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Ahye, Campbell strike silver

Rachael Thomspon-King ::
Trinidad Guardian :: 08.08.2019

Superb performances from sensational sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye and cycling star Teneil Campbell saw the national women's athletes picked up silver medals in their respective events, to increase T&T's medal haul to six at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday.

Ahye raced across the line in second place with an 11.27 seconds-clocking to win T&T's first medal on the track, following Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who won gold in 11.18, to the line.

"It's like I'm shocked excited," Ahye after finishing runner-up to the Olympic champion. "This is my first Pan Am team, I'm excited right now.

The national women's sprint champion in lane six stayed close to Thompson, who was in lane five.

"I almost, but I still have some stuff to work out. Hopefully, by Worlds I will get all my stuff together to be in front of her or right next to her," said Ahye with a smile.

"It feels really good to win T&T's first track medal."

During the morning period, Campbell picked up T&T's fifth medal of the Games, copping T&T's first-ever silver medal in the women's time trial (18.5km). At the San Miguel Circuit, the national cyclist finished second with a time of 24:50.24.

An achievement national cycling technical director Erin Hartwell said he was truly very proud.

"Teniel's silver medal marks the fourth from cycling at these Pan American Games," said Hartwell. "This is a huge achievement for her personally; however, it's an even bigger accomplishment for women's sport in T&T as the first female cyclist to medal in T&T history."

In Athletics

Later at the Athletics Stadium at the National Sporting Village, Ahye raced ahead of Brazilian Vitoria Rosa, who stayed on for bronze with 11.30.

T&T's Kelly-Ann Baptiste also faced the starter in the final of the dash and placed eighth in 11.52.

In the Men's 100m final, Keston Bledman was eighth with a 10.43-clocking. American Michael Rodgers won gold with 10.09, Brazilian Paulo Andre Camilo De Oli (10.16) was the silver medallist and Antigua and Barbuda Cejhae Greene (10.23) bagged the bronze medal.

Earlier though T&T's supporters were left in shock during the first heat in men's 400m semifinals.

Favourite Machel Cedenio had all baffled as to what went wrong during the final metres of his heat, even the meet's commentator was stunned as he commented that "he was in such a good position to qualify for the medal race but fell out of contention near the finish line".

After making a good run for most of the one-lap event, Cedenio was in second position some 50m out but slowed almost to a stop 15m from the line, falling way behind to cross in a disappointing sixth place with 46.77.

Cedenio is a key part of the relay team and questions were raised as to whether he will be available to compete to which national athletics team manager George Commissiong said: "He's in good spirits and expects to ready for the relays."

On what happened in the semifinals, Commissiong said, "Initial feedback from Machel indicate that he felt what may have been a cramp coming into the home straight and he decided that rather than risk injury he would shut down."

"We have a competent medical team in Lima and he will be assessed accordingly. Notwithstanding the unfortunate incident, he remains motivated and take the incident in stride and is looking forward."

St Hillaire was hoping to advance to the medal race but his 46.04-clocking placed him fifth in the second semifinal heat.

In the women's 800m final, Alena Brooks was a sixth-place finisher in a time of 2:02.75 while in the men's long jump final, Andwuelle Wright placed seventh with his best leap measuring 7.62m.

Meanwhile, in the Women's Heptathlon, Tyra Gittens led after three disciplines with 2,803 points. She won the high jump with 1.83 earning 1,016, was second in the shot put with 13.43 (756) and earlier was fourth overall in the 100m hurdles with 13.63 (1,031).

Late Tuesday, T&T field athlete Portious Warren placed 13th after failing to register a mark, unfortunately fouling on each of her three throws.

In Cycling

T&T's other cyclist Alexi Costa's 27:53.69 was good enough for 16th place in the event in the women's time trial.

Both Campbell and Costa will next chase gold on Saturday in the women's road race at the same venue from 10 am (T&T time), hoping to pick up more medals for T&T, who now has five - two gold, two silver and a bronze.

In the men's time trial, T&T's cyclists Tyler Cole and Jovian Gomez finished down the order. Cole placed 16th, clocking 50:14.88 while Gomez was unfortunately 20th and last with 55:25.84.

Both cyclists will also be back at the circuit on the weekend going for glory in the men's road race as well as Akil Campbell and Kemp Orosco. 

In Swimming

National swimmer Dylan Carter was T&T's lone chance to win a medal in last night's programme after progressing as an automatic qualifier in the men's 200m freestyle final at the Aquatic Centre.

Carter moved on with the fourth-fastest time in the heats earlier, touching the wall first in heat one with a time of 1:49.08.

"I hope I didn't cruise too much", said Carter after his qualifying swim. "It was easy like taking a bath but I expected more fro the heat. Hopefully, the next two heats are not too fast."

In the early session, Giselle Gursoy, competing in the women's version of the race, qualified for last night's B final after her time of 2:07.38 placed her 14th overall.

Kael Yorke was another local swimmer in the pool and he too placed 14th overall with 55.53 in the men's 100m butterfly following the three heats. He was to swim in the B final as well.

Late Tuesday, Gursoy competed in the women's 400m freestyle B final and placed second with a time of 4:24.17.

Graham Chatoor also got a chance to race in the men's 400m freestyle B final and placed fifth with a 4:02.77-clocking.

In Rowing

Rower Felice Chow will compete for gold in the women's single sculls after placing second in heat two with a time of 7:48.79 this morning at Albufera Medio Mundo.

According to national canoeing and rowing manager Merryl See Tai: "Conditions were very good. Direct to A Final with the second-fastest time. Very pleased with the performance."

Chow, who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, will race in the final on Friday at 10 am.

In Archery

Daniel Catariz set a new national record in the men's recurve individual ranking (72 arrows) round producing a score of 649 points to be in 20th position.

The local archer proceeds to the 1/16 elimination round to meet Cuban Hugo Franco from 10 am on Friday.

After five races, T&T sailors Andrew Lewis and Kelly-Ann Arrindell were in seventh and 11th positions respectively in their respective men's and women's Dinghy Opening Series races at Bahia de Paracas on Tuesday.

Lewis had a major drop in race three, placing 15th but bounce back well in the other two, finishing fifth and then third in races four and five respectively.

Arrindell recorded positions of eighth, 12th and 14th in her respective three races.


Ahye, Campbell strike silver
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Gold medalist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, center, silver medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, left, and bronze Vitoria Cristina Silva of Brazil pose for photos at the podium for the women's 100m during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday. (AP) © Martin Mejia

Ahye, Campbell strike silver
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T&T sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye, wrapped in the national flag, celebrates winning the silver medal in the women's 100m final during the the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday.

Ahye, Campbell strike silver
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Silver medalist Teniel Campbell of Trinidad and Tobago, from left, gold medalist Chloe Dygert of the United States, and bronze medalist Laurie Jussaume of Canada, pose for photos during the medal ceremony for the women's road cycling individual time trial finals at the Pan American Games in Lima Peru on Wednesday. (AP)

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