Bledman, Thomas golden in Amsterdam
Kwame Laurence email@example.com
Trinidad and Tobago athletes, Keston Bledman and Mikel Thomas were in winners’ row at the Flame Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Saturday.
Bledman stopped the clock at 10.11 seconds to top the men’s 100 metres field. He finished ahead of Netherlands sprinter, Churandy Martina (10.12) and Barbadian Ramon Gittens (10.22).
In the qualifying round, Bledman was first to the line in heat one in 10.15 seconds, leading all qualifiers into the final. Martina won heat two in a wind-assisted 10.20.
Thomas emerged victorious in the men’s 110m hurdles, the 25-year-old getting home in 13.64 seconds. American Ty Akins was the runner-up in 13.74, while Gianni Frankis of Great Britain clocked 13.79 to cop third spot.
At the Amsterdam Open, also on Saturday, T&T’s Ayanna Alexander produced a 5.78 metres leap to seize silver in the women’s long jump. The top spot went to Hungary’s Bernadett Berecz with a wind-aided 6.06m jump.
Thomas was back in action yesterday, at the ISTAF meet, in Berlin, Germany. He improved his clocking by one-tenth of a second, his 13.54 seconds run earning him bronze, behind Cuba’s former world record holder Dayron Robles, the winner in 13.35, and Great Britain’s William Sharman (13.46).
In one of the feature events at the meet, the men’s 100m dash, Jamaican sprinter Kemar Bailey Cole won in 10.04 seconds, ahead of St Kitts and Nevis veteran Kim Collins (10.15) and Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (10.17).