T&T’s Semoy Hackett equalled the national record of 22.55 seconds, to qualify for the final of the women’s 200 metres, crossing the line third in heat two of the semifinals at the Olympic Games, yesterday in London, England. She ran the same time in May during the NCAA east preliminary round in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Following the race, Hackett appeared to be limping and headed straight to the athletes’ area at Olympic Stadium. Annette Knott, chef de mission, quelled any queries about Hackett’s hurried departure saying: “She is fine—in high spirits in fact. When I spoke to the coach and manager, they said she is fine and good to go for tomorrow.” Hackett had a relatively good start staying among the leaders. Around the turn though, she was in fourth place just behind Laverne Jones-Ferrette of the US Virgin Islands. Coming down the straight, she gained on Jones-Ferrette with some 20 metres left and surged ahead to get in as one of the fastest losers. Jones-Ferrette ran a season’s best to place fourth in 22.62. She will now go for gold today at 4 pm (T&T time) against some tough opponents in Jamaicans Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic 100m bronze medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown and American trio of Sanya Ross-Richards, the Olympic 400m gold medallist, Carmelita Jeter (100m silver medallist) and Allyson Felix. National champion Kai Selvon, who ran in the third heat, crossed the line in 23.04 to place fifth. She did not progress.
Rondel Sorrillo failed to make it out of the opening round of the Men’s 200m, placing fifth in heat two of seven in the time of 20.76, not quick enough to even get in as a one of the fastest losers. Sorrillo’s struggles began on Sunday when he went out in the semifinal round of the 100m, clocking a docile 10.31. Usain Bolt, in the meantime, began his bid for a second Olympic 200m title when he easily won the opening heat in 20.39, to the delight of the crowd, which becomes electrified once he appears on the track. The Jamaican clocked an Olympic record 9.63 to retain his 100m crown on Sunday. Bolt’s countryman and training partner Yohan Blake also made it comfortably through to the next round, slowing down well before the line to cross in 20.38. France’s Christophe Lemaitre went quicker than both Jamaicans in winning his heat in 20.34. American Maurice Mitchell topped heat three in 20.54 with another Jamaican Warren Wier (20.29) winning the fifth heat, Alex Quinonez of Ecuador led in heat six in 20.28 and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands sealed the final heat in 20.58. T&T got mixed results in the Men’s 110m hurdles with Wayne Davis advancing to the semifinals and Mikel Thomas failing to move on.
Davis was fourth in the fifth heat in 13.52, qualifying as one of the fastest losers while Thomas’s time of 13.74 put him in fifth spot in heat three, not fast enough. China’s former Olympic champion Liu Xiang, who was one of the favourites for the gold, never made it over the first hurdle and fell, injuring his right leg. Andy Turner of Great Britain won that heat in 13.42. Defending champion Cuban Dayron Robles also advanced winning the fourth heat in 13.33, to qualify with the sixth fastest time. Other winners in the heats were USA’s Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt, Sergey Shubenkov of Russia as well as Orlando Ortega. Merritt, the world number one, enters today’s semifinals as the fastest qualifier, with a time of 13.07. Njisane Phillip emerged seventh in the Men’s keirin event on the final day of cycling at the Velodrome. Although Phillip did not compete in the medal round, he remained a crowd favourite and went out with a bang, topping all comers in the 7th-12th Finals. Phillip admitted he was spent after the first round repechages when he initially didn’t qualify with his fourth-place finish in the morning session. He got into the second round after Miao Zhang of China was relegated for not having held his line during the last 200 metres of the race. “My legs weren’t 100 per cent. I was ready to get out of here but God has his plan and I made it to the semifinal,” said Phillip.
Phillip didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. He got back on his bicycle in the evening session and rode a brilliant race, sprinting the final two laps in the eight-lap race, to place ahead of the rest. “I just said this is my last race so I said I’ll go out there and give the crowd one last good one,” said Phillip. Chris Hoy won the final, to become the most successful Briton in Olympic Games history, bagging six gold medals overall. Germany’s Maximilian Levy was second, while two bronze medals were awarded as Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand and Teun Mulder of the Netherlands could not be separated even in the photo finish. Kershorn Walcott intends to make a big impact at his first Olympics, looking to dominate in the Men's Javelin event today from 2.05 pm (T&T time). Some 44 athletes are listed to compete in the event in two groups of 22. Walcott will be in group B, hoping to make the final which is scheduled for 2.20 pm on Friday. His first task is to achieve the qualifying distance to go through to the final as one of the top 12.
YESTERDAY’S MEDAL LISTS
Women’s 100m Hurdles: (1) S Pearson (AUS) (2) D Harper (USA) (3) K Wells (USA)
Men’s 1500m: (1) T Makhloufi (ALG) (2) L Manzano (USA) (3) A Iguider (MAR)
Men’s High Jump: (1) I Ukhov (RUS) (2) E Kynard (USA) (3) R Grabarz (GBR)/D Drouin (CAN)/ME Barshim (QAT)
Men’s Discus: (1) R Harting (GER) (2) E Hadadi (IRI) (3) G Kanter (EST)
Men’s Sprint: (1) C Hoy (GBR) (2) M Levy (GER) (3) T Mulder (NED)/S van Velthooven (NZL)
Women’s Sprint: (1) A Meares (AUS) (2) V Pendleton (GBR) (3) S Guo (CHN)
Women’s Omnium 500m Time Trial: L Trott (GBR) (2) S Hammer (USA) (3) A Edmondson (AUS)
Men’s 3m Springboard: (1) I Zakharov (RUS) (2) K Qin (CHN) (3) C He (CHN)
EQUESTRIAN (Team Dressage)
Grand Prix Special: (1) Great Britain (2) Germany (3) Netherlands
Men’s Parallel Bars: (1) Z Feng (CHN) (2) M Nguyen (GER) (3) H Sabot (FRA)
Women’s Beam: (1) L Deng (CHN) (2) L Sui (CHN) (3) A Raisman (USA)
Men’s Horizontal Bar: (1) E Zonderland (NED) (2) F Hambuchen (GER) (3) K Zou (CHN)
Women’s Floor Exercise: (1) A Raisman (USA) (2) C Ponor (ROU) (3) A Mustafina (RUS)
Men’s: (1) D van Rijsselberge (NED) (2) Y Dempsey (GBR) (3) P Miarczynski (POL)
Women’s: (1) MA Neira (ESP) (2) T Petaja (FIN) (3) Z Noceti-Klepacka (POL)
Women’s Duets: (1) Russia (2) Spain (3) China
Women’s Team: (1) China (2) Japan (3) Singapore
(1) A Brownlee (GBR) (2) J Gomez (ESP) (3) J Brownlee (GBR)
Group A: (1) B Salimikordasiabi (IRI) (2) SA Hamlabad (IRI) (3) R Albegov (RUS)
WRESTLING (Men’s Greco-Roman)
Men’s 66kg: (1) H Kim (KOR) (2) T Lorincz (HUN) (3) S Guenot (FRA)/M Tskhadaia (GEO)
Men’s 96kg: (1) GG Rezaei (IRI) (2) R Totrov (RUS) (3) J Lidberg (SWE)/A Aleksanyan (ARM)
Australia’s SALLY PEARSON broke the women’s 100m hurdles Olympic record in yesterday’s final in a time of 12.35s.
Quote of the day
“Gotta give thanks to God for all these blessings. (I) came in and shock the world. I’m coming 2016!”
National cyclist NJISANE PHILLIP remained optimistic as he ended his Olympic campaign yesterday with a seventh place finish in the men’s keirin.
Quirk of the day
FIFA is considering disciplinary action over comments made by Canada’s coach and players following a loss to the US in their semifinal on Monday. Yesterday FIFA said it will analyze the remarks made by the Canadians, who were upset after the referee made a rare call in whistling their goalkeeper, Erin McLeod, for holding the ball too long. Canadian forward, Christine Sinclair, said afterward “the ref decided the result before the game started.” US forward, Abby Wambach, revealed that she subtly lobbied for the call by counting out loud when McLeod had the ball.
—complied by SHERNICE THOMAS