Friday, February 23, 2018

Collingwoods strike gold


PERSONAL BEST: Richard Collingwood

Kwame Laurence

Trinidad and Tobago field athlete Richard Collingwood threw a personal best 50.97 metres to strike gold in the men's discus, at the Southern Miss Invitational outdoor track and field meet, in Mississippi, USA, on Saturday.

The University of Southern Mississippi student led the competition from the very first round. He opened with a 44.72m effort, but it was his second round throw - 49.12 - that put gold out of the reach of any of his rivals, including twin brother and Southern Mississippi teammate, Robert Collingwood, who finished sixth with a 40.96m throw.

Richard landed the disc 48.78m in the third round, 48.95 in the fourth and 48.01 in the fifth, before unleashing his 50.97m heave in the sixth and final round.

Robert turned the tables on Richard in the shot put, throwing the iron ball a personal best 17.50m to claim victory.

Robert was in a class of his own, producing five throws that were better than the best effort from second-placed Derek Dark, the American securing the runner-up spot with a 16.35m throw.

Robert started his series at 16.80m, followed up with the huge 17.50 heave, and then fouled in the third round. He threw 16.36m in round four, before closing off the competition at 16.83 and 16.53.

Richard bagged bronze with a 16.19m effort.

At the McNeese Cowboy Relays, in Louisiana, T&T's Ashlee Smith won the women's discus with a 48.31m throw.

The McNeese State University student finished fourth in the shot put (12.43m) and eighth in the hammer throw (39.91m).