Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 3rd 2014 Contents George Redmond, the local Labour coun-
cillor, grew up in Dalmarnock as one of six
children in a house with an outside toilet.
It is, he says, "one of the proudest times of
my life" to see supporters dressed in team
colours getting off the train at the local sta-
As the vice chair of Clyde Gateway, the
urban regeneration company in charge of
the 25-year redevelopment of the East End,
he is a passionate advocate of the steps that
have been taken to renew this part of Glas-
He recognises, however, that mistakes have
been made in persuading local people, alien-
ated over decades from having little say in
their own environment, that the investment
will bring them any benefit.
Ten thousand new homes and 20,000 jobs
are promised to the area as a result of the
Clyde Gateway project, of which the Games
are a key part.
The measure of a successful Games, he
says, "is that we ve got the appropriate
amenities in Dalmarnock, schools, good retail,
decent businesses that people get the oppor-
tunity to go to work for, houses that are a
mix of new people and indigenous Dal-
It s about people having the pride again
to say they come from Dalmarnock.
When Usain Bolt finally slipped into Ham-
pden Park shortly before 9.40 pm on Friday
night, it was not to catcalls but to an enor-
mous roar that began with a jolt of recog-
nition in one corner of the stadium and rap-
idly swelled to fill the entire stadium.
Two days after the Jamaican was quoted
in the Times describing the city s Common-
wealth Games as "a bit s**t", Glasgow had
decided either that it disbelieved the report
(Bolt denies saying the words) or, more likely,
that it didn t give a monkey s what he did
or didn t say. He was here, wasn t he?
Jamaica comfortably won the 4x100m relay
heat, with Bolt easing over the line on the
anchor leg in what looked like a jog.
Mobbed by reporters after the race, while
Clydesider volunteers and even adjudicating
officials hovered to take snaps on their
phones, Bolt said afterwards it had been a
"rough" couple of days, but insisted he had
never had concerns about his reception from
the Glasgow crowd.
"I was never worried, because I know my
true people know I would never say some-
thing like that. I always go to every country
with an open mind to see what they represent
and to enjoy it and understand the culture."
The Glasgow people, he said, "have been
wonderful to me." On Saturday he ll contest
the final and attempt, for a change, to make
the headlines for his sporting achievements.
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New homes, jobs promised to area
his name is
Mobbed by reporters
after the race, while
and even adjudicating
officials hovered to take
snaps on their phones,
Bolt said afterwards it
had been a "rough"
couple of days, but
insisted he had never had
concerns about his
reception from the
Claudia Fragapane, the 16-year-
old 4ft 6in Pocket Rocket from
Bristol, has been one of the great
stories of these Games and she did
not disappoint on the final day of
the gymnastics on Friday, writing
herself into the record books with
a glorious last chapter.
In claiming a fourth gold on the
floor to add to the three she had
won already in the vault, the all-
round and the team, Fragapane
became the first Englishwoman to
win four Commonwealth golds in
a single Games since the first edition
in 1930, when only 11 nations com-
peted. Only Sally Gunnell, with five
golds (and one silver) spread across
three Games, has ever won more
golds in total.
"I m speechless," Fragapane said
when told of the record, her face
"It s just incredible. I had nothing
to lose on the floor. It was my last
time competing here so I just went
out and enjoyed it. With the floor
routine, I can express myself and
just go wild, because I m so bouncy
and everything. It s just great."
Fragapane is as bouncy talking as
she is on the gym apparatus. And
it is not hard to see where she gets
her energy, what with her parents
living and breathing her every move
up in the stands.
Her father, incidentally, decided
to forego the Italian football top he
has been wearing this week but
could not totally disguise his her-
itage, opting for a red Ferrari polo
He has produced a high-octane
daughter. There was such an energy
about Fragapane s performance, such
innovation to the routine, that the
result never really seemed in doubt
and the judges score of 14.541 was
miles ahead of second-placed Lau-
ren Mitchell, of Australia, with
13.833. Elsabeth Black, of Canada,
took the bronze.
William Hill immediately installed
Fragapane as a 33/1 outsider to win
the BBC Sports Personality of the
Year trophy, predicting she could
"bother some of the big boys and
girls come award night." Quite a feat
for someone only born in 1997.
"I was six years old," Fragapane
said of her route into gymnastics.
"I was so bubbly, jumping all over
the house and my mum wanted me
to get me doing something so I
started off in Kingswood and
straightaway I just loved it. I liked
the determination and I wanted to
That determination was noted by
Beth Tweddle, the great trailblazer
for British gymnasts, who noted
Fragapane s work ethic.
"Claudia Fragapane is so special,
and so talented. She has a great
work ethic. When she s in the gym
and something isn t quite right, she
looks to her coach to find out how
she can do it better and works con-
stantly on it," Tweddle said.
"In gymnastics terms she s still
a baby but winning four golds will
give her so much confidence. They
have nicknamed her the Pocket
Rocket because she flies and has
so much power for her size."
Nowhere is that more obvious
than in her floor routine. Fragapane
had already passed up one oppor-
tunity for gold, coming fifth on the
beam, before attacking her final
event with gusto. She said it reflect-
ed her personality.
"Yes it does, my floor routine is
very bubbly and hip hoppy. Gym-
nastics is about needing to love it
and going for it 100 per cent."
If Fragapane s performance was
the highlight of the final day, then
Daniel Purvis s gold in the parallel
bars was the most popular with the
Englishwoman is first
to win four gold medals
...in a single Games
Claudia Fragapane shows off her medals.
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