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TEARS of joy flowed in Trinidad and ­Tobago and Brazil yesterday when Cleopatra Borel became the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to reach a final at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Borel qualified for the medal round of the women’s shot put, which took place last night.

The athlete shed tears during an interview with an ESPN reporter after competing in the qualifying round of the event and apologised to her mother for crying on camera.
Speaking to the Express yesterday, Borel’s mother, Marcelle Borel, said she too shed tears along with Cleopatra’s sisters, Natasha and Sandy, as they looked at the event at ­Natasha’s home in Charlieville, Chaguanas.

Borel (M) said: “Her two sisters and I were looking at it. We were praying for her and we are glad that she made it. It’s a great feeling. We are looking forward to the finals tonight. I always like my children to do their best. Whatever you do, always do it to the best of your ability and God will do the rest.”

She said: “This is history in the making. She always wanted to do this. Since she was a little girl, she wanted to go to the Olympics. She went now four times, and it will be great to see her medalled.

“If she medalled tonight (last night), that will be great, but she will continue with athletics maybe for a year or two, and then move on.”

Marcelle Borel said many people called with congratulatory messages. “Well-wishers have called, and they were really emotional about it, especially people in Mayaro, they would be emotional about it.”

Borel (C), who is from Mayaro, stays in Woodbrook near the Hasely Crawford ­Stadium.

Her brother, Oji, told the Express: “I have seen how much work she has put in for the last four years, so I am just really happy for her and I am really proud of her, and she just always works really hard and I know this was something she wanted and we all have our fingers crossed and we are looking forward to the finals tonight (last night).”

Member of Parliament for Mayaro Rush­ton Paray said: “We are very excited for her. I am very excited to see that she made it into the final and I am hoping for a gold medal this time around. She is a Mayaro girl.
“First of all, she has always excelled in the field of sports. I think she is an ideal role model for our athletes, even our young ­students in Mayaro.”

And Sport Minister Darryl Smith said: “She really did us proud. Now it is just for us to assure her, pray for her and support her in the finals so we could get a medal from her, this being her final Olympics.”
Smith said he already sent a WhatsApp message to Borel, congratulating her.

“The entire Cabinet, the Prime Minister, everybody is excited. We are happy for her. I think it will be really deserving if she could bring it home for herself,” the minister said.

He noted Borel has done well in her sporting career and he looked forward to her encouraging others in the sporting ­arena.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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