Cleopatra Borel booked her place into her first World Outdoor finals when she finished third in her qualifying round of the women’s shot put at the 13th IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea yesterday. Borel threw the iron ball out to 18.95m on her third and final attempt over the required mark of 18.65m. The Baltimore, USA-based athlete will contest the finals carded for today 7.40am (TT time)/8.40pm (Daegu time). Borel opened her account with 18.20m and then improved to 18.40 to be in 11 eleventh position with one round to go.  In her final throw the Mayaro resident threw out 18.95m to take one of the automatic spost.

The 2010 Commonwealth silver medallist had not been successful in making the finals in her three previous appearances at the “Worlds.” Speaking after the competition an estatic Borel said all the hard work has paid off. The reigning Central Ameican and Caribbean (CAC) champion said she was relieved to have gotten through the group stage of the competition. “Going into the next round is like a next regular track meet for me. The qualification phase has been my Achilles’ heel. They have been tough for me,” she said, adding that she was more confident this time around. “I felt like I had more control. It was not just luck. Hard work and a lot of luck came together. I felt prepared for this.”  Kelly-Ann Baptiste lead the local female sprinters into the semifinals of the women’s 100m. In the first round yesterday, Baptiste blazed to victory in heat five in 11.27 seconds. The 24-year-old was a convincing winner over Chisato Fukushina (Japan) and Rosangela Santos (Brazil).

Michelle Lee Ahye was third in heat 4 in 11.20 seconds, grabbing one of the tree automatic spots. The 19-year-old Pan American Junior Champion’s time is an improvement on her personal best from 11.22 set on July 10. Semoy Hackett made it to her second World Championships semis with a fourth place finish in heat four in 11.27.  The Louisiana state University student advanced as a “fastest loser.” Hackett felt she could have given a much improved performance had she been in the pack and not the inside lane. Lee Ahye was happy with her personal best and is going for improvement the semifinals. The semifinals are carded for 6.30am (TT)/7.30pm (Daegu) with Lee Ahye running out lane 7 in the first heat while Hackett is listed in the second race and starts in lane 2. Baptiste will run in the third heat from lane 3. The trio will seek to finish in the top two to be assured of a place in the final set for 8.45 am/9.45 pm.

W 100m-Round 1
Heat 2 (Wind +1.4m/s)
1    Kerron Stewart    Jamaica    11.13
2    Ruddy Zang Milama    Gabon    11.20
3    EzinneOkparaebo    Norway    11.21
4    Semoy Hackett    11.27q
Heat 3 (+1.0)
1    Ivet Lalova    Bulgaria    11.10
2    Oludamola Osayomi    Nigeria    11.15
3    Michelle Lee Ahye    T&T    11.20Q pb
Heat  5 (+0.1)
1    Kelly Ann Baptiste    T&T    11.27

W Shot Put-Qualification
1    Valarie Adams    New Zealand    19.79
2    Lijiao Gong    China    19.21
3    Christina Schwannitz        19.20
4    Nadzeya Ostapchuk    Belarus    19.11
5    Jillian Camarena-Williams    USA    19.09
6    Anna Omarova    Russia    19.03
7    Cleopatra Borel    T&T    18.95Q


By Clayton Clarke

Daegu, Korea - Following his disqualification from the men's 100m final last night, a race which was won by his countryman and training partner Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Olympic champion and World record holder for the 100m has this afternoon issued the following statement:

“Firstly I would like to congratulate my team mate Yohan Blake and the other athletes who won the medals.  

Of course I am extremely disappointed not to have had the chance to defend my title due to the false start.  I was feeling great through the rounds and was ready to run fast in the final.  I worked very hard to get ready for this Championships and things were looking good.    

However I have to move on now as there is no point to dwell on the past.  I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m on Friday.  After this I have the 4x100m and a few other races before the end of the season.  I know that I am now in good shape and will focus on running well in the 200m.        

Thanks to all the people who sent me good wishes and I will try my best to make you proud in the 200m.”

Usain Bolt (JAM)


August 29 - Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) chairman Lieutenant Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga has been banned from attending the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand after officials in Wellington refused to give him a visa to enter the country.

The competition is due to get underway on September 9 and the Fiji team have already arrived in New Zealand ahead of the competition but Tikoitoga, who is commander of the Fiji military's land forces, was not allowed to travel with the squad.

New Zealand has barred Fijian soldiers from entering the country since the military seized control of the Government in a 2006 coup, saying it wants democracy restored in the Pacific nation.

New Zealand have previously led calls for Fiji to be suspended from the Commonwealth, a move that prevented the country from competing in last year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year.

Murray McCully, New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for the Rugby World Cup, said Tikoitoga's application to accompany the national side during the tournament was received last week and immediately refused.

"The sanctions are there for a reason and banned means banned," said McCully.

The ban prevents members of the self-appointed Government, their families, and military members from travelling to New Zealand although Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa was exempted from the sanctions earlier this month to attend the tournament after he resigned from the military.

Tikoitoga was appointed head of the FRU in May after the Government claimed that they had lost faith in the previous regime.

Tikoitoga went to Nadi Airport to wish the Fiji team well ahead of their flight to New Zealand and joked that he was "still waiting to hear about his own visa" but there will be no chance of him now attending the event, like two other members of the delegation who refused to resign from the military.

"These are people who are not parting company with any military regime," added McCully.

"They're just people who want to come and see the rugby matches and we're not yielding on the sanctions in that respect."


By Tom Degun

Jamaica's Usain Bolt was disqualified from the final of the men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships as countryman Yohan Blake took gold.
Defending champion Bolt caused shock in the stadium in Daegu as he came out of his blocks well before the gun.
Blake clocked 9.92 seconds to lead home American Walter Dix (10.08) and 2003 world champion Kim Collins (10.09).
But much of the talk will centre on the fate of Bolt, who still has the 200m and 4x100m to come.
The triple world and Olympic champion beat a hasty retreat after his misfortune, although was quoted as saying: "Looking for tears? "Not going to happen. I'm OK."
Bolt, 25, later released a short comment via the IAAF website, saying: "I have nothing to say right now. I need some time."
Asked about the defence of his 200m title which begins on Friday, Bolt added: "How will I go? We'll have to see on Friday."
Bolt was his usual relaxed self before the race, preening when his name was announced, and the outcome will no doubt lead people to question both his preparation and the false-start rule.
Previously, athletes had been allowed one false start before being disqualified for a second, but new rules were introduced by governing body the IAAF for the start of the 2010 season.
While Blake, 21, had sympathy for his training partner he nevertheless was overwhelmed by his unexpected triumph.
"I don't think I can find words to explain it, I feel like I want to cry," he said. "I have been praying for this moment, this is all a dream for me right now.
"Usain Bolt has been there for me. I felt I would win the race for Bolt."
Dix, a double Olympic bronze medallist, added: "I didn't really think they were going to kick him out. How can you kick Usain out of the race?"
The 35-year-old Collins, meanwhile, questioned the validity of the false-start rule after picking up his third World Championships bronze medal.
"I don't think it is right. These things happen but you have to give people a chance," said the St Kitts and Nevis athlete.

"If the IAAF feel that is the right way to go for TV rights and everything, the rule will stay. As much as I want to be on the podium, tonight is a sad night for athletics."
Bolt, 25, has dominated the sprinting world in recent years: after storming to the 100m and 200m sprint double in then-world record times at the 2008 Olympics, Bolt matched his feat the following year at the Worlds in Rome, setting new marks of 9.58 and 19.19.
The 100m in Daegu had already been deprived of the three previous fastest men this year - Bolt's team-mates Asafa Powell and Steve Mullings and American Tyson Gay.


Blake is world champ

Yohan Blake was crowned 100 metres world champion when he stopped the clock at 9.92 seconds, at the Daegu Stadium.

Defending champion Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start, opening the door for his fellow-Jamaican and training partner to strike gold.

American Walter Dix picked up silver in 10.08 seconds, finishing just ahead of Kim Collins, the veteran St Kitts and Nevis sprinter bagging bronze in 10.09.

Richard, Keston out in semis

Richard “Torpedo” Thompson and Keston Bledman exited at the semi-final stage of the men’s 100 metres event.

Bledman finished fifth in heat one in 10.14 seconds, missing out on a championship race berth by the narrowest of margins. Antigua’s Daniel Bailey, who was fourth in the same race, also clocked 10.14, and advanced to the final as the second of two “fastest losers”. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake won the heat in 9.95.

Thompson finished third in heat two in 10.20 seconds. Defending champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica was first home in 10.05.

And veteran St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins topped the third and final heat in 10.08 seconds.

T&T sprint trio advance

Trinidad and Tobago enjoyed a perfect start to the women’s 100 metres event, all three sprinters advancing to the semi-final round. Kelly-Ann Baptiste led the way, the Florida-based athlete winning heat four in 11.27 seconds. Michelle-Lee Ahye made an impressive World Championship debut, the 19-year-old sprinter finishing third in heat three in a personal best 11.20 to advance automatically to the semis. And Semoy Hackett qualified as a “fastest loser” after finishing fourth in heat two in 11.27 seconds.

Quow in 400 semis

Renny Quow was impressive in the opening men’s 400 metres qualifying heat, the Trinidad and Tobago quarter-miler finishing second in 44.84 seconds—his fastest time this season. Grenadian Rondell Bartholomew copped the top spot in 44.82. Quow advanced to the semis as the fourth fastest qualifier, behind defending champion LaShawn Merritt (44.35) of the United States, Belgian Kevin Borlee (44.77) and Bartholomew. Another Grenadian, teenager Kirani James won heat four in 45.12 seconds.

In tomorrow’s semi-final round, Quow will do battle with Merritt and Borlee in the first of three heats. The top two in each heat earn an automatic berth in the final.

Borel safely through

Trinidad and Tobago’s Cleopatra Borel booked her spot in the women’s shot put final with a big 18.95 metres throw in today’s qualifying round. Thirteen throwers bettered the 18.65m automatic qualifying distance, reigning champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand leading the way with a 19.79m heave. Borel finished seventh overall.

Good session

Good morning, and welcome to Express Online’s Day 2 coverage of the IAAF World Championships, here in Daegu, Korea. Five Trinidad and Tobago athletes competed during the opening session, and all five progressed to the next round of competition.


By Kwame Laurence in Daegu

Sprinters Richard Thompson and Keston Bledman advanced to the men’s 100m semifinals on the opening day of the 13th World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea,  yesterday.
Thompson was third in the first heat in 10.34 behind former World champion Kim Collins (10.13) and American Trell Kimmons (10.32). The double Olympic silver medallist did not get the best of starts as Collins got out quickly and established an early lead. Thompson recovered and accelerated in latter part of the race and caught Kimmons but the American outleaned him on the line for the runner-up spot.
Bledman was also third in heat two (10.32) and like his compatriot in the previous race got out slowly. The 2005 World Youth bronze medallist ran a strong second half to secure one of the three automatic qualifying spots.

T&T’s other entrant Aaron Armstrong was eliminated after he could only finish fifth in the seventh and final heat. The 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was slow out of the blocks and was out of contention for a top three spot. Bledman and Thompson clocked the 13th and 18th times of the round while Armstrong was 29th overall. Defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt (Jamaica) was the quickest (10.10) ahead of compatriot Yohan Blake (10.12). In the semifinals carded for 5.30 am (6:30 pm-Daegu time) Bledman will line up in the first of three heats and will start out of lane 7. He will be seeking a top-two finish to be assured a place in the finals set for 7.45 am. Thompson is in the second race. The T&T national record holder (9.85) is listed to start in lane 7.

National shot put record holder Cleopatra Borel was in action late last night (9.29 pm) in the women’s shot put qualifying round. The two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist competed in the first group and had three attempts to get over the 18.65m standard needed to advance to carded for tomorrow (7.40 am TT time). Sprint queen Kelly Ann Baptiste headed the local female battle into the last night’s women’s 100m round one. Semoy Hackett and Michelle-Ahye were also in action.The trio was bidding for spots in tomorrow’s semifinals at 6.30 am (TT 7.30 pm). The finals are also on tomorrow at 8.45 am TT time.
Earlier reigning World Championships bronze medallist Renny Quow was among the starters in the men’s 400m lap heat one races. The 2009 third-place finisher in Berlin, Germany, began his quest for another medal from lane one in heat one. Zwede Hewitt was listed to compete in heat two from lane three. The local quartermilers were aiming at a top-four finish to secure a lane in tomorrow’s semis scheduled for 7 am.


August 27 - In the space of nine hours, Kenya re-stated their case as one of the great athletic nations by taking all six medals on offer in the first two events of the IAAF World Championships here.

First they swept up the road – as Edna Kiplagat won the marathon despite falling at a water stop, and was followed home by team-mates Prisca Jeptoo and Sharon Cherop in what was the first 1-2-3 by a single nation in a World or Olympic marathon.

Then came the attack on the track, as Vivian Cheruyiot won the 10,000 metres title, and her colleagues Sally Kipyego and reigning champion Linet Masai took the other medals.

Just for good measure Priscah Cherono – Kenya had four runners thanks to Masai's automatic right to defend her title – completed a 1-2-3-4 for the East African nation.

"I am really proud of what we did today, ," said Cheruiyot after finishing in a personal best of 30min 48.98sec.

"We have achieved something extraordinary for Kenya

She only made her debut at 10,000m this year, and will defend her World 5000m title later this week.

"Of course we all watched that race this morning," Cheruiyot added.

"And we were really inspired by our marathon runners doing so exceptionally well and achieving a unique result.

"We were really so happy and impressed that we said to ourselves that we have to continue this amazing success in the evening.

"Tomorrow I will come to the stadium and cheer on our runners in the men's 10,000m final.

They can win this one as well."

Kiplagat, last November's winner in New York City, crossed the finish unchallenged in 2 hours 28min 43sec despite having fallen in a collision which also floored her compatriot Cherop, who eventually took bronze.


By Mike Rowbottom in Daegu

Daegu, Korea – Clean sport received a tremendous boost this week in Korea, as the 202 national teams and the 1945 athletes they represent, who are competing at the IAAF World Championships, Daegu, Korea, which begin here today, gave their full support to IAAF’s unprecedented anti-doping campaign.

The IAAF announced on 11 August that it would be seeking to take blood samples of ALL athletes participating in Daegu 2011, and having contacted all Member Federations a month before the championships have been overwhelmed by the warm response that the initiative has received.

In the friendly, welcoming environment of the Athletes’ Village’s Sarbi Centre, which is named after the Championships’ Mascot, and house the competitions medical and anti-doping operations, athletes have been voluntarily coming to give blood.

The flow of athletes has been so strong that on the eve of the championships more than 1400 have come forward in a welcome sign of cooperation, which represents some 75% of the total entry list in Daegu 2011.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the athletes have been ‘eager’ to provide their blood, with many happy Daegu entrants confirming that they wanted to send a clear message to their peers that they had nothing to hide.

The programme of blood collection and analysis is at the core of the IAAF’s development of an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). Blood samples in Daegu are being collected with the full cooperation of the Local Organising Committee and KADA (the Korean Anti-Doping Agency), and is in addition to the usual in-competition testing of over 500 urine and blood samples which are always made at an IAAF World Championships.

Asafa Powell believes his chances at the London Olympics could have been at risk had he have competed in the 100m at the World Championships.
The 28-year-old Jamaican pulled out of the Daegu event with a groin injury initially suffered in the Diamond League in Birmingham last month.
And he said: "It's a very strong field so I can't go out there with pain and finish way back in the field and maybe not be able to be back for next year.
"I just couldn't risk that."
Powell's injury forced him to pull out of the recent Crystal Palace meeting, and he aggravated it when he returned to training ahead of Daegu.
"I'm very down right now because I've trained 11 months for this and to come here and not be able to compete, I feel very disturbed about it," Powell added.
"It was my plan to come here to win, to beat the entire field and I'm not able to do it. But definitely I had a great chance of winning.
"I'm very frustrated but over the years I've been injured and I keep going and keep going and this won't stop me. I'll just work my way back for next year.
"I'm motivated to really come back and just prove to the world I definitely can run fast and run fast under pressure."
Asked if he felt it was fate he would never win an individual global gold medal, he said: "Honestly, yes. I think about that a lot.
"Every time it comes to the big one there is always something that prevents me from getting it. But it's just life and I have to live with it and just hope for the best.
"I'll feel disappointed if I don't finish my career with a global title but I'll retire as one of the best sprinters that has ever touched the track and that's still something to be happy about."
Despite the injury, Powell's agent Paul Doyle told the BBC the sprinter could still be fit for the 4x100m relay on 4 September.
Powell clocked the fastest 100m time in the world this year - 9.78 seconds - at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne in June.
And his absence almost gives compatriot Usain Bolt a free run at both the 100m and 200m titles - races he scored world records in two years ago in Berlin.
Olympic champion Bolt told the BBC: "It's really sad. I can't imagine how [Asafa] is feeling that he's not able to compete after doing so well throughout the season.
"I was looking forward to it - it was going to be a showdown."
Asked if the race had lost something, Bolt said: "A lot of people are going to look at it like that but I can't because there are going to be seven other guys besides me.
"They haven't come out here to say, 'Usain's the fastest man in the world, let's give him a gold medal'. They've come to win so I'm really focused and I'm ready."
France's European 100m and 200m champion Christophe Lamaitre added: "Of course, it's very sad for Powell but I think it's a good opportunity for the rest of the sprinters."
The news also increases the chances of British sprinter Dwain Chambers making the final.
The 100m heats begin on Saturday in South Korea, with the final at 1245 BST on Sunday, while the 200m starts on Thursday 1 September.

altThe banners are flourishing at the roadside, all the way into downtown Daegu. A picture of Usain Bolt alongside a picture of Asafa Powell, and a single question: "Who's faster?"

Alas, the question is answered. Even if Bolt decides to do his Gully Creeper dance from gun to tape, he will be faster; his friend, team-mate and rival is out of the World Championship 100 metres, all ambition of finally earning the global gold to set alongside his world records ended by a groin injury.

It's sad. Speaking on the eve of the Samsung Diamond League meeting in London earlier this month, Powell was clearly viewing Daegu as his best opportunity to add a global title to his global times, and his words were backed by the world listings for 2011 which showed him top of the pile on 9.78sec, a full tenth of a second ahead of the double world and Olympic champion's best this year.

Other than winning the Commonwealth title in 2006 – narrowly – this amiable and laconic resident of Kingston has not earned any international championship gold since setting his first world record of 9.77 in 2005, having finished fifth at the 2008 Olympics and earned bronze medals at the last two World Championships.

Powell, who will turn 29 in November, hinted that he felt he only had a limited opportunity to create a happy ending for that narrative of frustration, a narrative that continued last year as he began in scintillating form only to have to drop out early with hamstring and back problems.

"First I'm glad that I am healthy and able to finish my season," he said. "I've been running well so far and I have posted some great times."

He added, with one of his wide smiles: "Great for me – not 9.58, but – it's good. And I'm really confident. I've really been thinking about the World Championships. I don't have much time, and I don't want to miss my chances again."

But Powell also sounded a warning note: "It's the last competition before the World Championships so everyone is being very cautious. We all want to get out of this being healthy."

As things turned out, he didn't run in London. He did not want to risk exacerbating the groin strain he had incurred the previous week while competing in Budapest.

But three weeks down the line, that caution has proved fruitless. Powell has ruled himself out of the individual event, although he holds out a faint hope of contributing to the sprint relay at the end of the Championships.

That decision, clearly, was unavoidable. But the manner in which the news leaked out here - in the course of a press conference jointly organised by Puma and the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) at the Daeduk Cultural Centre - was a masterpiece of mismanagement.

An event that ended in farce had begun as a circus, as hundreds of reporters and camera crews had filed – past two puzzlingly pointless bouncers – into the Dream Hall, an auditorium which had been chosen deliberately for its capacity ahead of what was likely to be the biggest pre-Championship draw for the world's media, with all Jamaica's top sprinters due to appear at some point.

Such gatherings, particularly when they are organised by shoe companies, always involve a complicit deal as far as the press is concerned.

For the majority of those seated, the key objective was to hear what Bolt and his main rival had to say for themselves about a meeting which promised to be one of the highlights of the World Championships.

Before that could happen, they would hear from others a little lower down the draw card.

And before that could happen, they would hear from Alfred "Frano" Francis, Executive Member of the JAAA and Puma Ambassador, and Grace Jackson, JAAA vice-president, on the subject of What Makes Jamaicans Run So Fast? And watch not one, but two videos, projected on a screen which descended towards the heads of those on stage with terrifying speed but thankfully passed just behind them.

And before that could happen, they would hear from Howard Aris, President of the JAAA, on the History of Jamaican athletics.

And before that could happen, they would hear from the pleasant but nervous young lady operating as moderator about all these things that what would be happening before the thing they had actually turned up for started happening.

Time passed.

The microphones were working only intermittently, so much of what Mr Aris had to say about the genesis of Jamaican sprinting went unheard.

There were still technical problems when Francis and Jackson took part in their awkward three-hander discussion with the increasingly fraught MC. Francis, clad in the black, green and gold of Jamaica and sporting a beanie hat, looked particularly uncomfortable as he hunched and shifted on one of the two couches on stage, both strewn with cushions of similarly themed colours.

If you wanted to sum the whole thing up, the term "strenuously relaxed" would probably cover it.

Francis looked even more ill at ease when our MC observed artlessly: "You wear a lot of hats in the world of running," a comment which drew a rumble of cruel laughter from scribes becoming ever more aware of their looming deadlines.

There followed an uninformative interlude with Jamaica's two pre-eminent 400m hurdlers, world and Olympic champion Melaine Walker  - "Melaine, that is the right spelling isn't it? Love that name" – and her close rival Kaliese Spencer.

Walker's microphone wasn't working. Then it was, but she wasn't using it. I caught a couple of phrases. I gathered she was "focused" for the forthcoming competition. There was much embarrassed laughter, and then it was all over.

Time passed.

altNow we were getting to the business end of the schedule with the appearance of the three other Jamaican men due to run the 100 metres along with the defending champion, who was to be the coup de theatre – Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.

But Asafa was not there. Instead, there was Michael Frater. Story.

"Asafa couldn't be here today," our MC trilled, before engaging the first of three very sheepish looking athletes in her own probing style. "Michael, can I ask you first – what are you hoping for from these Championships?"

Again, technical issues - I believe that is the phrase – made it difficult to make out much of the responses. But it did seem as if Frater had said something like this: "I didn't come here expecting to run the 100m, but unfortunately Asafa couldn't make it."

By now there was an unmistakeable buzz in the auditorium. Puma, the Jamaica AAA and our beleaguered MC had officially lost the dressing room. The agenda was being set by the audience.

One reporter - me, in fact – asked if Powell was fit. Startled, the moderator replied that she could not answer that question. I pointed out that I was not asking her, but the three athletes sitting in front of her who had been training with Powell. There was no answer.

Another reporter rose to ask if Frater had actually said what he appeared to have said. Again, three increasingly uneasy and silent athletes sat rigidly on their comfy sofa.

Eventually a journalist from a Jamaican TV company insisted that someone from team management simply state whether Powell was in or out.

There was a commotion, before Jackson responded that the technical committee was still meeting so there was no decision to be announced. "I can't comment," she said. "I'm not aware of that."

Now it was the world champion's turn to be put on the spot. With many-tongued rumour flying through the city – thankyou Twitter – a female Norwegian journalist asked what Bolt had to say about the fact that it was "99 per cent sure" that Powell was out of the 100m.

What was he supposed to do?

alt"Asafa is out?" Bolt asked, craning back in what you could only suppose was an attempt to get a steer on this one from an onlooking official. "That's the first I'm hearing about that. I can't really answer that question. I saw Asafa yesterday so I don't know."

It takes quite something to turn the arrival of Usain Bolt into a distraction from the main event, but on this occasion it was achieved.

All in all, a PR nightmare in the Dream Room.


altAugust 25 - Usain Bolt's task of defending his world 100 metre title here became easier here with the news that his friend and colleague Asafa Powell had withdrawn because a recurrence of the groin injury which prevented him running at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in London earlier this month.

A statement from Doyle Management, the firm that represents Powell, read: "Asafa Powell has officially withdrawn from the 100m event in Daegu citing a continued groin strain.

"Powell suffered a groin strain in Budapest on July 30 and has had recurring tightness and pain ever since.

"After Budapest, Asafa missed eight days of training before he could attempt to sprint again.

"When he returned to the track he was able to sprint but it caused the groin to flare up.

"He has received all sorts of treatments over the past two weeks in the hope of being prepared to run the 100m here in Daegu but today Asafa made the final decision not to run.

"He feels he would not be at 100 per cent and may have trouble coming back after each round.

"Asafa is very disappointed to say the least.

"He was really hoping to be able to run in what was going to be one of the most anticipated races of the Championships.

"He is still optimistic to be able to run the [4x100m] relay."

Powell, the former 100m world record holder and bronze medallist in the event at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, was the fastest man this season at 9.78sec.

Bolt, who dismissed a suggestion that he was also carrying an injury, said he was "not in 9.5 shape" but that he was focused on retaining his titles.

Asked about the absence of Powell from the 100m, which starts on Saturday (August 27), Bolt responded: "This is the first I've heard about it.

"I can't answer that question.

"I saw Asafa yesterday so I don't know."


By Mike Rowbottom in Daegu

AFTER HIS record breaking 9.91 seconds ride at the Colorado Springs 7-Eleven Velodrome 200-metre time trial last week, Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Njisane Phillip has now set his sights at dominating the forthcoming National Cycling Championships.

The local cyclist has been steadily improving, with several outstanding performances over the past three months on the international stage.

“Everything is going good so far. I’m currently getting ready for the National Championships next week and I feel very confident going into it after my performance at the Colorado Springs. I think everything will be good and in tact for the national meet,” said a determined Phillip.

The 20-year-old added that his recent record breaking ride has given him an extra boost and has persuaded him to work harder toward achieving greater accomplishments on the national and global circuit.

He stressed the importance of his mental and physical preparation which have been key factors for his rich vein of form. The Pan American gold medallist pledged to continue his training as he seeks to become a dominant cyclist on the global stage.

“It was a big win to me. Winning gave me more confidence to take on the bigger competitors, because in cycling you need confidence, you can’t just go in and try to win. You need to know you’re good enough physically and mentally. My progress is coming along, I still have a long way to go and still have to keep pushing and working hard,” continued Phillip.

The top local cyclist has a busy schedule of tournaments and will be competing for top honours at various competitions in the forthcoming months.

After the National Championships, Phillip will be representing TT at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October as well as the Union Cyclist International and Cycling World Cup in November.

Phillip expressed his concern about competing in back-to-back cycling meets, since it would take some time for him to recover.

“Well I might have to also do the Pan American Games. It’s going to a bit tougher because of the early World Cup season. Nevertheless, I will have to compete in the Pan Am Games because it’s a big National Olympic Committee competition. I really want to do well in all my cycling meets to proudly represent Trinidad and Tobago and for myself as well,” stated Phillip.

His recent commanding performances has also seen the TT cyclist sign a sponsorship deal with Felt Bicycles of California, USA.

Phillip was elated with the signing and could only see great things emerging from the deal with the top bicycle company.

“I think the signing is something big. I feel good knowing they are giving me their support and are investing in me. This also gives me a chance to represent their brand and enhance my public figure as an international cyclist,” declared Phillip.

The record breaking cyclist particularly made mention and acknowledged The Beacon Insurance Company for all their continued support over the years. Beacon Insurance is also Phillip’s home-based club.

He thanked the officials and staff there for always being concerned about his developments and praised their commitment as a proud club member.

Phillip will return home on September 2 to participate in the National Championships.


By Jonathan Ramnanansingh

"I have found that for many coaches and administrators, their focus on winning far outweighs their desire to understand the inherent challenges that take place with athletes both physically and mentally, hence, the avoidable injuries, the overtraining, the last minute disappointments due to ridiculous administrative errors, etcetera."


It recently became very apparent to me, the extent to which many coaches and administrators downplay their duty to look after the well-being of their athletes. I suppose, because many of the current coaches were once athletes, and in their training days they did not have athletic trainers, therapists, strength coaches and doctors specially assigned to them and their specific needs that, in their minds, the importance of these roles are exaggerated and maybe even glorified. Such sentiments affect me none, but it certainly confirms for me, the level of ignorance that still exists in the local industry. It is not uncommon for parents to accompany their children for the first few sessions of therapy. Almost every time this happens, the parent mentions how long the child had been complaining about their pain and the poor choices they, as the parent, ironically made in trying to do the best they could for their child. It is only after a process of trial and error and sometimes a little help from the internet that the parent realises how far out of their realm they are in understanding what is physiologically taking place with their child.

I have found that for many coaches and administrators, their focus on winning far outweighs their desire to understand the inherent challenges that take place with athletes both physically and mentally, hence, the avoidable injuries, the overtraining, the last minute disappointments due to ridiculous administrative errors, etcetera. Be it physical or emotional, parents in T&T are proving themselves ignorant as athlete parents—a fact that becomes more obvious to them after their child is completely unable to push himself/herself anymore through the pain. In August, 16-year old DJ Searcy, a Georgia High School American footballer was attending a camp in Lake City, Florida, when he collapsed and died. It is being speculated that the child died of heat illness but I wonder whether the precautionary steps were taken to ensure this child’s safety.

There is no rocket science to so doing and I constantly advocate it: • Ensure that all athletes are medically examined prior to participation. Aside from understanding all personal and family medical histories, ECGs should be done to rule out the possibility of heart-conditions such as dangerous and irregular heart rhythms. Between September 2010 and January 2011 there were three high school athlete deaths due to heart failure in the US, reigniting the debate to make heart screenings mandatory. • Ensure that physical assessments and fitness screenings are done. This has the ability to expose everything from limitations and/or vulnerabilities in the body such as poor flexibility or core control, to performance susceptibilities which can be rectified to ensure improvements before competition time. • Make sure that everyone in contact with the athlete is properly qualified to execute their role. If not, the athlete could be at risk.

Last week, I had an athlete come to me following a tournament with a painful shoulder he was finally unable to ignore, following a poorly structured training program. The young athlete of 17 years had a tape job that was applied to him from seven days prior, still on his body, the purpose of which I have yet to discover. Not only did the work done on the shoulder seem to lack purpose and directive but once applied the individual who applied it, never checked on the athlete again for the rest of the tournament. It would be simple to point the finger at the person who applied the tape and accuse him/her of working outside of his/her area of training, however, my frustration in situations like this rests more so with the administrative team who put that same individual in this situation and create opportunities for such drivel to happen. Some people out here, loosely referring to themselves as “physios,” have no qualifications to afford themselves such a luxury.

However, with no industry standards and no need to provide credentials anyone willing to travel for free usually qualify to fill the role and “Voila! We have someone to take care of the athletes.” Absolute insanity. So, parents, do not be afraid to respectfully share your concerns with your coaches and your NSOs. It is your duty as a parent, to be informed of what is happening with your child; to ensure that your child is not being physically, mentally or emotionally abused; that the coach is properly trained to do his/her job. The main stakeholder in sport is the athlete and just as I expect them to hold themselves accountable for their actions and choices, they should be assured that the entity they represent in competition is willing to do the same for them.


By Asha De Freitas-Moseley

Asafa Powell has been ruled out of the 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships because of a groin injury, eliminating defending champion Usain Bolt’s biggest rival from the marquee event. Because of the injuries and no-shows due to doping issues of several athletes, the top performer in Daegu is T&T’s Richard Thompson, who clocked a time of 9.85 at the National Championship in Port-of-Spain. Bolt’s best time this season is 9.86. Powell’s injury, sustained several weeks ago, was still giving the fastest man of the season too much trouble. The Jamaican could be fit by the time of the 4x100 relay during the final weekend of the championships. “The groin strain is still lingering,” his manager Richard Doyle said. “He is not quite 100 per cent.”

The 100 metres heats open tomorrow and the race is traditionally the highlight of the championships. It is also the opening race in Bolt’s quest for three sprint gold medals. American rival Tyson Gay was injured in June and two other top performers are not in Daegu because of doping scandals, leaving Bolt with few credible challengers. Powell had been running fast all through the season until he pulled out of the Crystal Palace Diamond League meet on August 5 as a precautionary measure to protect his groin. Doyle said it would take up to four more days to have a full recovery and did not rule him out for the September 4 relay final. With Bolt, Jamaica is favoured to win that race and defend its title. Still, the withdrawal was a blow to the Jamaican team, which is seeking to extend the sprint domination over the US it established at the Beijing Olympics.“He is one of our top athletes,” Jamaican federation president Howard Aris said. “His not being able to compete (in the relay) would be a big, big disappointment for us.”

Powell has been Jamaica’s anchor in the relays, taking the baton from Bolt on the final bend to take it home for gold in Beijing and in Berlin at the 2009 worlds. In the 100, Powell is a former world-record holder and always showed promise to take a global title before disappointing at the event itself. He won bronze at the last two world championships. At 28, Powell was primed for success this year. He ran 9.78 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 30 for the top time of the season and narrowly lost by .02 seconds to Bolt. Doyle said the succession of three races over the weekend would have been too much at this stage for Powell. “The running of the rounds would be problematic,” he said, adding the decision to pull out of the 100 was taken after extensive testing of Powell’s groin in Daegu. “The next day, it is still very sore again.”
Meanwhile the T&T team has settled here nicely and after all the drama of Jehue Gordon’s omission from the 400 metres hurdle, all the members are eagerly looking forward to the games which starts tonight (T&T time). With Powell out, Jamaican teammate Michael Frater will run in the 100. “I didn’t come here expecting to run the 100 but unfortunately Asafa wasn’t able to make it,” Frater said. “I’m here and I am ready to go.”


By Clayton Clarke

Even as he headed off to watch Lionel Messi’s wonderful Barcelona on Friday night, Uefa’s president was distracted by the beasts in the Beautiful Game.
“I’m afraid for the future of football,’’ said Platini. “It’s going pear-shaped. Football will always be played in the schoolyard, in the street but I’m worried about the future of professional football where there are lots of red lights flashing. There are problems with match-fixing, corruption, violence, racism, hooliganism and debts.”
Coach behaviour, too. Jose Mourinho’s poke-in-the-eye antics after the latest El Clasico flare-up saddened Platini. “I’m a player at heart, not a politician. I love the game. Barcelona against Real Madrid was a wonderful spectacle for 89 minutes and then one minute that spoiled the game between the two biggest clubs in the world.
“Everyone makes mistakes and he [Mourinho] will be punished by the disciplinary committee of the [Spanish] national association. He is perhaps the best coach in the world and the great people have to be examples.
"They have to be clean and behave beautifully. Because what about the other millions of coaches? What are they thinking, that everything is permitted?”
As the Frenchman talked over breakfast here, more sympathy flowed for his compatriot, Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s manager is appealing against a two-match ban for passing messages to the bench via an intermediary while already suspended. “I have to support my disciplinary committee but I am not in love with this regulation,’’ conceded Platini.
“You can’t ban a coach from a stadium because with modern communication you can do what you want. You can send an SMS. There is a lot of confusion. We have a meeting next week with the elite coaches and we will discuss it.”
As for Wenger’s suspension, Platini indicated it would be upheld. “It will be postponed to the first game of the group stage. It is my job to support the disciplinary process. But we can speak about it for next season and the new regulations from 2012 to 2015.”
In 2015, Platini is expected to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president and believes that the controversial Swiss is tackling the stench of corruption permeating parts of his Executive Committee. “The people who come to the Executive Committee are not chosen by the president,’’ emphasised Platini.
“If I am corrupted it is not because of Mr Blatter. All the big attacks on Fifa are mainly on other people, not on him. I know he is not an angel. He is political and he is a typical politician.
"I spoke to him in July and he told me he would do many things. He will present that to the Executive Committee in October. He has volunteered to have a revolution. If he cleans Fifa he will be remembered [positively]. That is his objective. We are here to help him.’’
Money increasingly dominates talk in footballing circles. Platini shudders slightly at the arrival of wealthy foreign owners at clubs like Manchester City and Paris St-Germain. “I don’t know where we go with this system,’’ he lamented. “If they don’t earn money they will leave and the clubs will disappear.
“I am a big fan of Real Madrid or Barcelona where the socios [members] are the voice of the club. I like the fact that the clubs belong to the fans. The only ones with that local identity are the fans. Everything else has changed: the president is foreign, the players are foreign, the coach is foreign. But they stay. Football became popular because of this identity.”
Determined to encourage responsible accounting, Uefa’s president reiterated his intent that the new Financial Fair Play rules will be enforced.
“We will not take a step back. Anyone who doesn’t respect those rules will be sanctioned [with expulsion from Europe]. The fans of clubs who don’t have money want Financial Fair Play. The fans who support clubs owned by a Qatari don’t want it.”
Also under discussion is the possibility of changing the international calendar, playing qualifiers and friendlies in two blocks during the season. “We are looking at it,’’ said Platini.
There is also pressure to ask Fifa to consider bringing the transfer-window deadline forward to July 31 before the season kicks off. “You shouldn’t change clubs after the season starts,’’ said Platini. “How can someone play for AC Milan against Juventus and then Juventus against AC Milan in the same season?”
Platini would also like Fifa to introduce a rule that ensures a player commits himself to an international team at 18, an issue with England and Ghana over Emmanuel Frimpong. “I believe you need to ask a player at 18, when he becomes an adult, which nationality he is rather than wait for a senior competitive game. People are bargaining over them.’’
Talking of bargaining, Platini wants to clamp down on the ticket touting that scarred May’s Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in May.
“There were problems with the price of tickets. Don’t forget it was a proposal of the local organising committee, England (the FA). It was a mistake.’’ Platini proposes a new, cheaper category of tickets for “the real fan”.
Positive memories of that Wembley occasion remains with Platini. “We had a dream final, an excellent match with excellent players. Lionel Messi is a diamond. But every generation believes it has the best hero. Pele was considered the best in the 50s and 60s. Johan Cruyff was supposed to be the best in the 70s. Zinedine Zidane in 2000.”
A three-time European Footballer of the Year in the 80s, Platini continues to serve European football well.
“There’s nothing glamourous about being Uefa president,’’ Platini concluded. “I used to go to Fenerbahce and everyone loved me. If I go now [having expelled them from Europe], everyone will want to hang me.”

Source: written by Henry Winter

A wonderful success is how Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee(TTOC) president Michael Romany described the TTOC/ Atlantic Let’s Play Golf  Camp  in Tobago  which was conducted from the 15th to 19th August at the Tobago Plantations Beach and Golf Resort. The camp, ,a pilot project,comes under the TTOC’s Shape the Community programme.
150 children between the ages of 5 and 17 participated in the five day event  which introduced to the youngsters in the Sister Isle to all the elements of golf albeit in a modified form. Falling between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG (Starting New At Golf) allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. SNAG is a proven learning and training tool for entry level golfers.  Guided by a team of expert coaches led by head pro Ricky Campbell, the children were taught basic techniques with an emphasis on having fun.

With the help of the Tobago House of Assembly (T.H.A) buses were provided daily to transport children from various communities.  The THA’s support ensured that as many children as possible were able to attend the inaugural camp on a daily basis. Kiss Baking Company provided a variety of snacks for the camp participants.  Also contributing to the success of the first time effort were Tobago Plantations Ltd,Trinidad and Tobago Golf Association who made sure all the golf equipment required was present everyday and Tracmac Ltd who provided transport for the camp coordinators.

Highlight of the final day of the  camp was the mini golf tournament held on the driving range.  That saw the  children  playing nine holes of challenging but fun filled golf.  Participants were presented with their certificates from Golf Director, Ricky Campbell, and the TTOC camp Coordinator, Troy Romany.
The overwhelming success of the pilot project has motivated the TTOC, Tobago Plantations Beach and Golf Club and the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club to continue the programme in September.

TTOC president Michael Romany felt the enjoyment and warm and enthusiastic reception the TTOC and its partners received was an indication that the decision  to stage the camp  was” well worth the effort”.

“The TTOC’s Legacy strategies place a heavy demand on our resources. Tobago is a strategic priority in terms of our outreach objectives. We are determined to include Tobago in all our activities especially the programmes and projects that involve children. Without the support of the THA and title sponsors Atlantic the camp would not have been possible.”

August 24 - Amid shambolic scenes here, Sergey Bubka kept his place as vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), along with London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, having earlier in the day thought his chances of succeeding Lamine Diack as President had suffered a huge blow.

The vote had been re-run after technical problems with the electronic voting system had emerged earlier in the day at the world governing body's Congress during the election for the treasurer.

Following what IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss described as "crisis talks" during the lunch break, the electronic system was abandoned and a manual method used instead.

But only after there had been a further delay when a photocopier being used to prepare voting papers broke down.

Each of the 200 countries was then called up one-by-one to cast their votes into the ballot box - a marathon process that would have left even Paula Radcliffe feeling exhausted.

The re-run followed the stunning moment when Bubka had polled only 118 of the 199 votes in the election for the vice-president and was the one out of the five candidates who failed to get one of the four places.

The Ukrainian had trailed Qatar's Dahlan Jumman Al Hamad and Canada's Abby Hoffman, who both got 175, the United States' Bob Hersh with 171 and Coe, with 167.

Even after it was held again, confusion continued with the scrutineers initially having to try to reconcile a discrepancy of two votes and needed to do a recount, which took nearly an hour.

In the end Bubka, the 1988 Olympic pole vault champion and world-record holder, who is considered the rising star of sports administration, had his political ambitions rekindled by scraping through as the fourth of the five candidates.

The biggest loser in the re-run was Hoffman, who polled only 122 votes in the second ballot, which was topped by Hersh with 175.

Hamad got 171 and Coe 169, with Bubka receiving 159.

A total of 201 votes were cast with two being invalid.

At the previous election in Osaka four years ago Bubka had finished top of the poll in the same election and been appointed as the senior vice-president.

Diack, contrary to what he had said earlier, did call for a re-run of his own election even though he was the only candidate.

On this occasion, he polled 169 votes with 29 against out of the 198 valid votes cast.

It was hardly a day when the IAAF reinforced its claim to be the number one Olympic sport and showed that it was a forward-thinking organisation.

But Diack claimed it had no reason to feel ashamed.

"I'm not embarrassed by the election," he said.

"Technology has failed us and we had to go back to manual voting.

"This was just a technical glitch and we just have to live with it."

Others were less forgiving of the situation.

"I've won General Elections and I've lost General Elections in about a quarter of the time," said Coe, tongue firmly in cheek.

The person with the most reason to complain was Hoffman, who thought she had been elected as the IAAF's first female vice-president only to have it cruelly snatched it away.

"The whole election process was a pretty messy affair," she told insidethegames.

The 64-year-old Canadian 1966 Commonwealth Games 880 yards champion and former director general of Sports Canada did not buy into the theory that she had only been elected initially thanks to the electronic voting system.

"Whatever the dynamics was underpinning the elections in the morning, when I had enough votes to be elected, it was a completely different dynamic in the afternoon," she said.

"The reality is that the one [election] in the afternoon was the one that counted.

"But I'm not happy obviously about how things unfolded during the day."

Hoffman believes that once reality set in among the delegates that they had voted in a woman ahead of such a high-profile figure as Bubka it led to a change of mind.

"Some people could say that the idea of having a female vice-president seemed like a good idea but when the prospect of it became a reality it wasn't so appealing," she said.

"I lost over 50 votes between the morning and the afternoon - was that the result of technical issues or something more that went on?

"But I think it's quite clear to everybody that Sergey Bubka, having been the odd man out in the morning, pulled out all the stops to get himself back in position.

"But he still ended up with the lowest votes of all the candidates so I think there was something definitely going on there that was nothing to do with the computer system."

Hoffman admitted that the whole day had been an unedifying one for athletics.

"I feel worse just in terms of the reputation of the sport we couldn't pull off a proper election campaign," she said.

"That's not a pretty picture for us."

Diack must now turn his attention to the difficult task of who to appoint as his senior vice-president.

He knows that if he chooses either Coe, the former double Olympic 1500 metres champion, or Bubka he will be seen to have anointed them as his successor for when he steps down in 2015.

A decision is likely at the next meeting of the IAAF's ruling Council on September 4 at the end of the World Championships here.


By Duncan Mackay in Daegu

August 24 - Confusion reigned here today at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Congress as a re-vote was ordered after Sergey Bubka, the man seen as a potential successor to President Lamine Diack (pictured), sensationally failed to earn election as one of the four vice-presidents.

The Ukrainian's defeat had seemed to have boosted Sebastian Coe's chances of being elected as the next President when Diack steps down in 2015.

Coe, the London 2012 chairman, polled 167 of the 199 votes to finish fourth behind Qatar's Dahlan Jumman Al Hamad and Canada's Abby Hoffman, who both got 175, and the United States Bob Hersh with 171.

Bubka, the 1988 Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder, and seen as the rising star in global sports administration both within the IAAF and International Olympic Committtee (IOC) earned only 118 votes and was not elected.

He was the unlucky loser among the five candidates chasing the four spots as vice-president.

At the last IAAF elections in Osaka four years ago Bubka had topped the poll with 167 of the 192 votes, leading to Diack to appoint him as the IAAF's senior vice-president.

Hamad, currently acting as the head of the Asian Athletics Association, had on that occasion finished fourth with 129 while Coe got 137.

But doubts over the electronic voting system led to Diack ordering a re-run this afternoon.

The validity of the system began to come under scrutiny following the election of Russian Valentin Balakhnichev as the new treasurer in the election that followed the one for vice-president with more votes were cast than member federations were in the chamber and a wild swing in the polling.

In the first round Spain's Jose Maria Odriozola had polled 93 votes but failed to earn an overall majority against his rivals, the Czech Republic's Karel Pilny, who got 75, and Balakhnichev with 42.

That meant a total of 210 votes were cast when only 199 were supposed to be eligible.

Then ,in the second round, Odriozola dropped to 41 as Pilny got 77 and Balakhnichev 87 - a total of 205.

As things stand, it means Bubka will not have a place at the top table of world athletics as he had been so confident of being re-elected as vice-president that he had not put himself forward a place on the ruling Council.

That would seriously jeopardise his chances of succeeding Diack when the next Presidential election is held in Beijing in 2015.

Bubka had declined to challenge Diack for the Presidency this time round, although there was pressure on both him and Coe to put themselves forward.

"It is clear there is a problem with the electronic system," Bubka said as he hurried out of the room at the end of the session.

When asked if he expected to be elected in the re-vote he replied: "Let's see."

A hastily arranged "crisis meeting" was then held by IAAF officials during the lunch break who decided to ditch the electronic system and adopt a manual system instead, holding a series of votes, including for the vice-presidents and treasurer, simultaneously.

"We are facing a situation that was totally unseen," IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss told the meeting when they returned.

"We have lost trust in the system.

"The solution is not ideal but we are not in a situation where we can have ideal solutions.

"We are in crisis."

Diack, who was standing as President unopposed, earned 173 votes with 27 voting against him.

His vote will not be held again, even though that total of 200 added up to one more than were eligible to vote.

It is the not the first time that the IAAF elections have been disrupted by problems with the electronic system.

In Paris eight years ago Coe was again involved.

Then, seeking a place on the IAAF Council for the first time, the double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist had to wait for several hours before his election was confirmed after the system produced 88 invalid votes.

A re-run was ordered and Coe saw his score rise from 77 votes to 109.


By Duncan Mackac in Daegu

Dwight Pollonais scored two tries while Justin Mc Lean impressively converted six efforts when Stag Trinidad Northern 2 came back to defeat Defence Force 52-31 in the T&T Rugby Football Union (T&TRFU) Senior Division League on Sunday. Defence Force were up 14-0 within the opening 20 minutes, but in clinical fashion Northern overturned the deficit to take a 19-14 half time lead. Both teams suffered in the second half with slightly lackluster defences, which allowed attackers on both sides of the half to take advantage. Northern had the better of the second half taking 33 points to Defence Force’s 17, to eventually win by a more than marginal scoreline. Thorne, Javier Bonoplata, Shane Awai, Nyuen Franco and Brad Soulette touched down past the try line for Northern.Both Marlon Brice and Shevon Neale scored two tries each in response for the “armymen”. Andy Williams scored the other try while Willet Pantor converted three times.  In the other match on Sunday, Rainbow got the better of UWI as it came away 21-17 winners. Kidane Silverthorn scored two tries for Rainbow while Kern Regis scored the other. Damian Deane converted on all three of his attempts. Akida Spring, Ken Phillips and Jesse Richards scored a try each for UWI. Phillip Rogers converted once for UWI.


By Andrew Giaonnetti

National 400 metres hurdler champion Jehue Gordon will take his place in the 400 metres hurdle at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu South Korea. In a release from the NAAA yesterday, team manager Dexter Voisin said the situation regarding Gordon’s entry has been resolved and he will compete. On Monday, it was reported that the NAAA had failed to register Gordon for the event. The NAAA said Gordon’s omission was an oversight for which secretary of the NAAA, Allan Baboolal, took full responsibility. Yesterday, NAAA president Ephraim Serrette, Olympic gold medalist Hasely Crawford, together with NACAC area representative Neville Mc Cook met with Jun Kim, director of the competition bureau for the IAAF World Championships, to discuss Gordon’s entry. The NAAA release did not say how the group resolved the situation. It simply stated:  Team manager of the Trinidad and Tobago team in Daegu, South Korea, Dexter Voisin said that the situation regarding Jehue Gordon entry in the 400m Hurdles event at the IAAF World Championships has been resolved and he will compete.

Sports Minister Anil Roberts who expressed disbelief at the NAAA’s failure to register Gordon on Monday, said yesterday he was relieved to learn that the young middle distance runner will take his place in the event. “I am relieved and happy to learn that Jehue will be in the event and I want to wish him, and all the other T&T athletes well during the meet. I am also awaiting a report as to how such a blunder could have taken place.” Gordon is expected to be the youngest finalist and competitor in the event. Two years ago, he was fourth in the finals in Berlin with a time of 48.26 seconds. He was 17 years and 276 days old. 0At the National Championships two weeks ago, Gordon cruised to victory and later revealed that he was anxiously looking forward to his experience in South Korea, where he was expecting to improve on his fourth placing at the last Games.