Emmanuel Callender will bid for precious metal in the men's 100 metres final, at the Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, today.

Callender booked his lane in the final when he finished second in semi-final number two, at the Telmex Athletics Stadium, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter clocked 10.17 seconds.

St Kitts and Nevis track star Kim Collins topped the field in 10.00.

In the first semi-final, Jamaica's reigning Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke won in 10.17.

In the opening round, Callender topped heat two in 10.13 seconds. However, his T&T teammate Darrel Brown could only finish fifth in heat three in 10.63, and did not advance to the semis.

Quincy Wilson was listed for action in yesterday's men's discus event. However, the 20-year-old T&T field athlete did not compete.

In gymnastics, T&T's Thema Williams finished 40th overall in the women's qualifying competition, yesterday. She scored 12.375 in the vault, 11.350 in the uneven bars, 11.050 in the floor exercise and 10.825 in the balance beam, for a total of 45.600.

Williams' best finish was in the uneven bars. She was 34th. The T&T gymnast finished 46th in the balance beam and 48th in both the vault and floor exercise.

Williams did not advance to the all-around final, and is not among the finalists in any of the apparatuses. She is the first reserve in the all-round final.

T&T's hockey men lost 3-1 to Chile, yesterday, and did not advance to the semi-final round. T&T finished third in Group A.

Chile went ahead in the 15th minute, Jan Christian Richter scoring from a penalty corner. Atiba Whittington equalised for T&T in the 36th. But thanks to Sven Thomas Richter, Chile were back in front 15 minutes later. And in the 65th minute, Martin Hernan Rodriguez sealed the result.

Canada topped Group A, and Chile finished second.

In the men's football tournament, T&T take on Uruguay at 11 o'clock this morning (T&T time) in their final Group A fixture.

Following 1-1 draws with Mexico and Ecuador, today's game is a must-win for T&T.

Full points would move T&T into second spot, behind Mexico, earning the "Young Soca Warriors" a semi-final berth. A draw or loss, however, and the Uruguayans would secure a spot in the last four.

By Kwame Laurence

Source: www.trinidadexpress.com


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