The 20th Commonwealth Games has its official opening ceremony scheduled for today in Glasgow, Scotland with Trinidad and Tobago among the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth represented by close to 150 athletes to compete in 13 of the 17 sporting disciplines during the 11-day event.
And while there will be no competition in Glasgow today with the attraction being the opening ceremony – competition starts tomorrow -, the 15th IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships opened in Oregon, USA yesterday with action, action, action and Trinidad and Tobago fielding eight athletes.
Five of them have qualified for today’s second-day competition headed by Machel Cedenio, the 2014 world leading 400-metre junior athlete who won his 400-metres Heat yesterday.
Cedenio returns today for semifinal action and also advancing from yesterday’s Heats to today’s semifinals are the two girls 100-metre sprinters Zakiya Denoon and Aaliyah Telesford, the boys 100-metre sprinter Jonathan Farinha and 100-metre hurdler Ruebin Walters.
Denoon was second in Heat 6 of the girls 100 metres timed at 11.83 seconds while Telesford was third in Heat 3 in a time of 11.81 seconds.
Their times rank them as 23rd and 24th of the 53 girls in the sprints.
Farinha meanwhile was a game second in Heat One of the Boys sprint, timed at 10.37, the joint eighth fastest time of the 49 youths.
Walters was first TT athlete to progress as the 110-metres hurdles brought the first two TT athletes out on the track and he was second in Heat 5, timed at 13.76 seconds, the eventual 17th fastest time of the 24 qualified for today’s semifinal.
But his compatriot Aaron Lewis did not advance after finishing 8th and last in Heat 6.
Both the boys and girls semifinals and finals are scheduled for today and expectations are that the TT athletes will make their best stride to reach the medal round.
With two athletes per event per country allowed, TT’s Asa Guevara did not advance with Cedenio as Guevara finished 6th of the seven runners in Heat One of the seven Heats in a time of 49.48 seconds, the 41st fastest time of the 50 boys in action.
Cedenio’s Heat winning time of 46.60 seconds placed him fourth fastest and he is in today’s semifinal Heat 3 of three.
John Mark Constantine meanwhile failed to qualify for the boys 100 metres after finishing 5th in Heat 6, timed at 10.67 seconds.