Falcons Games attract record 1,300 athletes

The recently hosted Falcons Athletic Club annual Track and Field Championships hosted in Trinidad for the first time since its inception because of the unfavourable condition of the mondo track at the Dwight Yorke Stadium was a major success.

Durly Lucas, the Club's president told the Tobago News that the record number of entries was much more than they anticipated and beyond his expectation. According to Lucas, there was almost a 100 per cent increase in entries, close to 1300 while last year's game in Tobago had about 700.

The Championships was officially declared open by the Honourable Chief Secretary Orville London who also gave a short address at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on May, 30.

Despite the increased number of Trinidad athletes, the Tobago athletes certainly held their own as Zenith Athletic Club finished atop the table, ahead of Point Fortin New Jets and Memphis Pioneers while the hosts Falcons was fifth.

The 400m and 110m hurdles were two of the major attractions at the meet and they lived up to their billings.

In the 400m Olympic bound 400m athlete, Jehue Gordon, suffered a rare defeat on home soil in his pet event when he was upstaged by Puerto Rico's Eric Ajaedrono. The Puerto Rican crossed the line in 50.29 seconds, while Gordon was two seconds adrift of him.

However, Gordon avenged his defeat in the 110 hurdles when he clocked 13.82 seconds to Ajaedrono's 14.55 seconds.

Keshon Walcott warmed up for the Carifta Games with a record breaking throw in the men's javelin of 77.53m. He broke his own CAC junior record that he set last year.

Another feature race was the men's 100m that was won by Olympic bound Emmanuel Callender in 10.22 seconds ahead of Moriba Morain and Jonathan Holder. Lisa Wickham won the women's version in 11.78 with Nicole Davis and Chelsea Charles finishing second and third, respectively.

Zenith's Douglas and Ron Wright finished one, two in the junior 200m in 21.70 and 21.96, respectively while the experienced Rachel Hercules won the women's shotput with a 12m heave.

Falcon's Akeem Stewart also won his shotput event with 16.69m throw and Edson Moses claimed the high jump with a leap of 1.76m, while Andwelle Wright who was unattached won gold in the Under 17 long jump with an impressive 6.75m jump.

St Vincent's Cleavelan Forde ruled the field in the Durly Lucas 10k and 1500m winning two gold medals, while Falcons Kenejah Williams was also a double gold medal winner.

He was hardly extended in winning the shotputt with a heave of 15.85m and then outclassed the field in the discus with a 49.81m throw.

Other double gold medal winners were Jenea Spinks, Adel Calthrust, Renne Sloddard, Kyle Stanley, Denny Gualbance and Charles Graves.

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