Record-setting Trinidad and Tobago off-spin bowler Jon-Russ Jagessar shared last weekend sporting bright lights with local swimmers Gabriel Bynoe, Nikoli Blackman and Zachary Anthony, footballer Josimar Belgrave, the Defence Force football team and American NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin .
Jagessar’s eight wickets in wrecking Jamaica Scorpions for a second innings 155 all out at Sabina Park, Jamaica yesterday landed him the best bowling figures in an innings in the regional first-class championship and his match haul of 11 jettisoned him into joint second on the highest (12) haul of wickets in one match in the competition.
Yesterday too swimmers Bynoe, Blackman and Anthony recorded first places in their five events in the Amateur Swimming Association’s Long Course Pentathlon Age-Group Championships contested in the Marlins 50-metre pool at West moorings the trio among ten champions crowned.
They won the pentathlon’s freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and 200-metre Individual medley races – Bynoe of the Tidal Wave Club dominant in the Boys 13 to 14 age group, Blackman if Marlins leading all-comers in the Boys 9 to 10 grouping and Anthony, another Marlins member in the eight years and under division.
Also topping their age groupings were Marlins’ Courtney Lawrence (Girls) and Atlantis Club’s Jeron Thompson (Boys) in the 15 years and over competition, Atlantis’ Jada Chai – Girls 13 to 14; Tidal Wave’s Naomi Patterson and Marlins’ Jonathan Andre in the 11 to 12 bracket and Tidal Wave duo Neishelah Caseman (Girls 9 to 10) and Shauna Nelson (Girls 8 and under).
In football Josimar Belgrave not only lashed in four of his Defence Force team’s eight goals in their title-clinching 8-2 roll over relegation-bound last-placed team Stokely Vale at the Marvin Lee Stadium but he sealed hold on the Golden Boot in the TTFA’s National Super League’s 2015-2016 championship.
Belgrave tallies 31 to be six clear of second-high scorer Carlon Hughes who scored one of first championship runner-up team Guaya United three in their 3-1 triumph over also relegation-bound La Horquetta F C at the Larry Gomes Stadium.
Defence Force and Guaya were separated by one point – 63-62 – heading into yesterday’s 28th and last championship match for 14 of the 15 teams and with both winning the one-two standing was intact with Defence Force officially the champions.
Denny Hamlin won the closest finish in Daytona 500 history he drove his Toyota, NASCAR number 11, first to the finish line one/1000th of a second ahead of Martin Truex Jr.
“This is the pinnacle of my career for sure. I don’t have a championship yet, so this is the biggest win,” said Hamlin, 35, who was in fourth position with one lap to go. “I had no anticipations of winning this race on the white flag lap. I didn’t know we had won. I knew it was close.
“I heard people on the radio crazy and excited and assumed we won at that point.