Boldon and Ashby in form over 100m
THIS EXCELLENT REPORT COURTESY OF THE IAAF WEBSITE WHERE IT FIRST APPEARED!
Sunday 20 June 2004
Ato Boldon and Fana Ashby were on fire at the Hasely Crawford Stadium bolting to impressive 100 metres victories on day one of the Sagicor Trinidad and Tobago Championships yesterday
Boldon signalled his return to form with an impressive 10.09 dash, into a 0.6 metres per second headwind. The news, though, was not all good as injuries resulted for many of the competitors. Boldon injured his left quadriceps, third placed Marc Burns aggravated his back injury, and World Championship silver medallist Darrel Brown sustained an injury to his right hip – and finished eighth - and Ruben Isaac did some damage to his calf muscles.
Fana Ashby wins the women’s 100m at the Trinidad and Tobago nationals
(R. Taylor - Trinidad Express)
With the Olympics less than two months away, four of Trinidad and Tobago’s top sprinters laying on the Mondo track, in pain, a horrific sight for the 7000-plus spectators.
But injury apart, the race was a huge success for Boldon. The quadruple Olympic medallist got a near perfect start, and at the halfway stage, was in full control. Brown surged in mid-race but in his effort to make up ground on the leader, the 19-year-old sprint phenomenon hurt his hip, and hobbled across the line in eighth spot, in 10.75.
Fifteen metres from home, Boldon, too, was slowed by injury.
“From the gun I knew that was sub-10, but after 50 metres, I started to get a lot of pressure in the quad. And then, towards the end, it cramped violently. But this is drag racing, and that’s what happens.”
Nicconnor Alexander emerged from the tumultuous final unscathed. He finished second in 10.19, equalling his PB and bettering the Olympic “A” qualifying standard by two-hundredths of a second. In spite of his back injury, Burns bagged bronze, in 10.25.
Ashby takes women’s dash in national record
Ashby dominated her rivals in the women’s dash. Running into a strong 2.2 metres per second headwind, the 23-year-old sprinter blazed to victory in 11.03 seconds, a new national record. Her clocking was a full nine-hundredths of a second faster than the 11.12 T&T standard she had established in the semi-final round.
Cydonie Mothersill (11.15) of the Cayman Islands was second in the final, while Ashby’s T&T teammate Ayanna Hutchinson finished third in 11.20, one-tenth of a second faster than the 11.30 Olympic “A” standard.
Wanda Hutson, fourth in the championship race in 11.40, had qualified with an 11.38 clocking, a new national junior record.
Kwame Laurence (Trinidad Express) for the IAAF
Men’s 100m (wind: -0.6 metres per second)
1 Ato Boldon (Memphis) 10.09 seconds
2 Nicconnor Alexander (Petrotrin) 10.19
3 Marc Burns (Rebirth) 10.25
Women’s 100m (wind: -2.2 m/s)
1 Fana Ashby (Concorde) 11.03
2 Cydonie Mothersill (Cayman Islands) 11.15
3 Ayanna Hutchinson (Phoenix) 11.20
1 Ato Modibo (Simplex) 45.72
2 Damion Barry (Tigers) 45.75
3 Renny Quow (Zenith) 46.60
1 Nickeisha Charles (Phoenix) 53.18
2 Abigail David (Memphis) 53.94
3 Josanne Lucas (Tobago Falcons) 54.14
1 Jules LaRode (Palo Seco) 4:02.35
2 Owen Sobers (Tobago Falcons) 4:02.96
3 Denzil Ramirez (Defence Force) 4:04.50
1 Pilar McShine (Success & Excellence) 4:41.18
2 Samantha Shukla (Success & Excellence) 5:03.80
3 Kema McShine (Success & Excellence) 5:07.05
Men’s 110 m hurdles (wind: -0.8 m/s)
1 Karriem Pierre (Eagles) 14.12
2 Patrick Russell (Unattached) 14.76
3 Adoniss Jones (Toco) 14.90
Women’s 100m Hurdles (wind: -1.8 m/s)
1 Alicia Cave (Eagles) 13.79
2 Cuquie Melville (Zenith) 14.97
3 Natoya Baird (Zenith) 15.46
Men’s High Jump
1 Kevin Huggins (QRC) 2.05 metres
2 Peter Springer (Palo Seco) 1.85m
Men’s Long Jump
1 LeJuan Simon (Memphis) 8.04m (wind: +2.6 m/s)
2 Amichi Goodridge (Air Bon Sonics) 7.14m (wind: +2.2 m/s)
3 Mikel Courtney (Toco) 7.08m (wind: +1.2 m/s)
Women’s Long Jump
1 Jessica DeFreitas (Guyana) 6.09m (wind: +2.0 m/s)
2 Rhonda Watkins (Bishop Anstey) 6.00m (wind: +1.1 m/s)
3 Sheron Mark (QRC) 5.71m (wind: +3.0 m/s)
Men’s Shot put
1 Dave Stoute (Simplex) 16.99m
2 Basil Andrews (Palo Seco) 13.23m
1 Natalie Dixon (Neon Trackers) 40.10m
2 Kwema Phillander (Palo Seco) 36.89m
3 Venice Frederick (Success & Excellence) 30.25m