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Hackett, McKnight settle for seventh place

T&T umpire Mc Clean takes charge of hockey semis
Friday, April 13, 2018
England’s Zharnel Hughes is notified of his disqualification after a lap of honour to celebrate the Commonwealth Games men’s 200 metres gold medal on Thursday night at at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia. PICTURE AP

In the Women’s 200 metres final, Semoy Hackett running from Lane 1 finished seventh in a time of 23.16 seconds and said afterwards,” It was very challenging to run I think I executed an ok race but it was not enough to make on the podium so I am going to have to just go back and try again” she said.Asked about her performance she said, "I'm very happy with my performance. I wanted more for myself but I am fairly ok with what I did tonight.”

With regards to news from the T&T camp about the composition of the 4x100 women relay team. The event will be a straight final and T&T has drawn Lane 8 for tomorrow race. Hackett said ,"That is a big plus for the team. We will rest now, but I know there will be training tomorrow (Friday). We have been training together for the last few weeks.”

As to the status of the Games reigning 100 metres woman champion Michelle-Lee Ahye involvement in the team, Hackett said, "I think she is still not running at this stage, but if tomorrow (Friday) she decides to run we welcome her, if not we are glad for her support.”

Meanwhile, Sparkle McKnight finished 7th in the Women’s 400 meters Hurdles contest in a time of 57.45 seconds and although she started well in the final she appeared to lose her stride approaching the halfway point.

She told Guardian Sports Media afterwards,"I felt some pain at the halfway mark and had to slow my stride a little. I did not expect to feel that pain so early, but it happened. It changed everything, but I was going for it tonight. It was good and not so good at these Games because I gained a personal best (55.15), which I'm very pleased about, but then this happened today which leaves me disappointed. It's early in the season and if I can do this now then let's see what happens over the rest of the season. Next up for me will be the Grenada Invitational."

In the Round of 16 Table Tennis, Men’s Doubles, Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson lost 0-3 to Australia’s Hu Heming/Yan Xm.

In Shooting, the Mens 25 metre Rapid Fire Pistol shooting event - Roger Daniel was 11th with a score of 266 and Rodney Allen was 12th with a score of 262. Then in the Individual Queens Prize Final Day 2, Michael Perez placed 30th and Delborn Joseph 31st.

Meanwhile, while the 200 metres men's final was in progress, T&T's Ayanna Mc Clean, the daughter of former FIH umpire Cherryl Franco, was umpiring the women's hockey semi final match between Australia and India at the Commonwealth Games.

Ayanna is the first umpire from the Caribbean to carry the whistle at a Commonwealth Games semifinal. Lets congratulate her too.

Borel chases elusive gold

T&T's most experienced and decoraded shot-putter, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Cleopatra Borel qualified for today’s final which comes up at 6.40 am ( TT time). The Mayaro native will throw in position #9.

She qualified for the final behind her first throw of 17.46m from Group A.

“I had some very good throws in warming up this morning. From the time I threw it I knew it was okay. I'm now going to get myself ready for tomorrow's final and stay focus. “I'm not putting any pressure on myself," Borel told Guardian Media Sports.

Asked what is her objective for final she said, "I would love to win a medal and that is my goal, but I'm not thinking about colour right now, it is about ensuring that I go through my routine and get that right.”

Also yesterday, in the third Heat of the Women’s 800 metres, T&T's Alena Brooks ran a blinder and led the field into the home straight and was only passed with about 75 meters to go before finishing fifth in a New National Record time of 2:01.81 seconds.

She said after, “Maybe I went out too fast and was on the lead from too early and that is a lesson. I will have to learn from this for the future and curb my anxiety and wait a little and be more patient. But otherwise, I'm pleased with my time."

Brooks, 26, whose previous best time was 2.02.70 said, "My main goal is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and that means that I have to continue to put in the hard work necessary.”

T&T's Akeem Stewart, who was due to participate in Group A of the Men’s Discus, did not start the event.

Shakeil Waithe was schedule to contest for honours in the javelin event from last night in the Group A and from position 7.

Also, last night, T&T’s men 4x100 metres relay team was seeking a book its place in the final from Heat 1 and Lane 3. Also in that heat are the host Australia and South Africa, while the men's 4x400 metres team will start its quest from Heat 2 and running out of the favourable Lane 4. The other contenders in that heat includes Caribbean neighbours Jamaica and Bahamas and the host nation.




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