Former national sprint legend Ato Boldon believes strong performances by this country’s relay teams in recent times can lead T&T to its best ever medal haul at the Rio Olympics from August 5-...
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Borel third in Diamond League
Cleopatra Borel recorded her third best toss of the season, yesterday, when the two-time Commonwealth athlete placed third at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco. Borel, the only T&T athlete in Diamond League action on the day, secured a 18.96 meters distance on her first attempt, before she threw 18.65m twice and 18.46m in her next three attempts. She was beaten by runaway Diamond League leader, Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who won the event with a 20.38m effort. USA’s Michelle Carter finished second with a 19.05m throw.
Borel’s feat comes two weeks after she placed fourth in Lausanne with an 18.88m effort. Her season best stands at 19.10m (Copa La Habana, Cuba), which was a winning throw recorded in March. Her second best effort for the season was at the New York adidas Grand Prix, where she recorded 19.04m. Borel is a member of T&T’s athlete contingent preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games starting in Scotland on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, top T&T women’s sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye, who opted out of yesterday’s action because of a hamstring injury scare she suffered in Switzerland after copping a 100m and 200m double on Tuesday, is now recovering well and getting some vital rest before the challenge for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Despite remaining unbeaten for the year, Ahye’s previous world leading time (10.85) was erased by Diamond League leader USA’s Tori Bowie, who clocked 10.80 seconds. Veronica Campbell-Browne (Jamaica) placed second in 10.96 seconds, while Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure placed third in a season-best 10.97 seconds. Allyson Felix of the USA and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce (Jamaica) both ran season-best times in 11.01 to place fifth and sixth, respectively.
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