Borel 3rd, Bledman struggles
Shot putter Cleopatra Borel was in good form when finishing third yesterday at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix athletics meet at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England. But Trinidad and Tobago's London 2012 Olympic 4 x 100 metres sprint bronze medalist Keston Bledman struggled and almost pulled up in the 100 metre men's A race at the Athletic Bridge in Slovakia where he finished last of six competitors.
Borel, who did not make the final at the recently-concluded London Olympics, heaved the iron ball 18.36 metres. Topping the eight-strong field was New Zealand's Valerie Adams who threw a distance of 20.52 metres, while American Michelle Carter was second with a 18.71 metre heave. Borel has a shot put best throw of 19.42 metres set in July 2011 at the Meeting Areva in France.
Having won 100m event at Trinidad & Tobago's Sagicor/NGC National Open Track and Field Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo in June with a personal best clocking of 9.86 second clocking, Bledman may have been injured as he ran his slowest race this year. Bledman, clocked 15.05 seconds to finish sixth in the sprint. Jamaicans took the first two spots in the race, with quick-starter Nester Carter (10.01 seconds) beating compatriot Michael Frater (10.12 seconds) to first spot. Englishman Dwain Chambers was only just edged out for second by Frater, as he too clocked 10.12 seconds in picking up third spot. Jamaican Lerone Clarke (10.24) and Canadian Justyn Warner (10.26) filled the other two spots, ahead of T&T's Bledman.