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Olympic youth athletes return empty-handed

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 17.10.2018

Kelsey Daniel was the lone T&T ath­lete in ac­tion yes­ter­day at the Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­genti­na and he left emp­ty-hand­ed af­ter com­plet­ing Stage two in the men's triple jump event. This means that T&T ex­its the in­ter­na­tion­al event with­out any medals.

Daniel had a com­bined to­tal of 27.77 me­tres to place 15th and last over­all with his sec­ond-best mark mea­sur­ing 13.13m yes­ter­day. This was added his per­son­al best mark of 14.64m achieved on Sat­ur­day.

Stage one leader Cuban Jor­dan Ale­jan­dro Di­az For­tun dom­i­nat­ed the field and won gold with a com­bined to­tal of 34.18m, reg­is­ter­ing marks of 17.14m in the first stage and 17.04m in the oth­er. In­eh Oritse­meyi­wa of Nige­ria was the sil­ver medal­list with 31.85 (16.34/15.51) and bronze went to In­dia's Praveen Chithrav­el with 31.52 (15.84/15.68).

Daniel was one of two T&T ath­letes that com­pet­ed in track and field. The oth­er was sprint­er Do­minic Cole and he fin­ished 25th over­all in the men's 100m event with a com­bined time of 22.53 sec­onds, clock­ing 11.52 to place fifth in heat four of Stage one on Fri­day and on Mon­day in Stage two, third in 11.01 in the sec­ond heat.

T&T was al­so rep­re­sent­ed in swim­ming and fut­sal at the Youth Olympics, the world's largest mul­ti-sport com­pe­ti­tion for young high-per­for­mance ath­letes, which be­gan on Oc­to­ber 6 and ends to­mor­row (Thurs­day). 

Kael Yorke was the sole swim­mer com­pet­ing for T&T and he raced in three events, first in the men's 100m but­ter­fly, then in the 50m but­ter­fly and in the 200m but­ter­fly. Yorke did not ad­vance past the heats in any of the events.

In his first event on Oc­to­ber 8, rac­ing in heat five, he touched the wall in 55.72 sec­onds to place eighth and 28th over­all. Two days lat­er, he was 26th over­all af­ter plac­ing fifth in 25.20 in the fourth heat and on Fri­day, he clocked 2:05.03 to place third in heat two and 21st on the sum­marised ta­ble.

Debu­tants to the sport of fut­sal, play­ers Aaliyah Prince, Kya Ed­wards, Nathi­fa Hack­shaw, Moe­ne­sa Mai­jas, Chelsea Ram­nauth, Maria Frances Ser­rant, Roshun Williams, Shami­ka York and Afiyah Corn­wall gave a good ac­count of them­selves but did not make it out of the first round.

In its open­ing match of Group C, the na­tion­al team was crushed 14-0 by Thai­land but bounced back to beat Ton­ga, 7-5 thanks to a beaver-trick from 16-year-old Afiyah Corn­wall, Aaliyah Prince, 17, added a pair of goals for T&T while 14-year-old de­fend­er Moe­ne­sa Mejias net­ted the oth­er.

How­ev­er, it was the lone win for T&T in the five-team pool, los­ing to Bo­livia, 5-2 with one goal com­ing from Mejias and the oth­er item, an own goal on Fri­day.

The fol­low­ing day, Nathi­fa Hack­shaw scored the lone item for T&T in a huge 16-1 de­feat to Spain, who will play Bo­livia for the bronze medal to­day and lat­er, the gold medal match will be be­tween Por­tu­gal and Japan.

Lead­ing the medal count is Rus­sia with


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Triple jumper Kelsey Daniel

Olympic youth athletes return empty-handed
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Sprinter Dominic Cole

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