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Cleopatra Borel's 'Throws meet' triumph

Kelvin "N" :: Trinidad Guardian :: 17.03.2019

The Cleopatra Borel Foundation should take a bow after hosting a very entertaining and all-encompassing Throws Meet yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.

The event started on time and had a large cross-section of the throwing population with competitors vying for honours and experience in the Under 13, 15, 17 and 20 age groups together with men and women open.

The event also attracted the throwing Coaches at the facility including Olympic Javelin Champion Keshorn Walcott, Coaches Kerron Browne, Mustrapha, Lester O'Souna and Joyce Walker-Thomas.

Borel was very happy with the first edition of the Throws Meet saying, "I thought it was fabulous. We saw a very high turn out of females at the competition and that augurs well for the country going forward. We need to compete and Competitions like this will only improve our athletes.

She said, "We saw some of our Carifta based athletes were on show, we saw our young and budding throwers and then there was a good turn out of those from Universities. In addition to this, we saw many veterans on the field and this says a lot for the sport. Nothing improves you like competition and the more competition like these that we stage the better our Throwers will become."

Borel added, "We started off thinking only about, the Shot Put, but after careful consideration, we decided that all the throws should be in and that is what we did. I know some of our women like Gwendolyn Smith who is preparing to go to Poland to compete in here. Ayanna Roach who has an excellent chance to bring home a medal at the Carifta Games in Cayman Island is also here."

In the Under 13 Girls Shot Put event Janeille Bailey was first with a throw of 5. 15 metres.

In the Girls Under 15 Category, Janika 'Hulk' Jordan was first putting the 'iron ball' 7.90 metres.

Rokena Elder throw furthest in the Under 17 Girl's Shot Put event with her 9:78 throw. Gwendolyn Smith struck gold with her 13.66 metres heave. Shawna Downey was second with a putt of 11.26 metres.

In the Discus event, Jade Greaves posted a winning throw of 21.44 to be ahead of Jada St Hillaire who registered 19.51 metres distance.

Downey was very good in the women's category as she posted a throw of 38.99 metres to edge Kieanne Blackman who threw 38.01. Chelsea Browne topped the Under 15 Girls with her throw of 16.80 metres.

In the Javelin event, Smith was again in winner's row with her throw of 34.43 metres. Downey had to settle for second with her heave of 22.06. However, Jad St Hilaire took the top prize in the Under 20 Girls event with her throw of 25.39 metres.

In the men's Shot Put section Gyasi Boisson was first with a throw of 14.18 metres with Jaden James taking top honours in the Under 17 Boys category with his putt of 11.78.

In the Discus event, Keon Francis sent the disc 41.23 metres to win the men's category, while Joel Andrews took the under-20 title with his 36.65 metres throw. Jaden James was second with 34.96 metres.


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Kieanne Blackman throws the discus during the Cleopatra Borel Foundation Throws Meet at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo yesterday - Anisto Alves

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