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Carter chases another medal today

Sunday, April 8, 2018
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Dylan Carter, T&T's first medallist at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia will be back in the pool today as he seek to add to his personal medal count.

In the second semi-final yesterday, the men’s 100 metres freestyle event Carter racing from lane 5 forced his way into today’s final at 5 43 am (TT time) after he placed fourth and seventh overall with a time of 49.06 seconds in a race won by Chad Le Clos of South Africa, the 50 metres gold medallist in a time of 48.61, from Kyle Chambers (48.70) with Yuri Kisil third in 48.79 seconds during the day's programme.

Earlier in the morning session Carter, a silver medallist on Friday in the 50 metres Butterfly event returned to the swimming pool to contest the men’s 100 metres freestyle contest. Racing in the last heat he clocked 48.96 behind Australia’s Kyle Chambers (48.81) which was the second fastest time heading into semi-finals.

Carter, 22, admitted that it has been tough swimming at these games in light of the season he has experienced with NCAA events just two weeks ago. “Yes it is stacking up, the semis have been consistently my slowest times

so far and tonight was no different because after the preliminaries in the morning, it is tough,”

“However, as I said the other night, it is hand on the wall and a lane and that was the idea

again, “added Carter.

Carter though is quietly confident that he will be energized for the final on Sunday, “I was not

seeded to win a medal in the fly and I did it, and I will not be seeded as well tomorrow night but don’t count me

out as yet.” Carter warned.

Ayhe, Cedenio lead athletic quest

Today is the start of the track and field events and all eyes will be on T&T's top women's sprinter

Michelle-Lee Ahye as she starts her quest for a first Commonwealth Games medal.

Ahye will race from Lane 3 in Heat 4, at 12.23 am (TT time) and should easily move to the next rounds

Khalifa St Fort (Lane 3) will begin proceedings in the women’s 10 metres at 12.05 am with Reyare Thomas (Lane 8) in Heat 6 from 12.35 am.

In the Men’s 100 metres field in which T&T's Ato Boldon holds the Commonwealth Games record of 9.88 seconds ( 17th September 1998 in Kuala Lumpur0, there will be two participants in current national sprint champion Emmanuel Callender (Lane 9) in Heat 4 at 1.03 am (TT time) followed by Keston Bledman (Lane 7) in Heat 5 at 1.09 am (TT time). Then there is youngster Jonathan Farinha, in Heat 8 at 1.27 is from Lane 3.

In the Men’s 400 metres, Machel Cedenio starts the session at 1.47 in Heat 1 am from Lane 7, followed by Renny Quow (Lane 5) in Heat 3 at 2.01 am (TT time), with Lalonde Gordon (Lane 3) on the track at 2.08am (TT time)

The Women’s 100 metres semi finals is scheduled for 5.12am (TT time), with the Men’s 100 metres

semi final at 5.35 am (TT time). All of Trinidad and Tobago will be hoping that many of our sprinters will line up in

the respective men and women events.

Also Akeem Stewart makes his debut at the Games in the Shot Put and will be in Group B starting at 2.35am (TT time).

Manager of the Team, George Commissiong, told Guardian Media Sports,"All is well, training has been good.

The accommodations here are more or less what pertains at these events and we are fortunate to have all our team on two floors which means the athletes are close together. So all is well for Tomorrow, all 10 athletes are ready, I am expecting that they go out and do their best. We can ask no more than that ,” added Commissiong.

Phillip, Paul and Bramble struggle

Yesterday, T&T's cyclists Keron Bramble, Njisane Phillip and Nicholas Paul competed in the Men’s Match Sprint event and after the first round of qualification, Bramble was 18th, Phillip was 15th and Paul was 13th of the 24 entrants.

With the first 16 moving on the next round, in one off rides, first up was Phillip in Heat 2 against Jack Carlin, however, halfway through the cycling contest, Phillip pulled out when it appeared there was a collision with Carlin, and Carlin progressed to win easily and if that was not bad enough, Paul, 19, rode a spectacular race to storm on the outside at the end and edge Ryan Owens of England.

Paul said after his ride, "I felt good today and there is no pressure on me. I'm going to take it one race

at a time, and my aim is to win a medal. The match sprint is about tactics not speed and I had the confidence that I

could come around him and that's what I didd,” explained Paul.

However, joy would turn to sorry for young Paul when he was subsequently relegated.

Manager of the Team, Robert Farrier said, "Njisane actually had the guy riding his sort of race, but at this level it is a little technical so when he entered the sprinter lane he thought he was first, but it was adjudged differently. It was a case of the authorities stating that Njisane was adjudged to have impeded the inner lane, therefore taken the ground of his competitor."

“On the other hand, Nicholas had a similar problem but his situation was that he was adjudged

to have entered the sprinter box at the end of the race. That was a case of being experience because his opponent lean in on him when he knew he was beaten and then Paul did likewise and that is what the video showed. The incidents are really unfortunate because Nicholas has been riding well and has the speed and was winning this easy,” Farrier pointed.

Today, Paul will participate in the Kilometre Time Trial.

Meanwhile, the T&T Men Beach Volleyball team defeated St Kitts/Nevis 2-0, the pair of Daynte Stewart and Daneil Williams winning 21-14 and 21-14.




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