Thursday 12 December, 2019

T&T sweeps gold, breaks records at CAC Games in Colombia

Trinidad and Tobago stamped their name at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games over the weekend in Barranquilla, Colombia, winning six medals and setting new records at the competition. 

Olympic swimmer Dylan Carter won two gold medals for swimming, breaking two of CAC's records, with times of 48.95 and 23.11. Fellow swimmer Joshua Romany won bronze with a time of 24.05. 

In cycling, trio Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne, and Njisane Phillip won gold with a combined time of 43.873 seconds, a new games record, well ahead of Venezuela (44.578 secs) and Colombia (44.172 secs) which got silver and bronze respectively.

Cyclist and reigning Caribbean Road Race and Time Trial champion, Teneil Campbell, won bronze in the Women’s Scratch Race (10,000 metres/40 laps). The medal for 20-year-old Campbell is the first ever at the CACSO Games by a women’s cyclist for this country in their first ever appearance as well.

Earlier on the same track, the duo of Costa sisters, Alexi and Jessica as well as Christian Farah and Alex Bovell missed out on qualification to the Women’s Team Pursuit (4,000m) medal round.

The T&T women combined for a time of 4:51.022, a new national record, for the fifth spot.

Olympian, Felice Aisha Chow secured T&T’s first ever women’s medal in rowing, competing in the Women’s Singles Scull contested over a distance of 2,000 metres.

Chow, who competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016 crossed the finish line in nine minutes, 26.24 seconds for silver behind Cuban, Yariulvis Cobas (9:13.05 mins) while Mexico’s Naiara Arrillaga took bronze in (9:41.22 mins). 

CAC Games in 2018

In hockey, teenager Shaniah De Freitas netted two goals, as T&T women’s hockey team battled past Barbados 2-1 to improve to a perfect 2-0 round-robin record at the Unidad Deportivo Pibe Valderrama. However, it was the Barbadians who struck first in the 17th minute through Keisha Boyce after a 0-0 first quarter.

De Freitas, 18, playing in her sixth international match for the ‘Calypso Stickwomen” drew T&T level five minutes later from the penalty spot and with two minutes left in the match she was on spot to score again to earn her team a deserved win.

Olympian Andrew Lewis had a mixed day on Saturday as he placed second in the fourth of his Laser Radial races before a 16th placed in race five while Kelly-Ann Arrindell was fifth and ninth in race four and five respectively.  


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