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Sprinter Cain-Claxton strikes gold

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 29.08.2019

Nyoshia Cain-Claxton threw her arm in the air as she crossed the line to win T&T's second gold medal on Wednesday at the Parapan American Games at the Athletics Stadium in the National Sporting Village in Lima, Peru.

Cain-Claxton (T44 Class) clocked 13.38 seconds to reach the top of the podium in the women's 100 metres T64 final, beating the 100m T64 silver medallist Beatriz Hatz of the USA into second place with 13.71 while American Catherine Carey claimed the bronze with 14.07.

This was the local sprinter's second medal of the Games and T&T's third after winning bronze on Sunday in the 200m T64 with a 28.81-clocking, behind American duo gold medallist Sydney Barta (28.09) and Hatz (28.13), who won silver.

Over on the field, Akeem Stewart copped silver in the men's javelin F64 final to push T&T's medal haul to four. He saved his best for last heaving the spear 55.42 to improve on his personal best which he bettered in his opening throw with 54.93m to sit in second place behind Brazilian Jeffe De Lima (54.99) after the first round.

Stewart (F43), who was hoping to repeat as champion after recording then a new world record with 53.36m in Toronto, Canada in 2015, dropped to third place after Gerdan Fonseca Bernal passed both throwers with a massive 55.88m in round two. Stewart registered a 54.38-throw.

On his third attempt, he fouled but coincidentally on his fourth try, the national para-athlete matched his opening throw of 54.93m and then a 53.26m in the fifth, to stay third. However, he came good on his sixth and final attempt to place second.

On Tuesday though, Stewart repeated as champion in the men's F64 discus event, breaking his World record and clinched T&T's first gold medal. Stewart got to the winning distance of 63.70m to beat the World and Pan American F43 record of 63.03, he set at the Parapan Games in Toronto

In the men's shot put F11 final, Carlos Greene had to settle for the sixth spot after his best throw measured 10.19m.

He started well and was in second place with his 10.01m-throw after opening round behind eventual winner Alessandro Da Silva of Brazil, who opened with a huge 13.10-throw to take the lead which he held on to each of the six rounds.

Greene improved in the next two rounds with marks of 10.10m and 10.19m, respectively but dropped to fifth place. His fourth throw of 9.68m saw him remain in the same position. He fouled his fifth attempt and his sixth only got to 9.90m-mark to slip sixth.

On Sunday, Greene competed in his first event, the men's F11 discus, and placed fifth with 27.76m.

At the Aquatic Centre, local swimmer Shanntol Ince, swimming in lane six, clocked 5:25.19 to place fifth and last in the women's 400m freestyle S9 final

On Monday, Ince placed sixth in the final of the 50m freestyle S9 with 33.23. She progressed to the medal race with the sixth-fastest time with 33.06 after placing fourth in heat two.

Ince will have one more chance to reach the podium when she dives into action on Friday in the women's 100m freestyle S9 heats which starts at 9.38 am.


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Nyoshia Cain- Claxton

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