Also today, gymnastics starts will all three
T&T athletes in action. They are William
Albert, Marissa Dick and Khazia Hislop.
Roger Daniel and Rodney Allan go for
gold in the 50m Pistol.
AT A GLANCE
MAGNUSSEN ASSERTS CLASS: Renowned for his
bravado, world 100-metre freestyle champion James
Magnussen didn't try to conceal his glee at reasserting
his supremacy against a great rival in the pool yester-
"I feel loved again," Magnussen said after leading
home an Australia 1-2-3 to win the Commonwealth title,
a podium sweep that strengthened the country's hold
on top spot in the Glasgow Games medals' standings.
Back in April, Magnussen was mortified to be beaten
by Cameron McEvoy to the Australian title at the Com-
monwealth trials --- especially having boasted he would
break the world record that day.
"The trials hurt a bit," Magnussen said. "It was proba-
bly that initial embarrassment of losing."
But "The Missile" is firing again, giving McEvoy the
early edge to save himself for the final 25 meters and
clock 48.11 seconds to beat his rival by 0.23. Tommaso
D'Orsogna was third.
Magnussen's next target is the Pan Pacific Champi-
onships in August on Australia's Gold Coast.
"It takes a weight off the shoulders, having lost at tri-
als," Magnussen said. "I just wanted to get the win
tonight to reaffirm to myself I have still got it. I am still
going good. Now I can focus on getting my quickest
race I can against the Americans in the Pan Pacs."
Away from the Tollcross Swimming Centre in Glas-
gow, the athletics competitions began. Here are the
highlights from the fourth day of the games.
STREAK OVER: New Zealand's 30-game unbeaten
Commonwealth Games run in rugby sevens is over. The
four-time gold medalists' domination of the sport
stretching back to its games debut at Kuala Lumpur in
1998 was ended by South Africa.
"As a country we have a lot of chances to win medals
but as a New Zealand rugby player it is disappointing to
come second," New Zealand captain D.J. Forbes said.
A 17-12 loss left the All Blacks with silver medals at
Ibrox, the home ground of Scottish football side
"Pressure builds and you just have to play to your
best ability, but it's disappointing," Forbes said. "For
maybe 10 or 11 minutes of that 20-minute final we
were just a little bit off pace."
MARATHON MOMENT: Australian success came
early on Sunday as Michael Shelley upgraded his Com-
monwealth silver medal from 2010 for gold in the
marathon, running 2 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
through rainy Glasgow. Shelley passed the leading
group of runners with four kilometers (2.5 miles) to go,
leaving Stephen Chemlany of Kenya to finish second
and Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda to earn the bronze.
There was a Kenyan one-two in the women's
marathon, with Flomena Daniel winning in 2:26:45 and
Caroline Kilel 25 seconds behind.
HAMPDEN HERO: One of the most memorable mo-
ments at Hampden Park on the first day of athletics
competition came from a runner far from the podium.
Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku of Kenya won a 5,000
meter-race missing injured Olympic champion Mo Farah
in 13 minutes, 12.07 seconds. But Britons like a plucky
loser, and it was Rosefelo Siosi, who finished almost
four minutes adrift, the crowd cheered loudest for. The
17-year-old Solomon Islands athlete was lapped three
times before crossing the line in 16:55.33.
The highlight of yesterday should have been Usain
Bolt in the 100 heats, but the Jamaican is only taking
part in the relay at the end of the week following injury.
Instead, Adam Gemili advanced to the semifinals as the
fastest qualifier, with the Englishman clocking 10.15.
Kemar Bailey-Cole, Bolt's Jamaican compatriot, was
second fastest overall, only 0.01 behind Gemili.
OVERCOMING ILLNESS: On the final day of action
in the velodrome, double Olympic champion Laura Trott
of England defied a kidney infection to win a duel with
Elinor Barker of Wales in the women's points' race. Gold
was secured in a photo finish after winning the last
"I've had such a bad week of it with the kidney infec-
tion," Trott said. "It really set me back and knocked my
morale a bit. I've hardly eaten for two days, I've been liv-
ing off porridge and I don't like porridge."
Ahye, Brown withdraw
T&T's Michael Alexander, left, celebrates after defeating Pakistan's Ali Ahimad in their
men's lightweight boxing preliminary match at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow
2014, in Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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