FLYING TRINI: Trinidad and Tobago's Njisane Phillip, en route to a new Pan American Games record in the men's flying 200 metres, in Guadalajara, Mexico, yesterday. Phillip clocked 9.977 seconds. —Photo: AP

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T&T cyclist Phillip sets new Pan Am Games standard in 'Flying 200'

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Njisane Phillip established a new Pan American Games record in the men's flying 200 metres, at the Panamerican Velodrome, in Guadalajara, Mexico, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago cyclist stopped the clock at 9.977 seconds to erase American Marty Nothstein's 10.304 standard from the books.

Nothstein set that record at the 1999 Games, in Winnipeg, Canada, and then went on to make a successful defence of his men's sprint title.

As the fastest qualifier, with his 9.977 scorcher, Phillip drew 12th-placed Alejandro Mainat in the 1/8 finals. The 20-year-old T&T rider defeated his Cuban opponent.

In the quarterfinals, last night, Phillip rode against American Michael Blatchford. The result was not available up to press time.

Roger Daniel fell short in his bid to get to the men's 50m pistol final. The T&T shooter finished 11th in the qualifying competition with a score of 536. The top eight advanced to the final.

On Sunday, Daniel earned silver in the 10m air pistol event.

The 10m gold medallist, American Daryl Lee Szarenski, picked up silver in the 50m final with a total of 640. Guatemala's Sergio Sanchez (648.9) emerged victorious, while third spot was copped by Brazilian Julio Almeida (639.9), the 10m air pistol bronze medallist.

At the end of the opening day of men's trap qualifying, T&T's Robert John Auerbach is listed in 12th spot with a score of 70. Qualifying continues this morning, and the final will be contested later in the day.

There were mixed results yesterday for France-based table tennis players Dexter St Louis and Rheann Chung.

St Louis was victorious in his opening men's singles Group G match, against Peru's Juan Acosta, the T&T player prevailing 3-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 13-15, 11-7 in the ding dong battle.

However, St Louis was then beaten by seventh-seeded Marcelo Aguirre, the Paraguayan winning 13-11, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7.

St Louis takes on Ecuador's Geovanny Coello today, in his final round-robin match. The top two players from the group will qualify for the knockout phase.

Chung seemed on course to upset third-seeded Ariel Hsing of the United States when she took a 2-0 lead in their Group C showdown. But Hsing bounced back to win 10-12, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-1, 11-8.

Chung, though, kept her qualification hopes alive by outlasting Guatemala's Analdy Lopez 11-13, 8-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9. But in the duel that decided who would join Hsing in the knockout draw, Chung lost to Ruaida Ezzeddine. The Venezuelan beat her T&T opponent 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8.

In sailing, T&T's Andrew Lewis is still in eighth spot in the men's laser class competition. Lewis finished ninth in race three and seventh in race four, and now has 33 points, ahead of races five and six, tomorrow.

T&T's women's beach volleyball pair–Ayanna Dyette and Elki Phillip–went under in three sets to Ecuador's Ariana Vilela and Ketty Chila in their final Pool F fixture.

Dyette and Phillip lost 14-21, 23-21, 6-15--their third defeat in as many preliminary round matches.

T&T lost their opening game in the women's football tournament, going under 1-0 to Colombia.

Lady Patricia Andrade was on target for the Colombians in the 19th minute.

In the men's football tournament, T&T square off against Uruguay today.

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