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Trinidad and Tobago's Michael Alexander and Aaron Prince have both reached the quarter finals of their respective weight divisions at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,

Alexander will face Barbadian C Breedy tonight (Tuesday) at 7.00 pm UK time in the men's  lightweight (65kg)division.Alexander is ranked 15th in the world by the World Boxing Association.In 2013 he won bronze at the Pan Am Championships in Chile,and in 2014,bronze at the Giraldo Cordova  Cardin International Tournament in Cuba.This is his first Commonwealth Games.


Prince,fighting in the men's middleweight (75 kg)division,will meet V Vijender of India tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8.30 pm.Prince was a bronze medallist at the 2010 CAC Games.This is his second Commonwealth Games.


Coaches Reynold Cox and Floyde Trumpet both expect their charges to go all the way to the finals.

Ken Jaikaransingh



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T&T Gymnast William Albert arrived at the village last  Tuesday morning
and is hard at work.  He did a light workout on Tuesday just after
checking in to overcome the jet lag.

During Wednesday and Thursday's training he was able to do his full
routines on all six events with no major faults. He looks
exceptionally well prepared as he went through his workout making
minor adjustments as he feels out the GymNova equipment which is new
to him.

He expects to  have all the kinks ironed out come Monday when he
begins his competition at the SSE Hydro Arena, start time 1:30pm, UK
time .

Meanwhile,in squash,Kale Wilson defeated   lefty  Daniel Zammit-Lewis
from Malta 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

The see-saw encounter was determined in the crucial 5th game.Wilson
stamped his authority on the match by going ahead 10-4, but then
suddenly Zammit-Lewis was managing  to keep every ball in play.

Wilson was forced to really earn the match and although he made a
couple of  unforced errors, the initial lead was too large. He finally
took the match at 10-9 , a long gruelling rally ending in a winning
drive by Wilson

Later,in a much-anticipated match between two rival Caribbean players
Wilson also  defeated  Bruce Burrowes of Jamaica 9-11, 11-5, 6-11,
11-6, 11-6 .

In the first game, the play was a bit high-paced but very scrappy.
Close to the end of the game, some  bad choices and errors turned the
game in favour of the Jamaican who closed it off 11-9

In the second, Wilson was never in trouble and won the game 11-5,but
Burrowes  broke away and won the 3rd game 11-6.The final two games
were almost identical. Wilson played a tremendously patient  game,and
was in command for the 4th and 5th games winning 11-6, 11-6 to take
the match 3-2.

In the women’s squash  tournament,Charlotte Knaggs defeated Colette
Sultana  who withdrew due to injury,but then lost to Anaka Alankamony
(IND) 4-11, 6-11, 7-11.

Knaggs had a slow start but eventually tightened up her shots a bit
after losing the first game 11-4. She began to create some chances
with her pace and her opponent made a few unforced errors.

However, Alankamony’s short game was just a bit too strong.
She soon began to raise her game and took advantage of any loose ball
that set up an opening. Knaggs was doing a lot of running but was
retrieving well to stay in the points. Despite Knagg's persistence and
a few well-structured points and winning shots, the Indian #3 for
their team proved to be the better player.

Kale Wilson now advances to the men’s plate quarter-final  against
Hardeep Reel from Kenya.



T&T relay teams in World Junior action today

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...Cedenio dominates 400m heats

T&T’s two highly rated 4x100m relay teams will attempt to book a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals, at the IAAF World Junior Championships, in Eugene, Oregon, when they contest the women and men’s heats from 9.05 pm today.

The two relay heats will following individual performances from Shakiel Waithe and Akila Mc Shine, who will line-up in the preliminaries of the men’s javelin and the girls’ 100m hurdles.

McShine, whose personal best stands at 13.91 seconds will line up in heat five at approximately 2 pm. then at around 3.45 pm, Shackiel Waithe, whose season best of 72.75m (fifth best in the line-up) will attempt to qualify out of the preliminaries with the intention of attaining success similar to Keshorn Walcott, who won gold two years ago.

T&T’s men’s 4x100m relay team (Jonathan Farinha, John Mark Constantine, Holland Cabare, Micah Ballantyne, Akanni Hislop and Aaron Lewis), is expected to run its first heat just after 9.40 pm, following the girls’ attempt at the same distance. The girls’ .team includes Zakiya Denoon, Aaliyah Telesford, Kayelle Clarke, Mauricia Preito and Trishelle Leacock.

Successful teams will advance directly to the final carded for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, action on Wednesday night saw Jonathan Farinha, one of T&T’s best prospects at precious metal finish eighth from as many athletes in the Men’s 100m final. He clocked 10.47 seconds. American pair Kendal Williams and Trayvon Bromell took a top-two finish in 10.21 and 10.28 seconds, respectively. He returned to action in the 200m heats, yesterday afternoon where he placed 11th overall with a 21.11 mark.

The semifinals were carded for 9.40 pm. The final will run at 11.10 tonight.

T&T’s junior world leading 400m runner, Machel Cedenio, had a strong performance as he blistered in the heats to qualify easily for last night’s 400m semifinal. Cedenio clocked 45.90 seconds, while USA’s Tyler Brown and Alexander Sampao of Kenya ran 45.97 and 46.21 seconds as the second and third fastest qualifiers, respectively.

The men’s 400m final ran after press time last night. Ruebin Walters, who ran the seventh fastest time overall in the men’s 110m hurdles semifinals, also contested the final after press time. He ran 13.61 seconds in the semifinal, after running 13.76 in the heats.



No medal for Farinha at World Juniors

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Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Jonathan Farinha finished eighth in the Men’s 100m final Wednesday night when the second night of the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships continued in Eugene, Oregon.

Farinha, running out of lane seven, was last across the line in 10.47 in a race won by USA’s Kendall Williams in a personal best of 10.21.

That was an upset as Williams’ compatriot, pre-Games favourite and current world junior record holder Trayvon Bromwell  could only clinch silver in 10.28 with Japan’s Asian junior record-holder Yoshihide Kiryu  taking the bronze in 10.34.

Barbados’ Levi Cadogan was fourth (10.39), Antigua’s Cejhae Greene fifth (10.43), Great Britain’s Ojie Eduburun sixth (10.45) and Canada’s Andre Azonwanna seventh (10.46) in a competitive and close final. Bromwell would have been disappointed as the University of Baylor freshman ran a 9.97 world record at this same track back in June at the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Track and Field Championships.

After press time last night, two other male T&T athletes were scheduled to take part in finals.

The one with the best medal chance was T&T’s Machel Cedenio.

On Wednesday, Cedenio topped the field in the last semi-final, heat  three, to advance to the final in 45.90 ahead of Lamar Bruton-Grimmage in 46.67. Cedenio’s time was the fastest out of the semi-finals.

In the Men’s 110m hurdles , Reubin Walters earned a final spot as the second of the two fastest losers.

He was fourth in his semi-final heat two of three in 13.61 behind GBR’s David Omoregie 13.36, France’s Benjamin Sedecias (13.45) and Spain’s Franciso Lopez (13.55)

Also after press time last night, Farinha was trying to rebound with a better showing in the Men’s 200m semi-final heats.

In the heats, Farinha qualified easily for the semi-final round,  winning heat six of nine in 21.11 ahead of Brazil’s Vitor Hugo Dos Santos in 21.33

And T&T’s female representative in the 200m, Kayelle Clarke also moved on to the semi-final round when she was second in heat four of seven in 24.00,  a heat won by USA’ s Jada Martin (23.62)

On Wednesday, in the women’s 100m semi-final T&T’s Zakiya Denoon and Aaliyah Telesford both finished seventh in their semi-final heats one and three respectively and failed to advance to the final. Denoon stopped the clock in 12.13 while Telesford clocked 11.94.




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Both T&T's Men's and Women's hockey teams lost their pool games against
their respective New Zealand opponents at the Commonwealth

On Friday evening,a fit and finely tuned New Zealand women's team took
advantage of the youth,inexperience and inadequacies of our women to
hand out a 14-0 thrashing. Seven goals were scored on either side of
the half. New Zealand forced 12 penalty corners, resulting in 4 of their
total, while T&T could only muster one in reply.

On Saturday morning,T &T's Men's team could muster nothing like the
energy they showed against England in their previous game,albeit in a
losing cause. New Zealand clobbered T&T 8-0,with 4 goals in each
half.Three of NZ's goals came directly from penalty corners, while
another three resulted from rebounds.T&T were unable to force a single
penalty corner in the game,and the NZ goalkeeper was not called upon
to make a single save.

Both teams face Canada's women and men on Sunday 27,hoping for better results.