Wednesday 21st May, 2008


2008 Hampton Games Bolt’s 9.92 highlight of the meet

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Hilenn James of GC Striders in action during the women’s shot put event. She threw 13.16m to win the event.
Photo: Anthony Harris

By Clydeen McDonald

Although Usian Bolt’s 9.92 was the highlight of Hampton International Games held over the weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, fans can take many wonderful performances by our local athletes as a marker of where we are in the athletics world.

On Sunday, T&T Jacey Harper ran a strong third in the men’s 200m dash finishing the race in 21.48 seconds. Harper, who had form much of the race seemed to be in contention for one of the top two spots but fell behind when they neared the bend. The race which was eventually won by American John Capel, who clocked a 20.66, and Christopher Williams, last year’s Men’s 100m champion, came in second with a time of 20.79.

In the Men 200m “B” race Rondell Sorillo running for Palo Seco was edged by Guyana’s Lee Powell, who won the race in 20.98. Sorillo ran a time of 21.05 with Jurgen Theman of Suriname rounding off the top three with a time of 21.42.

While T&T captured the top places in both the Women’s 200 metres with Semoy Hackett of Zenith returning another race winning performance in 23.68. While in the Women 200m “B” race Reyare Thomas of Neon Trackers also won in 23.68. Jovon Toppin, Zwede Hewitt and Rene Baird of Memphis, Rebirth and Zenith respectively gave T&T a top three finish to shut-out the mostly Caribbean field in Boys U-20 200m. Toppin, who also won this race last year in 20.87 ran 20.80 this time around shaving .07 seconds of his previous time.

In the Men’s Triple Jump Chris Hercules the former Texas State All American Track Star was only narrowly beaten into second by American Raffique Curry. Hercules produced a top jump of 16.11 metre while Curry produced 16.21m jump.

On Saturday, the T&T trio of Aaron Armstrong (10.15), Emmanuel Callender (10.24) and Jacey Harper (10.43) finished 4th, 5th and 7th in the Men 100m dash. The race which was won by Bolt did however help the locals judge their readiness for the national Championship later this year. There is room at this stage for one or two more members for the national 4x100 team.

Nicconner Alexander of Rebirth won the Men’s 100m “B” race registering a time of 10.30, while Sorilla returned 10.40 for Palo Seco.

In the Women’s 100m dash Semoy Hackett of Zenith running out of lane four took full advantage of the absence of 2007 100m champion Tahesia Harrigan and Sri Lanka’s 2002 Olympic sliver medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe.

Hackett has in the last few weeks produce go performance the last coming at the Zenith relays where she ran 11.52, she however produces personal best of 11.33 finishing ahead of Jamaica’s Nadine Palmer 11.41 and Jade Bailey of Barbados.

The next test for our local athletes will come in the National Championships where the Olympic team will be decided.


Men 100 Meter Dash International

1. Usian Bolt Jamaica 9.92

2. Mike Rodgers USA 10.07

3. Capel John USA 10.12

Men 100 Meter Dash

1. Niconnor Alexander Rebirth 10.30

2. Rondell Sorillo Palo Seco 10.40

3. Lee Powell Guyana 10.42

Women 100m International

1. Semoy Hackett (Zenith) 11.33

2. Nadine Palmer (Jamaica) 11.41

3. Jade Bailey (Barbados) 11.56

Women 100m

1. Ayanna Hutchinson (Concorde) 11.42

2. Wanda Hutson Memphis Pioneers 11.68

3. Alisha Fortune Guyana 11.76

Boy’s U-20 100m

1. Shermund Allsop (Concorde) 10.56

2. Abiola Glasgow (Palo Seco) 10.59

3. Shane Brathwaite (Rising Stars) 10.72

Girls Under 20 100m

1. Tamika Rawlins (T&G Academy) 11.72

2. Marecid (Bass High) 11.87

3. Kirlene Roberts (Memphis Pioneers) 12.01

Men 5000m Run

1. Pamenos Balleentyne (St Vincent) 15:24.25

2. Rupert Green (Jamaica) 15:42.89

3. Lionel Dandrade (Running Brave) 16:01.63

Men 200 Meter Dash

1 John Capel (USA) 20.66

2 Christophe Williams (Jamaica) 20.79

3 Jacey Harper (T&T) 21.48

Men 200 Meter Dash “B”

1 Lee Powell (Guyana) 20.98

2 Rondell Sorillo (Palo Seco) 21.05

3 Jurgen Themen (Suriname) 21.42

Women 200 Meter Dash

1 Semoy Hackett(Zenith) 23.68

2 Wanda Hutson(Memphis) 24.00

3 Keenan Gibson(Rebirth) 25.01

Women 200 Meter Dash “B”

1 Reyare Thomas (N/Trackers) 23.68

2 Sasha Sringer-Jones(Memphis) 23.81

3 Ginou Ettienne(Haiti) 23.87

Boys U20 200 Meter Dash

1 Jovon Topping(Memphis) 20.80

2 Zwede Hewitt(Rebirth) 21.22

3 Rene Baird(Zenith) 21.66

Men 1 Mile Run

1 Jules LA Rode(Penal) 4.22.47

2 Cliffton Syvester(Hampton) 4.24.54

3 J. Pilgrim Royal Youth 4.24.59

Women 400 Meter Hurdles

1 Tiffany Rose Williams(USA) 55.24

2 Shivon Stoddard (Jamaica) 57.03

3 Janiel Bellille (N/Trackers)

Men 400 Meter Hurdles

1 Ricky Harris (USA) 51.70

2 Adrian Mann (USA) 52.40

3 Ansil Nicholson (Memphis) 52.71


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