AHYE 2ND: Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, left, Nigeria’s Justinah Sule and British Virgin Islands’ Karene King compete in the heats of the women’s 100m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. —Photo: AFP

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Debutant Carter 5th in 100 free final

By Kwame Laurence in Glasgow

Commonwealth Games debutant Dylan Carter underlined his tremendous potential with a superb swim out of lane seven in the men’s 100 metres freestyle final, at the Tollcross Swimming Centre here in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.

Though 18-year-old Carter was the youngest man in the championship race field, he was undaunted, the Trinidad and Tobago swimmer touching the wall in 49.56 seconds—just outside the 49.50 national 15-17 record he had established in Saturday’s semis (a swimmer’s age-group is determined by his age at the start of the year).

“I’m pleased,” Carter told the Express, after the final. “A little slower than the semi-final, but marginally, so I can’t complain about that. It’s a great start to hopefully more Commonwealth Games in the future.”

All three medals went to Australia, James Magnussen leading the charge with a 48.11 seconds swim. Cameron McEvoy earned silver in 48.34, while Tommaso D’Orsogna clocked 49.04 to secure bronze.

About an hour after his fifth-place finish in the 100 free final, Carter was back in the pool, swimming in the first 100m butterfly semifinal heat. He finished eighth in the race and 16th overall in 54.45 seconds. The eight fastest men will be on show in today’s final.

In the first round of the 100 fly, Carter had clocked 54.21 seconds—a new national open record—to finish fourth in heat three. He was 14th fastest of the 16 men who advanced to the semis.

“The meet didn’t turn out quite as I expected,” said Carter, “but I can’t complain with things like national records.”

T&T’s George Bovell had qualified for yesterday’s 50m backstroke final, but opted out of the race in order to rest for his pet event, the 50 free. He will swim in heat nine in this morning’s opening round.

At Scotstoun Campus, T&T’s France-based table tennis pro Dexter St Louis combined with Curtis Humphreys and Aaron Wilson for a 3-0 whipping of Ghana in the men’s team classification final.

Humphreys opened the account with a come-from-behind victory over Emmanuel Commey, T&T’s best home-based player winning the match 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-9. In the next contest, St Louis got the better of Felix Lartey at 5, 9 and 7. And in the doubles, Humphreys and Wilson beat Lartey and Derek Abrefa 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7.

The triumph over Ghana earned T&T 15th spot in the 28-team competition. In the women’s team event, T&T qualified for the main draw, and finished joint-ninth in a field of 22.

T&T coach Reeza Burke told the Express he is “quite happy” with the country’s performance here in Glasgow.

“More so with the women making the final draw. But there is consolation in the fact that on the men’s side we were able to get through with four other victories in that draw and end up winning outright. It tells me that we are just on the brink of making the top of the draw.”
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