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Fri, Aug

T&T’s cyclists Keron Bramble, Njisane Phillip and Nicholas Paul competing in the men's team sprint qualifying round at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, yesterday. (AP) @Fernando Llano

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games
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T&T's Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip and Keron Bram­ble cap­tured the gold medal in the fi­nal of the Team men's sprint event at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Li­ma, Pe­ru on Thurs­day night.

The na­tion­al team un­der the guid­ance of na­tion­al cy­cling tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Erin Hartwell clocked 43.792 sec­onds to earn T&T its first gold medal of the Games and sec­ond over­all, thanks to a bronze from box­er Michael Alexan­der in the men's light wel­ter­weight class on Tues­day night.

Paul and Phillip held on to the na­tion­al flag with Bram­ble in their vic­to­ry lap as the T&T sup­port­ers which in­clud­ed T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Bri­an Lewis cheered un­con­trol­lably.

This af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the gold medal race whip­ping Co­lum­bia (44.584) to reach the top of the podi­um. Bram­ble clocked 17.938 in lap one (250m), Phillip pro­duced 12.655 for the sec­ond lap and Paul, 13.379 in the third.

Ear­li­er, the na­tion­al cy­clists knew ful­ly well what was re­quired to get in­to the gold medal race as they were the last team on the track in the three-lap event. Know­ing this, Hartwell kept his rid­ers warm by hav­ing the or­gan­is­ers place an ex­tra gas warmer in­side the lo­cal team's pit. Warm­ers in­fil­trat­ed the area to en­sure that cy­clists were com­fort­able with­in the Velo­drome which is very cold.

T&T was the fastest qual­i­fiers with a time of 44.260 sec­onds. Browne com­plet­ed the first lap in 17.990, Phillip was the quick­est in lap two with 12.885 and Paul with 13.385 in lap three as Hartwell with both arms out­stretched pump­ing them in­wards to en­cour­age his rid­er across the like in the fastest qual­i­fy­ing time over­all. The 10 or so sup­port­ers hoist­ing the na­tion­al flag jumped up from their seats in the stands over­joyed with the per­for­mance of the rid­ers.

The oth­er fi­nal­ist, Co­lum­bia, had in the pre­vi­ous race crossed the line in 45.046 to elim­i­nate Mex­i­co (45.843) and Pe­ru (49.939) from the gold medal race. Brazil, with its 45.279 clock­ings, was keep­ing hope that it holds on to the oth­er qual­i­fy­ing spot un­til the T&T team erased that dream. The Brazil­ians ear­li­er raced Mex­i­co in the bronze medal match and were vic­to­ri­ous af­ter their op­po­nents false-start­ed twice.

Phillip and Paul will have lit­tle re­cov­ery time as they are back at the track to­day to race in the men's sprint event from 12.05 pm. Phillip holds the meet record of 9.977, achieved in Guadala­jara, Mex­i­co in 2011.

Ak­il Camp­bell was in ninth place in the men's om­ni­um at press time.

His strat­e­gy in the scratch race worked rel­a­tive­ly well, earn­ing him 24 points in the 10km (40 laps) race. Camp­bell placed ninth of the 14 rid­ers in a race won by Mex­i­can Igna­cios Pra­da who at 20-lap took an un­reach­able lead and earned full 40 points.

In the fol­low­ing tem­po race, Camp­bell moved up one spot in­to eighth af­ter earn­ing 30 points with his sixth-place fin­ish. Venezuela's Ramiro Pul­gar moved ahead of the pack but af­ter four laps the T&T cy­clist caught up with him to pro­duce his first point of the race. He stayed with the Venezue­lan rid­er and topped five laps (6,7,10,12,14) and at the end of the 36-lap race, had 54 over­all points.

Tak­ing the event was Amer­i­can Daniel Hol­loway and the over­all lead with 76 points.

In the elim­i­na­tion race, Camp­bell was the six-rid­er out of the run­ning for the top spot which pro­vid­ed win­ner Fe­lipe Pe­naloza of Chile with full 40 points to move to the top of the 14-rid­er stand­ings. Camp­bell earned 24 points to have 78 points af­ter the three races but slipped back down to the ninth place with on­ly the points race re­main­ing.

In hock­ey

T&T men's hock­ey team sank to its sec­ond straight de­feat in the pre­lim­i­nary round in Pool A, falling to Ar­genti­na, 6-0.

It could have been worse for the lo­cal "Stick­men" but goal­keep­er Kar­los Stephens pulled off some mar­vel­lous saves which pre­vent­ed to­tal an­ni­hi­la­tion. Stephens pro­duced six saves (two penal­ty cor­ners and four field goals) be­tween the up­rights.

The na­tion­al unit trailed 3-0 at the half with Jose Toli­ni (1.57) scor­ing the lone goal of the first quar­ter while in the sec­ond pe­ri­od, Agustin Mazz­il­li (24.49) and En­rique Pa­rades (28.44) net­ted the sec­ond and third, re­spec­tive­ly to give Ar­genti­na the three-goal ad­van­tage.

Down the oth­er end, Ar­genti­na's keep­er Juan Vi­val­di had lit­tle work to do as T&T was not get­ting scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­mained goal­less in­to the third ses­sion while the Ar­gen­tini­ans added two more goals off of Maico Casel­la (40.33) and Mazz­il­li with his sec­ond item in 44.40, to go up, 5-0.

In the fi­nal pe­ri­od, Lu­cas Mar­tinez in 48.22 gives his team a big­ger lead, 6-0. T&T, coached by Glenn "Fi­do" Fran­cis" did get a chance at a con­so­la­tion goal but its lone penal­ty cor­ner tak­en by vet­er­an Kwand­wane Browne in 49.41 was saved by keep­er Vi­val­di.

On Sat­ur­day, the hock­ey men will seek re­demp­tion when they try to take down Chile in their fi­nal match in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies from 11 am (T&T time). Chile crushed Cu­ba, 4-0 in yes­ter­day's oth­er Pool A match.

In shoot­ing

Roger Daniel did not make the fi­nal cut to com­pete in the fi­nal of the men's 25-me­tre rapid fire pis­tol event af­ter he placed 18th over­all fol­low­ing stage two of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round at the Las Pal­mas Range.

The lo­cal shoot­er end­ed with a score of 538, en­ter­ing the sec­ond stage in 19th place with a score of 271 from stage one. On Thurs­day morn­ing, he scored 267 to add to his to­tal to fin­ish down the or­der in an event which had 23 par­tic­i­pants. On­ly the top six shoot­ers ad­vanced to the fi­nal round.

Fri­day's T&T sched­ule


Men's Sprint qual­i­fy­ing - Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul, 12.05


Women's 25m rapid fire pis­tol (pre­ci­sion), Mar­sha Bullen-Jones, 10 am

Men's skeet - Robert Auer­bach, 10 am


2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

Dates: Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Host city: Lima, Peru
Athletes: 6,690


2019 TT Pan Am team

AQUATICS: Dylan Carter, Kael Yorke, Graham Chatoor, Jade Chatoor, Gabriela Donahue, Giselle Gursoy; Tracy De Montrichard-Carter, Chase Bloch, Joseph Mc Leod (officials).

ARCHERY: Daniel Catariz; Colvin Chin (official).

ATHLETICS: Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett, Alena Brooks, Kamaria Durant, Sparkle McKnight, Cleopatra Borel, Portious Warren, Tyra Gittens,Keston Bledman, Kyle Greaux, Jereem Richards, Dwight St Hillaire, Machel Cedenio, Reubin Walters, Akanni Hislop, Jerod Elcock, Asa Guevara, Andwuelle Wright, Wimani Stewart, Keshorn Walcott, Shakeil Waithe, Deon Lendore, Mauricia Prieto, Ayla Stansclaus, Tonya Nero; George Comissiong, Ian Carter, Nic Connor Alexander, Charles Joseph, Arlon Morrisson, Mastrapa Lopez, Wendell Williams (officials).

BADMINTON: Nekeisha Blake; Melvin Thomas (official).

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Malika Davidson, Rheeza Grant, Daynte Stewart, Marlon Phillip; Nancy Joseph, Stephen Enile (officials).

BOXING: Nigel Paul, Aaron Prince, Tyron Thomas, Micheal Alexander; Reynold Cox, Rawlson Dopwell (officials).

CANOE SPRINT: Matthew Robinson, Nicholas Robinson; Merryl See Tai (official).

CYCLING: Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble, Quincy Alexander, Jabari Whiteman, Kemp Orosco, Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomez, Akil Campbell, Teniel Campbell, Alexi Costa; David Francis, Erin Hartwell, Gene Samuel, Elisha Greene, Gabriel Thomas (officials).

GOLF: Isabella Lawrence; Wayne Baptiste (official).

GYMNASTICS: Joseph Fox; Charlie St Leger (official).

HOCKEY: Karlos Stephen, Akim Toussiant, Jordan Reynos, Kristien Emmanuel, Teague Marcano, Sheldon De Lisle, Marcus James, Mickell Pierre, Tarik Marcano, Daniel Byer, Micheael O’Connor, Shaquille Daniel, Lyndell Byer, Kwandwane Browne, Caleb Guiseppi, Dylan Francis, Joel Daniel, Malcolm Baptiste; Glenn Francis, Kirth Davis, Huw Stevens, Nicholas Baldeosingh (officials).

JUDO: Gabriella Wood; Mark Littrean (official).

ROWING: Felice Aisha Chow; Monica Hilcu (official).

RUGBY: Apphia Glasgow, Leah Kintiba, Nicolette Pantor, Blossom Stewart, Fayola Jack, Marika Mendez, Carlina Phillip, Maria Thomas, Kwanieze John, Aqiyla O’Brien, Kathleen Stephen, Kanisha Vincent; Jenilee Limada, Carlton Felix, Kelson Figaro (officials).

SAILING: Andrew Ivan David Lewis, Kelley-Ann Mary Arrindell; Official: Kairon Serrette (official).

SHOOTING: Anthony D Maraj, Marsha Bullen-Jones, Robert Auerbach, Roger Daniel; Ian Cockburn (official).

TABLE TENNIS: Rheann Chung; Anthony Corbin (official).

TAEKWONDO: Megan Lawrence; Cheryl Ann Sankar (official).

Team TTO in PAN AM 2019