Sunday 19thh, Toronto, Canada– Cyclist, reigning Pan Am record holder, and silver medallist in last nights Sprint event, Njisane Phillips just missed out on the chance to add to Trinidad and Tobago’s medal haul at this year’s PanAm Games. Phillips finished 5th in the men’s Kierin event. His training partner and Men’s Sprint gold medallist Canadian Hugo Barett claimed bronze, while Columbian Fabian Puerto took the gold, with silver going to Venezuelan Hersony Canelon. Phillips will now turn his focus onto qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Over in Beach Volleyball, the women’s duo of Davidson and Dyette lost their 13th-14th round matchup against Guatemala in straight sets. The men’s duo Whitfield and Williams will be back in action against Venezuela tomorrow in the 9th -10th round match.
Golf competition ended today with Monifa Sealy placing 22nd and Christina Ferreira placing 26th out of thirty competitors. On the men’s side, Talin Rajendranath and Sachin Kumar placed 24th and 25th respectively out of thirty-one competitors. In the mixed team event featuring all four golfers, Trinidad and Tobago placed 15th out of sixteen teams.
The medal hunt for Trinidad and Tobago will continue on Monday in Boxing and Taekwondo. In boxing, Chimere Taylor will face Guillen Benitez of the Dominic Republic. Taylor has faced Benitez before and this will be a rematch of one of her qualifying bouts but she will need to win to continue advancing.
In Taekwondo, 2014 CAC bronze medal holder Dorian Alexander will face Columbian Miguel Trejos in the men’s 68kg Contest. Alexander is also a doctor and describes his life growing up as “school, study and train.” Despite working 12-30 hours days in New York where he’s based, Alexander trains anywhere from two to four hours a day, six days a week with former Olympian Lenn Hypolite. Alexander says he wants the gold medal and credits his faith with sustaining him thus far.