Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 1st 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 1, 2014
GLASGOW---Nijel Amos of Botswana turned the
tables on Olympic champion David Rudisha to win the
800-metre gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
on a cool, rainy night at Hampden Park.
Amos, who finished second to Rudisha at the 2012
London Games, cut outside with about 30 metres to
go and swept past the world record holder from
Kenya, who finished second, .30 seconds behind.
Amos' training partner, Andre Olivier of South Africa,
took the bronze.
"To me, he will always be a hero," Amos said, patting
Rudisha on the back.
Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria won the 200 to
complete the 100-200 sprint double, and Rasheed
Dwyer led a medal sweep for Jamaica in the men's
"It wasn't really favourable weather," Okagbare said.
"But two gold medals, that's something to celebrate."
Sally Pearson, the 2012 Olympic champion from
Australia, qualified fastest for today's 100 hurdles final
despite having to deal with some off-track drama.
Eric Hollingsworth, head coach of the athletics
team, was ordered to return home as punishment for
releasing an unauthorised statement criticising
Pearson for not attending a pre-Glasgow training
Pearson easily won her heat---the second of three---
then waved to the crowd and smiled at a group of
Australian supporters in the stadium.
Shiva Gowda won the men's discus, ending India's
56-year gold medal drought in men's athletics at the
games. The last and previously only male Indian to
claim a gold medal in athletics was Milkha Singh in the
440-yard race at the Cardiff Games in 1958.
Elsewhere around the games:
TIME TRIAL STARS: Alex Dowsett used the
disappointment of missing the Tour de France as
motivation to win a gold medal in the time trial on the
streets of Glasgow. The Tour began in England and
went through his home county of Essex. But an
untimely bout of bronchitis meant Dowsett could not
ride for his Movistar team. "I fought like I've never
fought before," the English cyclist said. "No one
wanted that more than me today. It was bitter
disappointment not being selected for the Tour de
France. I spent the whole month fairly angry, not at
anyone in particular, just angry at the situation."
Denmark-born New Zealander Linda Villumsen won
the women's race, ending a four-year run of silvers in
GUARDS REMOVED: Three security guards were
removed from duties after reports they took selfies
with Usain Bolt. The security company issued a
statement saying the staff were removed from the
games' training facilities after breaching conditions of
their employment. The three are still employed by the
company but are working elsewhere.
DIVING IN EDINBURGH: Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia
won the men's 3-metre springboard from 1-metre
champ Jack Laugher of England, who botched his fifth
dive. Meaghan Benfeito of Canada took gold in the
women's 10-metre platform, her final dive overtaking
defending champ Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia.
HOCKEY SEMIS SET: Unbeaten Australia plays
England and New Zealand takes on India in the men's
field hockey semifinals Saturday. The medal finals are
Sunday. South Africa plays Canada for fifth place.
GYMNASTICS GOLD: Max Whitlock of England
won the men's artistic gymnastics floor final,
becoming the first man at the games to win three
golds, having taken the individual all-round title and a
team event. Scott Morgan of Canada won the men's
rings, Claudia Fragapane of England the vault, and her
teammate Rebecca Downie took gold on the uneven
COMING UP: On Friday, Usain Bolt and Jamaica's
4x100-metre relay team attempt to qualify for the
final on Saturday. It's Bolt's only race in Glasgow, and it
will be interesting to see the reaction he gets from the
crowd after he made reported disparaging remarks
about the city and the games to a newspaper reporter.
Jehue Gordon knows how to get the job
He came with a plan, executed it well
enough to emerge with the silver medal in
the Men s 400 metres hurdles final at the
Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow,
Not even the rain could dampen the mood
of T&T supporters at a cold Hampden Park
Stadium as Gordon ran a season best 48.75
"I must say thanks to Jehovah God," said
the world champion, who had the T&T flag
proudly draped over his shoulders. "It s been
a rough season and at the end of the day
I have produced when I needed to and I got
another medal for T&T.
"Another medal to the tally and hopefully
the team will continue to collect more
medals throughout the championships."
He finished behind South African Cornel
Fredericks, who won gold in a time of 48.50.
Third place finisher Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson
chased down Gordon in the final 20 metres
but the local hurdler battled to the end,
thrusting his body across the line, landing
spread-eagled on track to cement his second
place. Gibson went on to break his country s
national record with his 48.78.
"I was definitely sensing someone fast
approaching and I just wanted to make sure
that I had it covered so I just pushed my
whole body," said Gordon, who felt some
pain on his side. "Hopefully it s nothing
serious. I just have some pain on my upper
hip from the fall."
Jamaican Annsert Whyte, who was
described as a key medal contender, also
took a tumble after tripping over the hurdle
on the final bend, to crash out of the medal
Gordon gave T&T its fourth medal of the
Games. A silver from shot-putter Cleopatra
Borel and two bronze medals from Lalonde
Gordon in the men s 400m and Ayanna
Alexander in the women s triple jump.
In the final event of the night, Josanne
Lucas, who false-started in the 400m hur-
dles event, the day before, redeemed herself
by qualifying for the final of the 100m hur-
dles. She produced a time of 13.38 to place
second in heat two.
Other entrant, Deborah John ran 13.63
to place fifth in the final heat, elim-
Earlier, Rondell Sorrillo and Kyle
Greaux failed to advance to the final
of the men s 200m event.
Sorrillo was third in heat two
recording a time of 20. 57 just miss-
ing out as he placed ninth overall.
Greaux clocked 20.93 to place
seventh in the third and final heat
and held 19th spot from the 22 runners
It was a Jamaican sweep in the 200m
final with Rasheed Dwyer copping gold,
Warren Weir taking silver and Jason Liver-
more bagging bronze.
Reyare Thomas made a brilliant run out
in lane eight to finish third in 23.35 in the
second heat but did not qualify.
Annie Alexander finished 15th
in the Discus event with a best
toss of 47.73.
Gordon, Lalonde that is,
will go in search of a second
medal when he partners
with fellow quartermilers
Jarrin Solomon, Renny
Quow and world jun-
nio in the
The women s relay team will also be in
action today seeking to advance to tomor-
row s medal race.
Richard Thompson s and Keston Bled-
man s mission will also be to qualify for
the final of the Men s 4x100m relay.
The T&T sprinters failed to reach the
final of the 100m and are even more "fired
up" to get. Other members of the relay
squad are Marc Burns, Emmanuel Cal-
lender and Rondell Sorillo.
The women s 400m relay team (Kai
Selvon, Kamaria Durant, Reyare
Thomas, Lisa Wickham and
Deborah John) will look to
Both 4x400 teams
will be eyeing a similar
goal as they too line
up in their respec-
tive semifinal heat.
cott makes his
the Games today
in the qualifying
round of the
compete in the
second group of
4.40 pm (T&T
AT A GLANCE
Jehue gets the job done
Gordon is draped
with the national
flag after winning
the silver medal in
the 400 metres
hurdle at the
Games, in Scotland
Rudisha to second in 800
At Scotstoun Campus in the mixed
doubles competition, T&T had no success
with both teams falling in their pool matches.
Colin Ramasra and Kerri Sample lost to
Wales' David Evans and Deon Saffery, 2-0
(11-1, 11-6) in Pool F while in Pool D, Kale
Wilson and Charlotte Knaggs were also
beaten, 2-0 (11-2, 11-5) by Peter Creed and
Tesni Evans of Wales.
Still at Scotstoun, Aleena Edwards and
Catherine Spicer topped Botswana's team of
Boitshwarelo Butale and Magdeline Tshepiso
Rebatenne, 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-5) in the first
round of women's doubles.
The local duo advanced to play India's
Ankita Das and Poulomi Ghatak in the
second round but fell 3-0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-4).
Rheann Chung and Ashley Quashie met
Zhenhua Dederko and Ziyu Zhang of
Australia in their second round match and
they too were eliminated by a similar 3-0
margin, the scoreline reading 11-9, 11-9, 11-9.
Dexter St Louis and Chris Humphreys
went under to Singapore's Zi Yang and Jian
Zhan, 3-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-5) in the third
round, to be ousted in the men's doubles.
St Louis had better luck in the men's
singles competition, defeating Peter Graham
of Northern Ireland, 4-2, (11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-
5, 11-8, 11-9) and met Zhan again in the
round of 32.
It was the Singaporean emerging with the
4-0 victory to knock T&T's top table-tennis
player out the competition.
T&T hockey women showed a marked
improvement defensively but still went
under to Wales, 4-0 at the Glasgow National
Another dismal performance from T&T
netballers saw them crash to a 46-28 defeat
to host Scotland and had to settle for 10th
Today at the Scottish Exhibition and
Conference Centre (SECC), T&T boxer
Michael Alexander will look to take down
Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzgerald in the men's
lightweight division, going at the gold medal
as he already assured at least a bronze. The
two losing semifinalists will be awarded
T&T gymnast William Albert scored 70.331
to place last from 24 competitors in the
men's all-round final at the SSE Hydro on
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