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A silver and two bronze medals, a nice
haul for T&T on the final day of track and
field at the Commonwealth Games at the
Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow in
Scotland. Keshorn Walcott came in second
in the javelin event, while both men's relay
teams placed third in their respective finals.
Walcott, known for coming good early,
tossed the javelin 82.13 metres in his first
attempt to take control after the first round.
He remained in the lead for the next round
until Julius Kiplangat of Kenya heaved the
spear 83.87 metres into the rainy skies, which
eventually won him the gold on a wet and
slippery track due to the rainy weather all
day. "The conditions obviously weren't the
best so to get silver is pretty good for me,
especially with last year. It's been tough and
to come back and win silver is great," said
the 2012 London Olympic champion. Wal-
cott came close in his final attempt but it
landed at a distance of 82.67. "I put a lot
of pressure on myself with the last throw
unfortunately I couldn't reach him. "This
is my second senior medal and obviously
I always wanted better for this competition
but I'm happy with the silver." Back on the
track, Jamaica dominated both the men's
and women's 4x100m relays.
T&T team of Richard Thompson, Keston
Bledman, Rondel Sorrillo and Marc Burns
combined for a time of 38.10 seconds to
finish third, behind a Usain Bolt led Jamaican
team, who won in 37.58 in the feature race
of the night.
At the sound of "on your marks" from
the starter, the packed house went silent
and even the rain paused, awaiting the blast
that sent off one of the quickest relay races
in the Games 20-year history.
After some neat exchanges from Jason
Livermore to Kemar Bailey-Cole, to Nickel
Ashmeade to Bolt, the Jamaicans set the
pace of the relay and notched a Common-
wealth record of 37.58. The old record (38.20)
was set by England, 16 years ago at the
Kuala Lumpur Games. T&T too had some
precise interchanges with Bledman leading
off the red, white and black, handing over
to Burns then onto Sorrillo and finally to
Thompson, who ran a brilliant fourth leg.
Bolt had pulled ahead and it was T&T and
England battling for the second place. It
was the Englishmen though, finished just
ahead of the local boys in second place in
a time of 38.02 seconds.
"Underperforming in the 100m, I felt as
though I owed T&T something. We could
have won two medals there," said a much
happier Thompson, after the race. "We are
still not fully satisfied with a bronze medal
we felt that we could have done better but
we give God thanks and praise for the medal."
"We hope we can build on this for world
championship next year and Rio (Brazil
Olympics) in 2016. We just have to keep
pushing and hopefully we will get more
medals in the future."
Bledman too, was heartbroken after failing
to reach the 100m medal race. He said,
"This medal is for my daughter. I felt like
I disappointed her in 100m so this medal
is for her."
Earlier, Lalonde Gordon won his second
medal of the Games, guiding the men's
4x400m team that included Jarrin Solomon,
Renny Quow and Zwede Hewitt to bronze
"We came out wanting to get gold, but
you can't always win so we we're happy
with bronze," said Solomon, who produced
a great second leg, taking the lead on the
straight to hand over to Quow.
"The changeovers went okay. On the third
to the fourth le we fell on the rail, which
slowed us a little,"
Quow held on to the lead into the third
leg and after the final exchange to Hewitt,
he slipped and fell onto the track. This hin-
dered Hewitt somewhat but he stayed out
front with both England's Matthew Hud-
son-Smith and Chris Brown of the Bahamas
on his heels. The duo chased him down and
overtook Hewitt with under 200 metres to
go.Hudson-Smith went on to pilot England
to the gold in 3:00.46 and Bahamas stayed
on for the silver in 3:00.51.
In the women's 4x100 relays, T&T's team
of Deborah John, Reyare Thomas, Lisa Wick-
ham and Kamaria Durant placed eighth in
Jamaica's team of Kerron Stewart, Veronica
Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the gold medal
bettering the Games' record. Nigeria took
silver (42.92) and England (43.10) the Bronze.
Jamaica also dominated the women's 4x400,
copping gold in 3:23.82, another Games'
record. T&T's quartet of Shawna Fermin,
Domonique Williams, Janeil Bellille and
Romona Modeste placed sixth in 3:33.50.
Second was Nigeria in 3:24.71 and England
was third in 3:27.24.
T&T ends the Games with eight medals--
three silver and five bronze--much of which
came from track and field.
Also winning medals were shot-putter
Cleopatra Borel (silver), hurdler Jehue Gordon
(silver), Ayanna Alexander (bronze) and boxer
Michael Alexander (bronze).
GLASGOW---On a soggy track following tor-
rential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth
Games a display of showmanship and speed to
anchor Jamaica's 4x100-metre relay team to gold
and glory in record time yesterday.
Jamaica finished ahead of England in a games-
record 37.58 seconds as the six-time Olympic gold
medalist became a Commonwealth champion for
the first time, enhancing the status of an event
that can appear an anachronism in the modern
Many doubted whether Bolt would turn up in
Glasgow, having skipped the last two editions and
being sidelined with a left foot injury earlier in
2014. The individual sprints were avoided, but the
world's fastest man made it clear that he craved
a Commonwealth gold in his already illustrious
In a week when Bolt denied he had been dis-
paraging about Glasgow, his affection for Scotland's
biggest city was unmistakable. The crowd didn't
need winning over, but they were quickly wowed
by the theatrics before running 100 metres, with
Bolt dancing along to Scottish pop anthem "500
DOPING: A former 400-metre world champion
has become the second Commonwealth Games
athlete to fail a doping test in Glasgow. Amantle
Montsho of Botswana tested positive for the banned
stimulant methylhexaneamine after surrendering
her Commonwealth title on Tuesday by coming
fourth in the women's 400-metre final.
The Commonwealth Games Federation
announced that Montsho had been suspended at
a hearing on Saturday in Glasgow. Montsho
requested that her backup sample be tested, which
will happen on Monday in London. The CGF
announcement came a day after 16-year-old
weightlifter Chika Amalaha was stripped of her
gold medal after a doping hearing.
HISTORY-MAKER: Two years after winning the
inaugural Olympic title, Nicola Adams on Saturday
also become the first female Commonwealth Games
boxing champion. The 31-year-old Adams from
England beat Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh
in the four-round flyweight contest via a split
"Again I've managed to create history," Adams
said. "It's on to Rio (2016 Olympics). It's the next
step. I've been thinking of this since the London
2012 Olympics. To think I've finally got it is unbe-
lievable. It's a massive sigh of relief and now I can
relax a bit."
It was England's 50th gold in Glasgow, where
the team is on course to finish top of the medal
standings for the first time since 1986 and end
Australia's 20-year Commonwealth dominance.
REPEAT FINAL: India will have a chance on Sun-
day to avenge its loss to Australia in the men's
hockey final at the New Delhi Games in 2010.
While Australia eased past England 4-1 in the
semifinals, India had to come from two goals down
to beat New Zealand 3-2.
"We will look at the (2010) video and analyze
our mistakes and do better this time," India captain
Rupinder Singh said.
HEADGEAR DEFENCE: The International Boxing
Association said there had been no concussions
at the competition through Saturday's medal rounds
while defending a decision to stop using headgear
for male competitors at the games. Officials have
cited medical statistics showing headgear can cause
jarring to boxers' heads and contribute to concus-
sions. Some trainers and boxers called for headgear
to be reintroduced, however, due to the grueling
schedule of bouts in events as short as these games.
Walcott settles for silver
BRONZE MEDAL: T&T men's 4X100m relay team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Rondel Sorrillo and Richard Thompson finished third inn
38.10 seconds behinf champs Jamaica and Great Britain. PHOTO: MARK DAVIDSON
...relay men bag bronze
Commonwealth Games 2014
AT A GLANCE
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