Trinidad and Tobago: Makaira Wallace and Syndel Samaroo captured three more Medals, one silver and two bronze, in the Men and Women’s Keirin, and Women Time Trial for Trinidad and Tobago at the last day of Track Cycling in the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023.
Wallace placed 3rd in the Womens Time Trial and her team member Alexia Wilson placed 9th, taking 1st place was Liliya Tatarinoff Australia.
In the Women’s Keirin Wallace came in 2nd and Wilson 6th, 1st place went to Sarah Johnson of Scotland. The Men’s Keirin was the final event for track cycling and Samaroo captured a bronze for TTO in this event.
The upcoming elites continues to display their dedication and hard work.
Luyando Gamela and Abraham Kauba have qualified for the finals of the Women’s and Men’s 1500m athletics events, after clocking times of 4:48.24 seconds and 4:04.41 seconds, respectively.
They will be in action at 22:50 p.m. Zambian time. The duo will also compete in the 3000m event at the Games.
Joshua Mpanza clocked 49.21 seconds in the men’s 400m, but it was not enough to qualify him for the final.
Meanwhile, Cyclist Gift Puteho finished in 21st place out of 35 riders in the Men’s 65km road race, with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 49 seconds.
Grace Krause’s Australian representative debut at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago, ignited a fever pitch buzz all around the sporting proud town of Temora, when news broke of her bronze medal performance in the women’s long jump at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Arriving early last week at the twin islands of the Caribbean, Grace and the 25 strong Australian track and field team, including her father Brett Krause and Coach Greg Wiencke in tow, arrived to hot and humid conditions which were in stark contrast to the wintery climate they left behind them.
Greg reported that it took a few days for all of the team to adjust to the weather and jet lag. Executing a well planned preparation, he said “Grace had commenced competition taper, with a race simulation 10 days prior to departure. This ensured that once settled in Trinidad and Tobago, Grace was comfortable, relaxed and ready to jump!”
Grace’s opener in the green and gold looked like a winning jump, but unfortunately her foot narrowly crossed the front end of the foul line.
Grace managed to maintain her composure, with a controlled second attempt at 5.99m ensuring a Top 8.
Gaining confidence and momentum, Grace strode out to what would roughly have been 6.25m, but the board judge’s red flag went up again, with her foot frustratingly finding the foul line. Grace’s next three jumps were a consistent series of 5.77m, 6.01m and 6.01m securing her the bronze medal.
Looking now towards the 200m, Grace has a rest day tomorrow as she prepares herself to line up against the Commonwealth’s best junior sprinters.
The 100m finalists who raced today saw Nigeria go one-two with Faith Okwose 11.26 and Justina Eyakpobeyan 11.29 respectively and Trinidad and Tobago’s best hope in Sanaa Fredrick 11.48 securing third.