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Trinidad shines at International Twilight Games

Trinidad shines at International Twilight Games

Posted by Shanelle Weir on May 05, 2014

Olympic medalists Keshorn Walcott and Richard Thompson, as well as veteran Cleopatra Borel, were all in winners’ row at the second annual International Twilight Games, which was staged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Friday evening.

Walcott, in his first appearance on local soil for the 2014 season, was unable to replicate his 84.39-metre throw from 2013, but he was an easy winner with 79.33m. Representing the club Rebirth, the 2012 London Games champion threw 78.83m with his first try and bettered that with his second effort. 

Osmani Gonzalez of Cuba got the silver medal after he recorded a best of 74.78m while recently-crowned Carifta Games gold medallist Shaquille Waithe of Rebirth had to be contented with the bronze after he threw 71.15m. 

Richard Thompson, the 2008 Beijing Games silver medallist, was another successful Rebirth athlete on Friday, as he captured gold in the men’s 100- metre sprint in 10.10 seconds, ahead of Guyana’s Adam Harris, who ran 10.23, and former national ace Darrel Brown, who crossed the finish line in 10.31. 

Cleopatra Borel, the long-standing Trinidad and Tobago shot put queen, was triumphant with a best effort of 18.83m. The Rebirth entrant was the only woman to go beyond 17 metres on the evening. 

Yaniuvis Lopez of Cuba got silver in 16.64m, while Cherisse Murray of Toco TAFAC took bronze in 13.58m. 

In the men’s 110m hurdles, Mikel Thomas of Rebirth sped to victory in 13.47 seconds, with Jhoanis Cardenas of Cuba (13.61) and Andrew Brunson of the United States (13.87) trailing, while another American, Tawanna Meadows, claimed gold in the women’s 100m invitational in 11.18, followed by Jade Bailey of Barbados (11.37) and Kamaria Durant of Simplex (11.46). 

Cuba’s Roberto Perez won the men’s 200m in a time of 20.37 seconds, with Charles Clarke of the United States second in 20.66 and Kyle Greaux of Abilene Wildcats third in 20.72,while American Jeffery Gibson took the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.66, ahead of Rebirth’s Emmanuel Mayers (50.96) and another American, Frederick Sharpe (51.36). 

Liemarvin Bonevecia of Puerto Rico was the winner of the men’s one-lap with a 46.24 seconds clocking, followed by Cuba’s Yoandys Prado (46.39) and Rebirth’s Zwede Hewitt (46.54) while, in the women’s equivalent, Gilda Aguilera of Cuba prevailed in 52.28, well ahead of the Neon Trackers duo of Romona Modeste (54.37) and Renee Stoddard (56.44). 

In a tense men’s 800m battle, Jorge Martinez of Cuba got the better of Rebirth’s Jamaal James to strike gold in one minute 47.83 seconds, with James next in 1:48.15 and Kendis Bullard of the Defence Force settling for bronze in 1:49.53. 

Dawnell Collymore of Memphis Pioneers cruised to victory in the women’s half-mile, with a time of 2:16.59. Elia Nero of Toco Titans followed in 2:21.15 while Shirley Stapleton of Cougars was third in 2:25.19. There were some drama in the men’s long jump, as Kyron Blaise overtook Rebirth clubmate Andwuele Wright to prevail. 

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