Stewart, Waite secure NACAC medals
STEVE WAITE grabbed triple jump silver and shot puter Akeem Stewart got a bronze during yesterday’s final day of the 2014 NACAC Under 23 Championship of Athletics in Kamloops, British Colombia, Canada.
Mark London, Trinidad and Tobago’s premier middle distance runners, also reached the 800 metres final, where he finished seventh in the eight-member field. London clocked 1:52.87. He had qualified eighth fastest for yesterday’s final, clocking 1:53.0. He was fifth in heat two of the 800 metre event, but qualified as one of the two fastest losers.
A team of five athletes, including sprinter Moriba Morain and high jumper Deandra Daniel represented Trinidad and Tobago at the meet. Both had failed to advance past the preliminary round on Friday’s opening day.
Waite, a 2012 CAC junior triple jump bronze medalist, leapt 15.94 metres when finishing second to American Eric Sloan (16.2m) in yesterday’s eight-man triple jump final, with Bahamian Lathone Collie Minns third (15.86m).
Meanwhile, Stewart threw the iron ball 17.76 metres when trailing a pair of Americans in the six-man shot put final. The American Willy Irvin won the event with a 19.44 metre throw, with his compatriot Darrell Hill second with 18.85 metres.
A differently-abled athletes from Tobago, Stewart has as a personal goal being selected for T&T at both the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A leg impairment classifies Stewart, 22, as a para athlete.
He also competes in the open class has emerged as a big name in para athletics. In November, he threw 17.49 metres in his class, less than one metre shy of the International Paralympic world record, with an impressive shot-put triumph in Medellin, Colombia, at the Il Campeonato Paralimpico de Atletisimo Games.