Deidre sets new record
DEIDRE MAYERS has put her name among cycling’s record holders.
The oft-overlooked female rider set a new mark in the women’s 200-metre sprint, toppling pre-race favourite Esther Miller-Rosemond in the process as the highlight of another low-key night on Monday during the National Track Championships at the Randolph Field Velodrome.
Riding unattached, Mayers raced to a national record 13.38 seconds in the highly-anticipated duel with the seasoned Fugen veteran, proving her previous victory in the 500-metre time trial was no fluke.
Ajani Miller was awarded the tiny mite equivalent after Tremaine Forde-Catwell suffered an earlier fall and couldn’t contest the final.
Later, Darren Matthews continued his unbeaten run in the three-day championships by taking the seniors’ individual pursuit over independent rider Gregory Downie in a time of three minutes, 55.40 seconds.
It was Matthews’ (G4S Swift) fourth victory in two nights, following prior wins in the keirin, kilo and scratch race on Sunday.
Like Matthews, talented junior Russell Elcock (Fugen) bounced back from a serious accident this weekend to take the same event over G4S rival Brandon Wilkie with a 3:55.40 clocking. Elcock’s teammate Zavier
Walcott-Alleyne was awarded the bronze.
Dominant Fugen master Sedwin Jones (4:20.05) also finished the championships’ second night still unbeaten in his category after winning that same event against Gregory Catwell of G4S.
Kristin Vanderpool (4:22.05) beat younger brother and Fugen teammate Gregory for the juvenile title.
Thee championships were slated to conclude last night with the sprints. (JM)