|Phillip shines at National Cycling |
Sunday, May 12 2013
OLYMPIC CYCLING ace Njisane Phillip won the Elite Men Match Sprint (flying 200 metres) on Friday, on the fourth day of the 2013 National Cycling Championships, at the Arima Velodrome.
Phillip needed only two rides to defeat Quincy Alexander, the 2012 Match Sprint winner, in the final.
Early in the evening, Phillip set a new track record as he clocked a time of 10.707 seconds, while Alexander registered a brisk 10.798 and Azikiwe Kellar had the third fastest time in the heats (11.066). In the semi-final phase, Phillip got the better of Haseem McLean while Alexander was too much to handle for the experienced Kellar.
Also, four junior women dipped below the minimum qualifying standard of 14.00 seconds in the Flying 200m as young Keiana Lester set a new junior Arima track record with a time of 13.198. Aziza Browne, Joy Abigail-John and Kollyn St George all set new personal best times in the flying 200m at Arima as they all dipped below 14 seconds.
In the Elite Women category, Jodi Goodridge clocked her fastest time at the Arima Velodrome with a nippy 13.272 with Kerliann Wellington also had a personal best, with the second fastest time of 13.408. And, in the final, Goodridge emerged victorious over Wellington.
The Junior Men section saw two cyclists achieving the Junior Pan Am minimum qualifying standard of 11.80 seconds as Justin Roberts clocked 11.473 and Samuel Mahabir 11.783.