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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 29, 2014
George Bovell splashed some life
back into the T&T camp at the
Commonwealth Games here in
Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday, when
he booked his spot in the 50 metres
freestyle final, which is carded for
later today at the Tollcross Swim-
However, there was heartbreak for
T&T at the Hampden Park Stadium
as medal hopefuls Keston Bledman
and Richard Thompson failed to
advance to the final of the men s
Neither was there any luck on the
women s side as Kai Selvon and
Kamaria Durant were also eliminated
in their respective heats.
Bovell clocked 22.22 seconds, to
finish third in the second semifinal,
producing the fourth quickest time
of the eight finalists.
The medal race is expected to be
intense as the local swimmer will be
challenged by Australians James
Magnussen and Cameron McEnvoy,
who took gold and silver respectively
in the 100m freestyle, the night
before. The others are Benjamin
Proud, also of Australia, South
Africans Roland Schoeman and
Bradley Tandy and Englishmen Adam
Brown and Matt Abood.
It was a stark contrast to what
was unfolding across the way at
Hampden, when Bledman and
Thompson made their exit from the
Bledman s 10.24 put him out of
contention, despite placing third in
his heat. Thompson too was third
in his heat but his time of 10.19,
though faster than his countryman s
was not good enough.
A visibly upset Thompson took
some time before responding to
questions from the media.
"I just didn t show up ready. Sorry
to disappoint everybody because I
know just as I had high hopes and
expectations for myself, there were
a lot of people expecting the same.
"I just didn t bring it today (yes-
terday). I didn t do well so disap-
pointing performance," said Thomp-
son. "Now it s all about getting ready
for the 4x100. I have to put this
behind me and get ready for that.
Hopefully we do better and medal.
We have to regroup and get ready
for the 4x100."
Later, Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole
went on to win the gold medal in
10 seconds. Taking the silver was
Adam Gemili (10.10) of England and
Nickel Ashmeade (10.12) of Jamaica
copped the bronze.
Nigeria s Blessing Okagbare topped
the women s final in 10.85 while
Jamaica duo Veronica Campbell-
Brown (11.03) and Kerron Stewart
(11.07), were second and third,
Selvon and Durant respective times
of 11.59 and 11.70, were not good
enough for them to progress out of
In the women s 400m semifinals,
both Shawna Fermin (53.83) and
Domonique Williams (54.63) faded
in their heats to not advance either.
Ayanna Alexander, though,
excelled on the field, progressing to
the medal round of the women s
triple jump. She had a best attempt
of 13.78 to put her in second spot in
group A and overall going into the
In the morning session, all three
entries in the men s 400m event,
Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow and
Lalonde Gordon, reached the semi-
finals of the men s 400m event.
Solomon was up first and topped
the opening heat in 45.69. Quow
also won his heat, clocking 45.86,
strolling over the line ahead of his
competitors. He seemed to be in
some discomfort following the race
but brushed it off saying: "I just
want to stay relax and smooth as
possible. I feel good no injuries. "
Gordon looked comfortable in his
heat, taking second place in 45.84
behind England s Martyn Rooney
Boxer Aaron Prince knocked off
Bahamian Godfrey Strachan in the
Men s middleweight (75 kg) round
of 16 match at the SECC.
His next bout will be tomorrow
against the previous Commonwealth
Games bronze medallist India s
Vijender Singh Beniwal.
"I feel excited about my upcoming
match. I am just asking to everyone
to continue to support me,"
Today though Michael Alexander
fights Bajan Cobia Breedy in the
round of 16 of the Men s lightweight
T&T s netball team lost its third
straight match, this time to No 1
team in the world Australia, 69-34
at the SECC.
Again, the "Calypso Girls struggled
to get the ball to the shooters, only
getting 52 attempts at goal compared
to the Australians 80.
Joelisa Cooper led the scoring for
T&T with 15 goals from 24 attempts
in a match which T&T trailed from
the first pass.
Shooters Anastascia Wilson and
Joelisa Cooper found it tough to get
going, barely getting enough touches
on the ball as T&T trailed after the
first period 16-9.
Play continued downward for the
T&T as it added only five goals in
the second session to have a 23-goal
(38-15) deficit at the half.
Wilson, the goal-shooter, who
scored nine goals off 13 attempts,
was then replaced by youngster Kalifa
Australia still dominated and
pushed the lead to 27 goals (50-23)
by the end of the third.
The final period was the only time
the local netballers scored in dou-
ble-figures 11, to reach 34 but
defenders could not find a way to
slow the Australians, who connected
19, to seal the 35-goal victory. Cooper
(15/24) shot with 63 per cent accu-
racy to lead T&T. McCollin scored
the other 10 goals from 15 tries.
The local netballers will be back
on the court today against England
in their final match.
Yesterday, T&T s women s team
suffered another loss, going down
to India 14-0. Today the men s team
takes on Malaysia, hoping to get its
first win of the Games.
No medal for Roger Daniel in his
favourite event, the 50m Pistol down
at the Barry Buddon Shooting Cen-
tre. He placed seventh in the final
round with a total of 90.5 points.
Countryman Rhodney Allan also
took part in the event but he was
eliminated in the qualification round
after placing 18th. Only the top eight
Daniel had placed third to advance
to the final but could not get shoot
his way to silver as he did in the
event back in 2010 in Delhi, India.
However, both Daniel and Allan
will have another try today at a medal
when they compete in the 25m rapid
fire pistol qualifying round.
In the 50m rifle prone event, Mar-
lon Moses did not make it out of the
qualifying round, placing 31st with
score of 599.5.
Norris Gomes and Michael Perez
were 28th and 29th, respectively
when the intermediate results were
released in the Queen s Prize indi-
vidual shooting competition.
Today, T&T s squash players will
be back in action to compete in the
mixed, men s and women s doubles
contests while both men s and
women s table tennis players will
participate in the singles event.
GLASGOW---In Usain Bolt s
absence, training partner Kemar
Bailey-Cole collected the first indi-
vidual gold of his career by win-
ning the 100 metres at the Com-
monwealth Games yesterday.
The Jamaican clocked exactly
10 seconds at the cool Hampden
Park track in Glasgow, a tenth of
a second ahead of English sprinter
Adam Gemili while compatriot
Nickel Ashmeade took bronze.
"It feels very good to have the
spotlight on me once," the 22-
year-old Bailey-Cole said.
"I m not looking towards Usain.
I m just looking towards me, get-
ting my things and achieving my
dreams---winning as many races
as I can and getting as much gold."
The quietly-spoken Bailey-Cole
had to recover from a rough start
before edging over the line first.
"I just came out here relaxed
because if you run with tension
you won t get your results," he said.
"Even if I didn t get the right start,
I held my composure and drove
Gemili was also celebrating a
first-ever senior medal on the road
to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
despite struggling to sleep on Sun-
day night due to "inexperience and
nerves" while preparing to repre-
sent England at a major champi-
The stadium was packed with
many fans who had bought tickets
expecting to see Bolt, but injury
has restricted the Olympic cham-
pion to the 4x100 relay. Bailey-
Cole is likely to feature with Bolt
in the Jamaican relay team in Fri-
day s heats, but he isn t completely
enjoying the Scottish experience.
The menu isn t to his liking in the
"It s really different (to the 2012
London Olympics) --- the food was
way better than this," Bailey-Cole
said. "It needs a bit more season-
The women s sprint title was
taken by Blessing Okagbare of
Nigeria who won in 10.85 seconds.
"It s amazing, great, a blessing,"
Okagbare said. "Everything has
come together. It all just fell in
The women s podium was com-
pleted by Jamaicans, with silver
for Veronica Campbell-Brown and
bronze for Kerron Stewart.
Jamaica s first gold medal of the
Glasgow Games had been won by
shot putter O Dayne Richards,
throwing 21.61 meters. Tom Walsh
of New Zealand took silver and
Tim Nedow of Canada collected
bronze. Nedow s compatriot, Sul-
tana Frizell, went better in the
women s hammer throw by win-
ning gold with a reaching 71.97
Blessing Okagbare, of Nigeria celebrates after wining the women's 100
metre final, at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow during the
Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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