Trinidad & Tobago rower Aisha Chow placed fifth in her race for the quarter-finals of the women's single sculls rowing competition in the Rio Olympics.
Congratulations to Trinidad and Tobago rower Felice Aisha Chow on advancing to the quarter-finals of the Women's Rowing.
T&T gymnast Marisa Dick made her long awaited entry at the Rio games, and despite being paired with the powerful Americans in group four, she battled hard in the face of incredible odds. But when the dust cleared, she found herself out of contention.
The history making youngster started the competition with her signature dick mount, which garnered the now customary 'ooohhs and aaahs' - and despite a few wobbles on the beam, she had a fairly solid performance yielding a score of 13.066.
She then had a good performance on the floor exercise, showing good strength moves, coupled with excellent tumbling and spin moves. but she lost points with faulty landing throughout her routine, and amassed a low score of 12.533.
Her best score of the day came in the vault, when she catapulted herself to a 13.9 score, placing herself in a good position for finishing in the top 24 to move on to the all-around.
But that became undone in the uneven bars where she seemed to lose physical momentum and concentration, and hopped off the bars midway through her routine.
She hopped back on to finish her routine, but the writing was on the wall, and her scores reflected that as she tabled a disappointing 11.33, which placed her down the field.
She finished 55th out of 59 competitors with a combined 50.832 points, just behind another Caribbean first timer in Jamaica's Toni-Ann Williams who carded a 50.966 despite a knee injury and did her country proud.
High winds wrecked havoc today in Rio, affecting the main stadium, the merchandise tent and most importantly the lagoon where rowing and canoeing races were scheduled to take place.
As a result, all events scheduled for that location had to be cancelled and rescheduled for another day.
In this C News report, Naasira Mohammed explains how this affected team TTO....
TT's focus was on women's rowing on the opening day of competition in Rio, where Felice Aisha Chow was the first TT athlete to see competition, and she could only finish fifth in heat six of the women's single scull rowing competition.
Trinidadian rower Aisha Chow placed last in her heat in the women's single sculls qualifiers this morning.
However, her finishing time was strong enough to have potentially landed her in first place, had she been assigned to a different heat.
There were six heats in total and she rowed in the sixth and final one against four other competitiors - the top three of which advanced to the next round. Aisha finished fifth with a time of eight minutes and 31 seconds.
However, the top time in another heat was eight minutes and 43 seconds : a score lower than hers. This means, that had she been placed in that heat instead, she would have placed first there and automatically qualified for the next round as one of the top three.
Fortunately for Aisha, there will be another chance for her to move forward, as all of the rowers who missed out on qualifying times will get to compete in another round called the 'repechage'.
She has the 3rd best time of the 14 rowers who will be competing in the repechage - and so, could still have a very good chance of advancing to the next round.
The big day is less than 24 hours away now and here at home an eager population is sending positive vibes to our record breaking 32-member team. Apart from family and friends, none hold greater hopes for our team than members of the Sport Company's Elite Development and Performance Unit who know firsthand, the work that went in to building several Olympians.
Pumas returned from a four-year Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League absence in style with a 4-2 away victory over Directv W Connection to open play in group 'a' at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Jose Nieto scored a goal and set up another in a busy second half for the visitors.