Carter Earns Commonwealth Games Silver Medal
Trinidad and Tobago earned it’s first medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games after Dylan Carter won Silver in the Men’s 50m Butterfly at Optus Aquatic Centre on Friday 6 April.
Carter touched the wall in 23.67 behind South African Chad Le Clos who won 23.37, with Ryan Coetzee (23.73) finishing third.
On Thursday morning, in the preliminary heats, Carter finished first in heat 6 in 23.62; swimming the second fastest time overall. Dylan swam the semifinal 1 later that evening placing 2nd in 23.90 behind Australian Grant Irvine (23.79).
Despite feeling slightly unwell in his semifinal swim on Thursday night, he felt prepared heading into the finals. "I was a bit off last night (in the semifinal) but as soon as I hit the pe (tonight) I knew I was going to be in the mix. I touched the wall and I thought I'd be top two and I was."
Beach Volleyball duo Abby Blackman and Rheeza Grant made a commendable effort against the English pair Grimson/ Palmer. However, Grant/ Blackman were defeated 21-16, 21-12.
Also in today’s results, the Men’s Table Tennis Team suffered a 3 - 1 defeat against Northern Ireland. Most notably, Dexter St. Louis had an impressive showing in Match 1 after defeating Ashley Robinson (NIR).
In the first round of the Men’s Keirin, Njisane Phillip (6th), Nicholas Paul (5th) and Kwesi Browne (3rd) all missed out on qualifying for the second round. Phillip, Paul and Browne competed in the repechage, all placing 2nd in their respective heats but it wasn’t enough to move forward onto the next round.
Tomorrow’s events include:
Beach Volleyball – Men
TTO vs SKN
Daynte Stewart, Daneil Williams
Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle
Cycling Track – Men’s Sprint Qualifying
‘Carnival’ in Queensland for Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
The Gold Coast got a taste of ‘Trini’ Carnival during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia on April 4th.
Team TTO brought colour and vibrancy to the Carrara Stadium during the Parade of Nations. The capacity crowd of 35, 000 got a glimpse of Trinidad and Tobago culture as Track and Field athletes Ayanna Alexander and Tonya Nero along with Badminton player Niam Mohammed paraded with the contingent in Tribe Carnival costumes.
The display was welcomed by all, with Team TTO being featured in international roundups of the Ceremony including the highly acclaimed BBC Sport.
The business end of the ‘Friendly Games’ begins for Team TTO on Thursday April 5th with Joseph Fox in Gymnastics and Jenna Ross in the Women’s Triathlon. It will be a busy day as swimmer Dylan Carter also opens his campaign in the 50-meter Butterfly while boxer Michael Alexander is set to face his first bout in the men’s 60kg category. Team TTO will also be in action in the Men’s Team Sprint in Cycling as well as the Men’s and Women’s Singles Squash competition.