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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ayanna Alexander leaped
onto the podium in Glasgow,
Scotland yesterday, to lift
T&T s first precious metal of
the Commonwealth Games, a
bronze medal in the women s
triple jump on a cold night at
the Hampden Park Stadium.
Alexander was overjoyed at
winning T&T s first medal say-
ing, "I hope it sets the stage for
other medals to come. I had no
idea I was really focused on my
event. First final, first medal,
I m a woman in the field events
so hopefully that says some-
thing, people will start listening
and paying attention."
Her fourth attempt of 14.01
metres brought her success, put-
ting her behind eventual winner
Jamaican Kimberly Williams
(14.11) and silver medallist Eng-
lishwomen Laura Samuel
Alexander, returning from an
injury which left her immobile
some time before the games,
jumped 13.54 in the first round,
returning in the next round to
reach 13.75. By the third try, she
hit the 13.99 mark as she chased
the leaders. The next attempt
she faltered somewhat dropping
to 13.53 but the fourth attempt,
produced the winning jump.
"Four months ago, I couldn t
walk. I have been bouncing back
from an ankle injury. I wasn t
too disturbed by my perform-
ance at senior champs because
I knew what the issue was so
the plan was to come back here
and come stronger," said the
2010 Commonwealth Games
T&T quartermilers Jarrin
Solomon, Renny Quow and
Lalonde Gordon created history
when all three entries advanced
to the final of the 400m final.
Six of the eight finalists are
from the Caribbean including
400m specialist Kirani James
(43.74) of Grenada, Bahamians
Chris Brown (45.55) and Latoy
Williams, South Africa s Wayde
Van Niekerk (45.41) and Eng-
lishman Martyn Rooney (45.03).
In the opening heat, Solomon
(45.49) made a late sprint to
catch Brown just before the line
to take second spot behind
"I executed my race good. I
executed the way I wanted to.
I came off the turn in first and
that is what I wanted to do. I
said I was going to run to 300
and hold on and I was able to
do that," said Solomon.
Quow too came from behind
to get in as one of the fastest
losers, trailing James and Van
Niekerk in the second heat while
Gordon make a late charge to
top heat three in 45.37.
Knowing that all three local
runners made the finals, Gordon
said, "This is a first time. Hope-
fully we all come out with some-
Today, the local trio will line
up at 3.30 pm (T&T time) for
the medal race.
Tonya Nero was also in action
late yesterday, competing in the
10,000m final. She ran a season
best 35:48.63 to place 12th.
The morning session was
uneventful with none of T&T s
athletes progressing out of their
Kyron Blaise failed to set a
mark in the men s long jump,
recording fouls in each of his
three attempts. Back on the
track, a poor executed run by
Mikel Thomas saw him exit the
men s 110m hurdles in the heats.
Thomas clipped five of the
nine hurdles, to still come in
fourth in 13.86 but he just short
by .15 seconds of the last qual-
Durell Busby and Wayne
Davis pulled out of the events.
It got even worse when
Josanne Lucas race was over
before it even started. She false
started in the women s 400m
hurdles and was disqualified.
The other local competitor in
that event, Janiel Bellille placed
fourth in her heat in 57.51, not
good enough to advance.
Next to go out were Jamaal
James and Kendis Bullard in the
800m. James finished fourth in
his heat in 1:51.62 while the latter
placed sixth in 1:51.57, to be
GLASGOW---In the first doping scandal
of the Commonwealth Games, a 16-year-
old female Nigerian weightlifter was pro-
visionally suspended yesterday after test-
ing positive for banned substances.
Chika Amalaha tested positive for the
diuretic amiloride and masking agent
hydrochlorothiazide---both banned by the
World Anti-Doping Agency---after winning
the 53-kilogramme weight class last Friday,
games officials said.
She s the first athlete to test positive dur-
ing the games, which opened last Wednes-
Amalaha asked for the backup "B sample
to be tested, which will happen in London
on Wednesday. If that sample also comes
back positive, she will be stripped of her
"It sends a strong message to anybody
in any sport that if you go down the path
of doping, any substance to enhance per-
formance, they will be caught," Common-
wealth Games Federation chief executive
Mike Hooper said.
It s the second Commonwealth Games in
a row that Nigeria has been in the doping
spotlight. Four years ago in New Delhi, three
of the four doping cases involved Nigerian
runners, including women s 100-metre gold
medalist Osayomi Oludamola.
Meanwhile, the king of the track met
with British royalty in the athletes village.
Prince William and his brother, Prince
Harry, met Jamaica s Usain Bolt, the mul-
tiple Olympic sprint champion and world
record-holder over 100 and 200 metres.
Harry posed for a photo with Bolt, who
is running in the 4x100 relay this week.
William was reported to have jokingly said
to Bolt as he approached him: "What s all
the fuss about?"
Elsewhere at the games yesterday:
CANADIANS, KIWIS 1-2: Catharine Pendrel
of Canada, the 2011 mountain bike cross-
country world champion who finished ninth
at the 2012 London Olympics, won gold in
the women s cross-country race at the
Cathkin Braes Country Park course in Glas-
Her Canadian teammate Emily Batty took
the silver, with Rebecca Anderson of Aus-
tralia earning the bronze. "We trained well
as a team," Pendrel said.
"I knew from training and the nationals
that Emily was on fire, so I m proud she
got silver." In the men s race, New Zealan-
ders were 1-2, with Anton Cooper beating
Samuel Gaze by just three seconds for gold.
Australian Daniel McDonnell took the
SHOOTING FOR GOLD: Australian shooters
won both golds on offer in early events,
with English and Indian competitors taking
the minor medals.
Adam Vella defeated Aaron Heading of
England in the men s trap final, and Man-
avjit Sandhu of India took the bronze.
David Chapman of Australia took gold in
the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol, India s
Harpreet Singh took silver and Kristian
Callaghan of England earned the bronze.
Doping case hits
Alexander leaps to bronze
Janeil Bellille, centre, on the move during the 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games
yesterday. PHOTO MARC DAVIDSON.
Top local swimmer George Bovell clocked
22.31 to place fifth in the final of 50m
Copping gold was Brendon Proud (21.92)
of England while Australians Cameron
McEnvoy and James Magnussen, who won
100m freestyle silver and gold, respectively,
was second third.
Kwandwane Brown scored a hattrick and
helped T&T's hockey men's team claim its
first victory ever at a Commonwealth
games, beating Malaysia 4-2 in its final
It was Mickell Pierre opening the scoring
for the local team as early as the eighth
minute. Brown followed up four minutes
later to give T&T a 2-0 advantage, returning
only two minutes later to push the local
stickmen further ahead, 3-0.
Malaysia managed to pull one back in the
25th minute thanks to Norhizzat Sumantri.
T&T was heading into the half with a 3-1
lead when Brown slipped one past the
keeper Hafizuddin Muhammad Othman, to
put the local hockey team up 4-1.
In the second half, the Malaysians stepped
its defense and held the T&T attack at bay.
They were able to pull one back just before
time expired through Ramada Muhamad
Rosli in the 70th.
T&T netballers suffered another huge loss
in their final preliminary match, going under
to England 70-24.
Again the "Calypso Girls" were plagued by
too many turnovers and not enough chances
at the goal.
Shooting for T&T were Kalifa McCollin
(4/6), Joelisa Cooper (13/16) and
Anastascia Wilson (7/11).
Michael Alexander defeated Cobia Breedy
of Barbados in the quarterfinals of the men's
lightweight (60k) event at the SECC.
He now advances to the semifinals to
meet Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick on
It was a busy day for T&T's tennis players
with the start of the men's and women's
Dexter St Louis beat Nickson Otieno
Abaka of Kenya, 11-4, 11-1, 11-3, 11-6 in his
opening match, returning later to top
Barbadian Kevin Farley, 18-16, 7-11, 8-11, 12-
10, 11-8, 11-8.
Aaron Wilson also got wins in his two
matches against Daniel O'Connell of Wales
(11-1, 12-10, 13-11, 11-7) and Pakistani Tabish
Khurshid (11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9).
Curtis Humphreys also scored two
straight victories against Issa Masoud
Mtalaso of Tanzania (11-5, 11-4) and
Nicholas Esther of Seychelles, 11-8, 11-3, 11-
Rheann Chung got the better of Neema
Dennis Mwaisyula (Tanzania), 11-5, 11-4, 11-
5, 11-2 and Kaimalie Resture (Tuvalu), 11-3,
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 while Ashley Quashie
suffered loses to Agnes Wiron Nodoki
(Tanzania), 11-6, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-5 and
Ganiat Ogundele (Nigeria), 11-1, 11-6, 11-6, 11-
Aleena Edwards also had a successful
start defeating Kelsey Ke Maistre of Jersey,
11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 and Bajan Krystle
Harvey, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8.
Team competitions began yesterday with
local players participating in men's, women's
and mixed doubles.
Colin Ramasra and Kale Wilson lost to
Scotland's Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch, 11-3,
11-4 in group play stage in the men's doubles
In the mixed doubles, Ramasra partnered
with Kerrie Sample and lost their opening to
England's Daryl Selby and Sarah Kippax, 11-1,
11-4 in Pool D while Wilson and Charlotte
Knaggs, playing Pool F fell to another
English duo Peter Barker and Alison Waters,
Shooters Roger Daniel and Rhodney Allan
withdrew from the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Michael Perez (373-21 points) and Norris
Gomes (344-21) placed 26th and 33rd in the
Queen's Prize Individual event.
AT A GLANCE
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