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TT Hockey girls swamp Bermuda 6-0

Monday, July 24 2006

CARTAGENA: Trinidad and Tobago women’s hockey team beat Bermuda 6-0 on Saturday night when they opened their campaign at the 20th Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia.

Stacey Sui Butt opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Orie Trotman added another item just before half-time. Trinidad and Tobago got second half goals from Trotman, Yesania Luces (2) and Sui Butt again to complete the domination of the Bermuda team The men’s team was scheduled to play Puerto Rico in their first encounter and yesterday the women came up against Mexico. And when the boxing competition got underway, Trinidad and Tobago’s Denzil Salazar and Aaron Hasette were both beaten.

But seven-time Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) champion Shawn Terry Cox, of Barbados, and Jamaican Nicholas Walters, who won the “Best Boxer” award at the CABA championship earlier this month in Trinidad, both won their opening bouts handsomely.

Cox, the reigning Commonwealth Championship light heavyweight gold medallist, beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Denzil Salazar 14-1 on points.

Pedro Salinas, of Colombia, beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Hassette 14-3 in a 64kg bout.

In the swimming competition Barbadian teenager Bradley Ally sped to his second swimming record as he captured the men’s 200 metres individual medley on day seven of the Games on Saturday.

Ally, 19, outclassed his rivals and stopped the clock at two minutes 02.98 seconds, shattering the previous mark by almost three full seconds as he won his third gold medal this week and led a Caribbean sweep of the event.

Shaune Fraser, of the Cayman Islands, and Bahamian Jeremy Knowles tied for second to each collect silver and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Bovell placed fourth.

Ally featured in another medal effort on the night when he helped Barbados grab the bronze medal in the men’s 4X100-metre medley relay.

In what is being hailed as the best allround English-speaking Caribbean swimming performance ever at a major international games, the region finished the six days of competition with 29 medals, including 12 gold.

Ally, who had won the 200 breaststroke and 400-metre individual medley (IM) in a record time on Tuesday night, was a hot favourite for the 200 IM and won with authority.

He raced with the leaders during the opening butterfly and backstroke phases and took command in the third quarter of the race with a telling breaststroke phase that crippled his rivals’ chances of upsetting him.

He surged ahead in the breaststroke and began the final freestyle phase with a clear lead, splashing down the last stretch for the win that erased the previous record of 2:05.59 by Mexico’s Diego Urretra in El Salvador four years ago.

Knowles and Fraser engaged in a keen tussle for silver and could not be separated at the finish, both clocking 2:04.51 to share the runner-up spot.

Bovell was fourth in 2:06.01.

Ally then swam with Andrei Cross, Terrence Haynes and triple gold medallist Nicky Neckles to register a time of 3:48.65 for third in the men’s 4X100-metre medley relay that Venezuela won in 3:45.98, ahead of Mexico (3:46.12).

Knowles, who won a bronze and two silver medals during the week, placed fourth in the men’s 400 freestyle, which Mexico’s Ivan Lopez won in a record 3:57.21.

Mexico’s Alfredo Jacobo won the men’s 50-metre breaststroke in 28.85, while Barbadians Cross (29.60) and Haynes (30.26) fifth and seventh respectively.

Puerto Rico’s Vanessa Garcia produced a fabulous swim in the women’s 100-metre freestyle, clocking a games record 55.80 for a clear win.

The Mexicans collected four gold medals on swimming’s final night, with Maria Gonzalez and Teresa Victor logging games record victories.

Gonzalez won the women’s backstroke in 1:04.28 and Victor took the 100 butterfly in 1:02.46, topping the previous mark of 1:03.01 by Trinidad and Tobago’s Siobhan Cropper in Venezuela eight years ago.

Ally and Neckles combined for six Barbados gold medals, while Jamaican Alia Atkinson swept four gold medals.

Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell and Fraser, of the Cayman Islands, completed the 12 championship titles that CARICOM won at the Aquatic Centre.

Meanwhile, there were a few medals for the region in squash.

In the boxing ring Puerto Rico’s Carlos Negron defeated Guyana’s Fitzroy Richardson in two rounds in a 81-kilo light heavyweight contest.

Competing in the 57kg featherweight category, Walters beat Haiti’s Pierre Evens 15-6 and he has since gone on to win his quarter-final contest 17-4 over Pedro Solistizol, of Guatemala.

Solistizol had beaten the Virgin Islands’ Otoniel Ortiz in round two in his first bout.

In the 64kg division, Hugo Moolennar, of the Virgin Islands, and Grenada’s Kennis Joseph were winners.

Moolennar beat Nicaragua’s Eduardo Mendoza 23-12, and Joseph stopped Jamaican Ricardo Smith in three rounds. Joseph was eliminated in his next bout, beaten by Puerto Rican Kenny Galarza in two rounds.

Other CABA boxers were beaten in their bouts.

Urina Serna (Colombia) eliminated Guyana’s Dexter Marquez 13-6 in the 51kg division, and another Colombian Jonathan Romero defeated the Virgin Islands’ Akino Harvey 14-8 in the 54kg category.

(CMC)

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