Smith wins T&T’s first medal at 2019 World Masters Indoors
(TORUN, Poland): Gwendolyn Smith won T&T’s first medal at the 2019 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships currently taking place in Torun, Poland.
Smith bagged silver in the women’s 50-54 javelin finals on the third day of action earlier today (Tuesday). Smith copped the runner-up spot with best throw of 36.76 achieved on her sixth and final effort. American Durelle Schmek took the gold medal with 37.43m. Ilona Kojalovica of Latvia was third with 33.30m. Smith was hoping to match her gold medal effort at the 2014 Indoors in Budapest, Hungary when she was victorious in the women’s 45-49 age group. She was also aiming at add the World Indoor gold to the lastest World Outdoor title she captured at the 2018 World Outdoor Championships in Malaga, Spain.
She is expected to vie for a second medal when she competes in discus throw finals on Friday (29 March) at 9:00am (Poland time)/4:00am (TT time)
Martin Prime advanced to the men’s 55-59 60m finals which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:35pm (Poland time)/7:35am (TT time). Prime will start in lane one.
In the semis held earlier today (Tue, March 26), Prime was fifth in the first semifinal race in 7.76. Though he not finish in the top two spots which would given him a sure place in the finals he did advance to the medal round as one of the fastest on times.
He had to wait until the completion of the second semifinal race to assured of a lane in the finals as his time was quickest enough. Prime going into the final with the eight best times. However, he will be relying on his experience as he won bronze at the 2017 edition in Daegu, South Korea and gold at the 2014 meet.
The San Fernando resident is listed to be action in the 200m later in the meet.
Dwayne Caines is T&T’s third representative in Poland. He is scheduled to compete in the men’s 35-39 200m.
Trinidad and Tobago is among 88 countries fielding athletes in the bi-ennial meet for athletes 35 years and over. The championships will continue until Saturday (March 30)