Medal hopes lie with Beckles
KIERRE BECKLES may be the last saving grace.
Barbados’ hopes for a Commonwealth Games medal could rest squarely on the legs of the seasoned sprint hurdler after Burkheart Ellis Jr failed to make the 200 metres final in Queensland, Australia, yesterday.
Running in the first of three semi-finals, Ellis had to settle for sixth place in his heat after clocking 20.79 seconds out of lane eight.
Canadian Aaron Brown won the heat in a time of 20.18 seconds ahead of world leader Clarence Munyai, who finished second and qualified with 20.36.
Ellis’ exit now puts the pressure on Beckles, who opens her campaign in the women’s 100 metres hurdles today in heat two of the first round.
Squash’s mixed doubles pair of Meagan Best and Shawn Simpson also kept hope alive by advancing to a round-of-16 matchup with New Zealanders Joelle King and Paul Coll.
Simpson and Best beat Alison Mua and Stephen Henry of Fiji 11-2, 11-1 before losing 11-3, 11-2 to England’s Alison Waters and Daryl Selby.
In netball, the Bajan Gems crashed to their fourth defeat in five matches after suffering an 85-25 rout at the hands of world No.5 South Africa.
Barbados were never in the match, having trailed 20-5 at the end of the first quarter before going down by as many as 35 goals in the first half (44-9).
Latonia Blackman converted 14 of her 15 attempts from the floor and Nikita Payne had 11 from 17 but committed nine of Barbados’ 29 turnovers in the match.
The Gems are slated to face Scotland in a consolation game today.
Shooters Ronald Sargeant and Bernard Chase didn’t make it out of qualifying after finishing 19th and 20th respectively in yesterday’s 50-metre pistol.
Badminton player Dakeil Thorpe bowed out in the round of 32 via a 21-18, 21-10 defeat to Zambia’s Kalombo Mulenga, while Kristian Doughty and Marcus Smith also lost their round of 32 table tennis doubles encounter against Javen Choong and Chee Feng Leong of Malaysia.
Thorpe will pair with Cory Fanus in today’s men’s doubles match against Scots Adam Hall and Alexander Dunn. (JM)