Liverpool leaps to World Masters high jump gold
Rodney Liverpool captured the men’s high jump title at the 20th World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Porto Alegre, Brazil yesterday.
The Defence Force athlete cleared 1.90m to become this country’s first ever male World Masters champion. Liverpool defeated de Moraes Ferreira of Brazil (1.85) and Spain’s Juan Marcel Ogues to earn this country’s first medal at the meet, which began on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old improved on his fourth place finish at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Jyvaskyla, Finland. Ruby Jackson finished ninth in the women’s 70-74 shot put finals with a distance of 6.35m, while Cheryl Reyes was 11th in the women’s 55-59 long jump finals (3.16m).
On the track Andie Montique and Martin Prime were the quickest in the men’s 100m heats. Montique sped to 11.60 to win heat five in the men’s 45-49 age division and went into semi-finals set for late yesterday as the top qualifier. Prime also topped the men’s 50-54 category crossing the line in 11.79 to win heat five. Compatriot Lester Herbert was 12th fastest with a time of 12.29 in finishing second in heat seven.
Oswald Rogers and Robert Stevenson were second (14.68) and eighth (15.74) respectively in the men’s 75-59 heats. Stevenson earned a bronze medal at the 2011 edition in Sacramento, California, USA. Monica Tang Wing was third best among the women’s 75-79 competitors with a time of 17.82 in finishing second in heat one. Albert St Louis, Ahmad As-Siddiq and Joan Hospedales are also among the qualifiers. St Louis was sixth fastest in the men’s 35-39 100m in 11.19 and will be looking to improve on his silver medal from 2011.
As-Siddiq was seventh best in the men’s 65 to 69 race in 13.41, while Hospedales was 11th in the women’s 45 to 49 with a time of 14.68. Eulalia Thomas and Ruby Jackson missed out of qualifying. Thomas was 21st in the women’s 60-64 dash in 19.61, while Jackson was 19th in the women’s 70 to 74 21.24. The 100m finals in all age divisions are scheduled for today. Late yesterday multiple world champions Geraldine George Francis and Gwendolyn Smith were in action in the javelin competition.
George-Francis competed the women’s 40-44 javelin event seeking to add to her growing list of titles. The Point Fortin athlete won the 2012 world indoor shot put and javelin, the 2011 and 2009 world outdoor shot put crowns. Smith will be aiming to improve on the silver medals in the event won at the last two editions of the World Outdoor Masters. Like George-Francis, Smith captured the shot put and javelin titles in the Women’s 45 to 49 age group at the 2012 World Indoors.