RACHAEL THOMPSON KING, in Rio
the final day of athletics for T&T at the 15th Pan Americans
Games saw the twin-island republic leave empty-handed.
T&T had teams in the four relay finals but all were
unsuccessful in their bids for glory Cleopatra Borel-Brown
collected the lone metal for T&T in track and field,
winning the bronze medal in the
womens shot put event on Friday evening.
Overall, T&T will be bringing home four medals, a silver
and three bronze.
Top T&T cyclist Emile Abraham won silver in the Mens
road race and the two other bronze medals went to elite
swimmer George Bovell III in the Mens 50m freestyle
and Chinedum Osuji in Taekwondo.
In the last edition of the Games, T&T secured seven
medals, two gold, four silver and a bronze.
Despite not having its star sprinter Darrel Brown and Aaron
Armstrong due to injuries, T&Ts relay team gave
an applauding performance, placing fourth in the Mens
4x100m final at a wet Joao Havelenge Stadium in cold and
rainy Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.
The team of Marc Burns, Mikel Thomas, Emmanuel Callender
and Keston Bledman ran a time of 39.23 seconds.
Burns, the most senior among the four athletes, commended
the teams performance despite not winning a medal.
did our best. We had forces working against us and we were
contemplating scrapping the team or go with what we had,
considering all that happened we did well.
Thomas ran the first leg and had the slowest reaction time
(O.318). He passed the baton to Burns, who ran competently
to keep T&T chance of wearing a medal alive.
The third leg was ran by Callender and he handed over to
Bledman who run the final leg.
Bledman did a splendid job but was too far away to catch
Winning gold was the team of Vincente Lenilson, Rafael Basilio
Junior Morais and Sandro Viana of the host country Brazil
in 38.81, the silver went to Canada (38.87), Richard Adu-Bobie,
Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton and Brian Barnett and bronze
to the Americans (38.88).
The US team included James Samuels, Rae Edwards, Rubin Williams
and Darvis Doc Patton.
Ato Modibo, Renny Quow, Jerron Solomon and Zwede Hewitt,
who made up T&Ts 4x400m Mens relay team,
also missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in their final.
The quartet ran a time of 3:03.60.
The winners were Bahamas, Andrae Williams, Avard Moncur,
Michael Matheau and Chris Brown, second the US team of Greg
Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Laron Bennett, David Neville III
(3:02.44) and third, Dominican Republic in 3:02.48. The
team included Yohelin Carlos Santa, Arismendy Peguero, Armando
Yoel Tapia and Felix Sanchez.
The womens 4x100m team of Ayanna Hutchinson, Sasha
Springer-Jones, Nandelle Cameron and Fana Ashby crossed
the line in seventh place with a time of 44.33.
The Jamaicans of Sheri-Ann Brooks, Tracey-Ann Rowe, Aleen
Bailey and Peta Gaye Dowdie, ran away with the gold medal
in a time of 43.58.
In second place were Shareese Woods, Mechelle Lewis, Alexis
Weatherspoon and Mikele Barber of the US (43.62) and third,
Cubans Virgen Benavides, Roxana Diaz, Misleidys and Anay
T&Ts 4x400m womens team had no better luck,
also running seventh in their final in a time of 3:39.67.
The unit included Janeil Bellille, Natalie Dixon, Melissa
de Leon and Ramona Modeste.
The gold medallists were Cubans Aymee Martinez, Daimy Pernia,
Zulia Calatayud and Indira Terrero in 3:27.51, the Mexicans,
Teresa Maria Rugerio, Gabriela Medina, Zudykey Rodriguez
and Ana Gabriela Guevara claimed the silver in 3:27.75 and
the US team of Debbie Dunn, Angel Perkins, Latonia Wilson
and Nicole Leach, the bronze.
Le Juan Simon, the sole field athlete competing yesterday,
and he did no place in the Mens triple jump events.
He got red flagged on his three attempts, to end with no
Brazilian Jadel Gregorio won gold while Cubans Osniel Tosca
and Yoandris Betanzos claimed the silver and bronze,