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Liverpool wins World Masters high jump gold
Rodney Liverpool captured the men’s high jump title at the 20th World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Porto Alegre, Brazil yesterday. The Defence Force athlete cleared 1.90 metres to become T&T’s first ever male World Masters champion. Liverpool defeated de Moraes Ferreira of Brazil (1.85) and Spain’s Juan Marcel Ogues to earn this country’s first medal at the meet which began on Wednesday. The 36-year-old improved on his fourth place finish at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Jyvaskyla, Finland. Ruby Jackson finished ninth in the women’s 70-74 shot put finals with a distance of 6.35m while Cheryl Reyes was 11th in the women’s 55-59 long jump finals (3.16m). On the track, Andie Montique and Martin Prime were the quickest in the men’s 100m heats. Montique sped to 11.60 to win heat five in the men’s 45-49 age division and went into semi-finals set for late yesterday as the top qualifier.
Prime also topped the men’s 50-54 category crossing the line in 11.79 to win heat five. Compatriot Lester Herbert was 12th fastest with a time of 12.29 in finishing second in heat seven while Oswald Rogers and Robert Stevenson were second (14.68) and 8th (15.74), respectively in the men’s 75-59 heats. Stevenson is the reigning bronze medal from the 2011 edition held in Sacramento, California, USA. Monica Tang Wing was third best among the women’s 75-79 competitors in a time of 17.82 in finishing second in heat one in the 100m events. Albert St Louis, Ahmad As-Siddiq and Joan Hospedales are also among the qualifiers. St Louis was sixth fastest in the men’s 35-39 100m in 11.19 and will be going to improve on his silver medal from 2011. As-Siddiq was seventh best in the men’s 65 to 69 race in 13.41 while Hospedales was 11th in the women’s 45 to 49 with a time of 14.68.
Eulalia Thomas and Ruby Jackson missed out of qualifying. Thomas was 21st in the women’s 60-64 dash in 19.61 while Jackson was 19th in the women’s 70 to 74 21.24. The100m finals in all age divisions are carded for today. Late yesterday multiple world champions Geraldine George Francis and Gwendolyn Smith were in action in the javelin competition. On the first day of competition on Wednesday, Susannah Joefield was the best local female finisher in the 8 kilometre cross country event finishing 11th in the women’s 60-64 age-group with a time of 44.56. Suzan Garcia was 19th in the women’s 45 to 49 category (40.29). In the men’s competition on Thursday, Cantius Thomas was 12th in the men’s 45 to 49 race (28:33) while Curtis Brereton was 21st among the men’s 50-54 competitors (32.14).g
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