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Sat, Aug

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games
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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.

The delegation’s final two medals came on Saturday evening when two-time Olympic medallist Keshorn Walcott earned silver in the men’s javelin and the men’s 4x400m relay team sealed bronze. In the end, TT placed 17th out of 30 countries, by value of the medals, while the team’s medal count - 13 - was, in fact, the 16th highest by number.

This was TT’s best ever medal haul at the Pan Am Games, bettering the eight medals amassed at the previous Games in Toronto, Canada in 2015.

Last evening, Lawrence finished 29th out of 32 golfers, shooting 24-over-par. Wood, meanwhile, won her first judo match in the women’s +78-kilogramme quarter-final, beating Sasha Ingraham of the Bahamas 11-0 to move into the semifinals. However, Wood lost the semi-final to Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz 10-0 and, in the repechage, fell 10-0 to Izayana Marenco of Nicaragua.

Nicholas Paul closed with the most honours, sealing TT’s only two gold medals – in the men’s sprint and the men’s team sprint (along with Njisane Phillip and Keron Bramble). Paul defeated Phillip in an historic sprint, which for the first time saw two riders from TT or anywhere the Caribbean compete against each other in a Pan American sprint final.

Teniel Campbell, like Paul, continued her unstoppable rise in cycling, as she too got a pair of silver medals – in the women’s time trial and in the road race.

Cycling accounted for the most valuable of TT’s medals, while athletics won the same number of medals, five, but no gold.

Michelle-Lee Ahye and Jereem Richards took silver medals in the women’s and men’s 200m final, while Walcott and the 4x100m men’s relay team sealed the other silver medals.

The other medal, a bronze was captured by the men’s 4x400m relay team of Dwight St Hillaire, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore and Machel Cedenio.

TT’s first medal came from boxer Michael Alexander, who won his first bout in the men’s 64kg welterweight division to move into the semifinal, which guaranteed him the bronze at the least. He lost his second match to finish joint third.

Dylan Carter, meanwhile, broke one record and got a bronze medal in the men’s 100m backstroke.

One of the last medallists for TT, the 43-year-old veteran rower and Olympian Felice Chow, sealed silver, the least expected from her as Chow entered the final as the second fastest rower in a brilliant qualifying effort.

There were some notable hiccups and untimely injuries suffered by TT’s best, including Tyra Gittens’ late knock in the women’s heptathlon having held a lead going into the final day of her event, only to withdraw with one test remaining.

Despite the set-backs, the national organising committee, fans and athletes are expected to to be thoroughly satisfied with team’s overall performance. The athletes, especially the highly talented and passionate gold medal winning team sprint cyclists, are said to have won over many new fans in Peru.

TT medals –


Bronze - Dylan Carter - Men’s 100m backstroke


Gold - Keron Bramble, Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul - Men’s team sprint

Gold - Nicholas Paul - Men’s sprint

Silver - Njisane Phillip - Men’s sprint


Silver - Teniel Campbell - Women’s individual time trial

Silver - Teniel Campbell - Women’s road race


Silver - Felice Chow - Women’s single sculls


Bronze - Michael Alexander - Men’s 64kg light welterweight


Bronze - Dylan Carter - Men’s 100m backstroke


Silver - Jereem Richards - Men’s 200m sprint

Silver - Jerod Elcock, Keston Bledman, Akanni Hislop, Kyle Greaux - Men’s 4x100m relay

Silver - Michelle-Lee Ahye - Women’s 200m sprint

Silver - Keshorn Walcott - Men’s javelin

Bronze - Dwight St Hillaire, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore, Machel Cedenio - Men’s 4x400m


2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

Dates: Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Host city: Lima, Peru
Athletes: 6,690


2019 TT Pan Am team

AQUATICS: Dylan Carter, Kael Yorke, Graham Chatoor, Jade Chatoor, Gabriela Donahue, Giselle Gursoy; Tracy De Montrichard-Carter, Chase Bloch, Joseph Mc Leod (officials).

ARCHERY: Daniel Catariz; Colvin Chin (official).

ATHLETICS: Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett, Alena Brooks, Kamaria Durant, Sparkle McKnight, Cleopatra Borel, Portious Warren, Tyra Gittens,Keston Bledman, Kyle Greaux, Jereem Richards, Dwight St Hillaire, Machel Cedenio, Reubin Walters, Akanni Hislop, Jerod Elcock, Asa Guevara, Andwuelle Wright, Wimani Stewart, Keshorn Walcott, Shakeil Waithe, Deon Lendore, Mauricia Prieto, Ayla Stansclaus, Tonya Nero; George Comissiong, Ian Carter, Nic Connor Alexander, Charles Joseph, Arlon Morrisson, Mastrapa Lopez, Wendell Williams (officials).

BADMINTON: Nekeisha Blake; Melvin Thomas (official).

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Malika Davidson, Rheeza Grant, Daynte Stewart, Marlon Phillip; Nancy Joseph, Stephen Enile (officials).

BOXING: Nigel Paul, Aaron Prince, Tyron Thomas, Micheal Alexander; Reynold Cox, Rawlson Dopwell (officials).

CANOE SPRINT: Matthew Robinson, Nicholas Robinson; Merryl See Tai (official).

CYCLING: Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble, Quincy Alexander, Jabari Whiteman, Kemp Orosco, Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomez, Akil Campbell, Teniel Campbell, Alexi Costa; David Francis, Erin Hartwell, Gene Samuel, Elisha Greene, Gabriel Thomas (officials).

GOLF: Isabella Lawrence; Wayne Baptiste (official).

GYMNASTICS: Joseph Fox; Charlie St Leger (official).

HOCKEY: Karlos Stephen, Akim Toussiant, Jordan Reynos, Kristien Emmanuel, Teague Marcano, Sheldon De Lisle, Marcus James, Mickell Pierre, Tarik Marcano, Daniel Byer, Micheael O’Connor, Shaquille Daniel, Lyndell Byer, Kwandwane Browne, Caleb Guiseppi, Dylan Francis, Joel Daniel, Malcolm Baptiste; Glenn Francis, Kirth Davis, Huw Stevens, Nicholas Baldeosingh (officials).

JUDO: Gabriella Wood; Mark Littrean (official).

ROWING: Felice Aisha Chow; Monica Hilcu (official).

RUGBY: Apphia Glasgow, Leah Kintiba, Nicolette Pantor, Blossom Stewart, Fayola Jack, Marika Mendez, Carlina Phillip, Maria Thomas, Kwanieze John, Aqiyla O’Brien, Kathleen Stephen, Kanisha Vincent; Jenilee Limada, Carlton Felix, Kelson Figaro (officials).

SAILING: Andrew Ivan David Lewis, Kelley-Ann Mary Arrindell; Official: Kairon Serrette (official).

SHOOTING: Anthony D Maraj, Marsha Bullen-Jones, Robert Auerbach, Roger Daniel; Ian Cockburn (official).

TABLE TENNIS: Rheann Chung; Anthony Corbin (official).

TAEKWONDO: Megan Lawrence; Cheryl Ann Sankar (official).

Team TTO in PAN AM 2019