Both the women and men athletes failed to progress from the semifinals to the finals which were respectively won by Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria in anew games record time of 10.85 seconds and by Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica.
With medal front-runner prospect Michelle Lee Ahye withdrawn from semifinal Heat one because of niggling hamstring problems, Kamaria Durant and Kai Selvon finished 8th and 6th respectively in their semifinal heats and could not make the women’s 100 final.
And when Keston Bledman and Richard Thompson both finished third in their respective semifinals, their times of 10.24 and 10.19 were not better than the third and fourth place times from semifinal Heat two which sent Mark Jelks of Nigeria (10.13) and Ramon Gittens of Barbados (10.15) into the final.
TT’s next immediate medal target comes in swimming today with George Bovell III in the final of his preferred 50-metre freestyle event.
Bovell III had reached Sunday’s final of the 50-metre backstroke but withdrew.
And should LaLonde Gordon, Renny Quow and Jarrin Solomon continue their winning ways in the men’s 400 metres semifinals after yesterday’s heats, TT would count another medal thrust in track competition.
In boxing both Aaron Prince in the middleweight division and lightweight Michael Alexander are going unbeaten so far and seeking to reach the last four.
The TT netball and women’s hockey teams meanwhile continue to find the going tough and yesterday the netballers went down 34-69 to Australia while the hockey ladies took a 14-nil beating from India, this following their 16-nil loss to South Africa, a 14-nil defeat against New Zealand and a 1-4 fall against Canada.