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The cold Scottish air could not
cool down Cleopatra Borel and
Lalonde Gordon as the duo went
on to nab two more medals to
make it three for T&T at the Com-
monwealth Games, yesterday.
This was at Hampden Park Sta-
dium in Glasgow.
Borel copped the silver in the
women s shot put event while Gor-
don bagged the bronze in the men s
400 metres final.
"It feels awesome I m really
proud and happy to bring a medal
home for T&T. For our team, each
medal is precious so to be able to
do my job I feel happy. I wish that
I could do more," said a beaming
Borel, whose second attempt of
18.57 metres brought glory.
Despite being happy with her
medal, Borel was her biggest critic,
still feeling that she could have
"Today I was not technically
strong like I have been in the last
couple of weeks.
She also confessed that she tried
too hard on the last throw to get
past Valerie Adams of New Zealand,
the Olympic and world champion,
whose second toss won her the
gold, saying: "I ended up on the
Canadian Julie Labonte took the
bronze with a season s best 17.58.
T&T s other competitor in the
event, Annie Alexander fouled on
each of her three attempts.
The temperature dropped to 16
degrees Celsius but the track was
left scorching after the 400m final.
Gordon crossed in 44.78 seconds
behind favourite and eventual gold
medallist Kirani James (44.24) of
Grenada and South African Wayde
van Niekerk (44.68), who won the
"I kept telling myself keep going,
keep going. My hamstring was a
little tight from the cold but I decid-
ed to take it easy and feed off the
crowd and it worked for me," said
T&T other finalists Jarrin
Solomon placed sixth while Renny
Quow pulled up some 150 metres
from the line, holding his left thigh
and limped off.
"We were hoping for a one-two-
three like the Jamaicans girls but
it didn t happen I am just happy
to make the country proud again."
Gordon, Solomon and Quow are
members of the 4x400m team
which is expected to race tomorrow
in the relays.
Gordon, who was seen chatting
with Quow, as he limped off the
track assured that Quow is fine.
"He just felt a little tightness
because of the coldness.
"We have a good team. I feel we
will take the gold," said Gordon.
Jehue Gordon cruised into the
final of the 400m hurdles, clocking
49.42 to top the opening heat while
Emanuel Mayers 50.51 was not
quick enough to get him into the
Gordon, the world champion,
got out well from the blocks cleared
each hurdle with such that it was
clear to see he would take the heat
easily, basically strolling over the
The world champion said it was
not as easy as it looked, having to
battle with the chill that had moved
in for much of the morning ses-
"It s my first Commonwealth
Games. And it s just to give my
best. It was a good race, executed
good with a few minor mistakes
but that could be sorted out," said
"The final is about the best exe-
cution I could." He will get that
chance today at 3.15 pm.
He noted that the local camp
got thirsty for medals after Ayanna
Alexander won this country s first
medal on Tuesday.
"People want medals. The team
hasn t been performing the way
the public expected but it s just the
way how sport is. Nothing is guar-
anteed and at the end of day, it is
the best of the region we are com-
Alexander was back in action
yesterday in the long jump. How-
ever, she was unable to make it out
of the qualification round. Her best
jump was 5.77 which placed her
Deandra Daniel also attempted
the high jump but fell short. She
cleared the bar at 1.76m to place
Both Kyle Greaux and Rondell
Sorillo got through to the 200m
semifinals round, with the former
returning a time of 20.79 to finish
third in the 10th and final heat as
one of the fastest losers. Sorillo
took the final qualifying spot in
20.98 also placing third in the sec-
Jereem Richards was eliminated
despite finishing third in heat three
In the women s version, Reyare
Thomas qualified for the semifinals,
clocking 23.25 to finish third in heat
two. She will line up in second
semifinal heat from lane eight today
at 1.13 (T&T time)
Aleena Brooks, the lone local
runner in the 800m, made an early
exit, crossing in 2:06.33 to place
sixth in her heat and was 21st over-
Dexter St Louis and his step-
daughter Rheann Chung suffered
a 3-1 (11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4) beating
by Indian duo Amlaraj Anthony
Arputhara and Suhas Madhurika
Patkar in the round of 32 mixed
Earlier, the T&T duo beat Dinesh
Deshappriya and Hansani Piumila
of Sri Lanka to advance from the
round of 64.
In the round of 128 of the mixed
doubles, T&T pair Aaron Wilson
and Catherine Spicer beat Kane
Watson and Yvonne Foster of
Jamaica, 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-7).
Curtis Humphreys and Ashley
Quashie fell to Wales Conor
Edwards and Angharad Phillips, 3-
2 (5-11), 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8) while
Aleena Edwards and Yuvraaj
Dookram suffered the same fate
to S Akayade and Celia Baah-Danso
(3-2), 11-8, 3-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3.
Colin Ramasra and Kale Wilson
lost to Scott Fitzgerald and David
Haley, (2-0) 11-3, 11-6 group play
in the men s doubles competition.
In the women s doubles, local
duo Charlotte Knaggs and Kerri
Sample failed to make it out of the
Pool stages, losing their final two
matches to Lynette Val and Eli
Webb of Papua Nu Guinea, 2-1
(11-6, 10-11, 11-10) and English-
women Jenny Duncalf and Laura
Massaro 2-0 (11-2, 11-4).
While in the mixed doubles,
Ramasra partnered with Sample
and topped Xavier Koeni and
Vanessa Florens (Mauritius), 2-0
(11-3, 11-5) to have a win and a loss
following Tuesday s defeat to Eng-
The national netball team heads
back to the SECC today to face
hosts Scotland in the ninth and
10th playoff match in the 12-team
competition. Also Barbados will
battle St Lucia in the 11th and 12th
Aaron Prince s journey at the
20th edition of the games came to
end when he was beaten by Indian
fighter Vijender Singh in the mid-
dleweight (75 kg) division in a unan-
Usain Bolt in controversy
GLASGOW---Still days away from running,
Usain Bolt was at the centre of a controversy at
the Commonwealth Games yesterday for
apparently criticising his games experience so
far.The Times of London says it spoke to Bolt as
he left the athletes' village in Glasgow on
Tuesday, and quoted him as saying he was "not
really" having fun in Glasgow and the games
were "a bit s---."
Bolt tweeted yesterday that "I'm waking up to
this nonsense" and called the report "lies."
Bolt spent Tuesday mixing with Prince
William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry.
Yesterday, he watched the Jamaica netball team
lose to New Zealand, and was blocked by his
manager from the media, saying only
"awesome" to questions about his opinion of the
His status as the world's fastest man was
safe on the track, where Michael Mathieu of the
Bahamas was the fastest qualifier into the
semifinals of the 200 metres.
Mathieu, Andre de Grasse of Canada and
Danny Talbot of England were the leading
runners among 24 to advance to today's
semifinals, ahead of the final that evening.
The Bahamian timed 20.55 seconds, well
outside the world record of 19.19 held by Bolt,
who is limiting himself, following a left foot
injury, to only Jamaica's 4x100-metre relay on
Elsewhere at the games yesterday:
DIVING GOLD: The Canadian team of
Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won gold
in the women's synchronized 10-metre platform,
the first diving event at the Royal
Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
NO HEADGUARDS CRITICISED: Australian
Daniel Lewis was ruled out of the welterweight
quarterfinal after failing a medical check, and he
called for headguards to be restored for amateur
fighters. Lewis had a badly cut eye after beating
Kehinde Ademuyiwa of Nigeria on Monday.
Lewis did not recover sufficiently in time to
meet Mandeep Jangra of India in his next bout,
so Jangra was given a walkover. Lewis criticised
a move last year to remove headguards from
amateur male fighters, with experts suggesting
they contributed to concussions. "For all these
people debating about headgear for amateurs,
bring the headgear back 100 per cent," Lewis
said. "When you have to fight five times in a
week this ... ruins people's dreams."
NO GOALS: Wales and Malaysia both failed
to score any goals in their field hockey matches
at the games. Not surprisingly, they played to a
scoreless draw in their final match against each
other and didn't score in any of their previous
three group games. It was also the first time in
Commonwealth Games history that a group
game had ended without either team scoring.
ENGLAND FIRST: In gymnastics, Max
Whitlock of England won gold in the men's all-
around individual gymnastics final with a score
of 90.631 points. Daniel Keatings of Scotland
took the silver and Nile Wilson of England
earned the bronze.
Cleopatra Borel, right, earns the admiration of Keshorn Walcott ,
coach Ishmeal Lopez and the T&T team physio from Cuba, following
her success in the shot put yesterday.
New Zealand 12 10 14
South Africa 9 10 12
Papua N'Guinea 1 1 0
Northern Ireland 0 1 1
IsleofMan 0 1 0
Bangladesh 0 1 0
Mozambique 0 1 0
Borel, Gordon light up
T&T camp with medals
AT A GLANCE
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