Trinidad and Tobago’s globe-trotting lead shot putt athlete Cleopatra Borel had a close call at defeating the world-best putter New Zealand’s Valerie Adams in Switzerland yesterday and the underdog TT women’s football team remained unbeaten after two matches in the eight-nation Pan Am Games tournament in Toronto, Canada — this double accomplishment softening the agony of defeats suffered by two TT cricket teams, a men’s hockey team and a medalless finish by 100-metre freestyle finalist Dylan Carter at the Pan Am Games.
The TT Boys Under-17 cricket team, needing a victory to win the regional age-group championship which was ending in Tobago yesterday suffered an upset seven-run duckworh-lewis loss to Guyana in their rain-affected final-round match at Mount Pleasant.
The Windward Islands beat the Leeward islands by 203 runs at Canaan meanwhile and they also beat TT to the title in what was the fourth edition of the 50-overs-per-side tournament.
Last night at the Queen’s Park Oval the Red Steel sucked in an agonising four-wicket defeat in their rain-affected Caribbean Premier League T20 homecoming match against the St Lucia Zouks who got the 17 runs they needed from the last over of the game that was reduced to nine overs per side because of the rain-delayed three-hour-long start.
The Zouks needed seven from the last two balls bowled by Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo and he was hit for a six off the penultimate ball and the Zouks got the winning single off the last – the Zouks 91 for 6 in reply to the Steel’s 90 for 4 for the win.
At the Pan Am Games yesterday TT’s men’s hockey team, in their first match, virtually swallowed a goal a minute losing 11 nil to Argentina who started the scoring in the 26th and ended it on the hour mark.
And 19-year-old TT USA-based swimmer Dylan Carter was fifth in the 100-metres freestyle final as TT’s first real chance for a medal in what was Day four of the 16-day games.
The TT women’s football team got a goal from Kenya Cordner three minutes from full time to draw 1-1 with Colombia who had scored in the 4th minute. TT had drawn 2-all with Argentina in their Games opener on Saturday and now seek a closing group win against Mexico on Saturday to progress to the tournament’s semifinal.
The women’s team saw the men’s team take a 4-nil beating from Uruguay on Monday.
Borel had placed 4th ahead of Adams in fifth in an 11-competitor Diamond League event in Paris on July 4 but yesterday the TT shot-putting ace with an 18.65-metre third best throw of four was overtaken late by Adams – the New Zealander striking with an 18.73 metre fourth-round throw to win the event at the one-day European athletics classic meeting in Luzern, Switzerland.
It was the second outing in 2015 for Adams and a return to winners’ row after her fifth place finish in Paris that was her first loss after a winning sequence of 56 races dating back to August 2010. Adams, Olympic and world champion was returning to action this year after off-season surgery to her right elbow and the removal of bone from her left shoulder.
Also at the pan Am Games yesterday Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s beach volleyball pair of Malika Davidson and Ayanna Dyette lost their opening-round match to an Argentine pair 11-21, 13-21, rifleshooter Anthony Maraj was 28th of 29 in the Men’s Trap event and judo representative Christopher George was beaten 0 to 100 by Uruguayan Manuel Bueno in their men’s 100-kg contest.