PERTH, Australia: (Monday, October, 31): T&T's Marsha Mark-Baird won her second gold medal at the 2016 World Masters Track and Field Championships on the fifth day of competition. After a rest day for all competitors on Sunday (October 30), Mark-Baird returned to action on Monday to win the women's 40-44 javelin gold with a distance of 40.13m. Her win is also the second for Trinidad and Tobago at the meet following her triumph in the Heptathlon on Saturday. The victory was also a sweet one for the country as her compatriot Geraldine George took silver in 39.33. Anne Hokja of Belguim captured bronze (39.18). George was the defending champion having taken the 2015 title in Lyon, France. Both Mark-Baird and George are former Carfita champions in the event. Mark-Baird is also the national women's heptathlon record holder (5962 points) and is a two-time Olympian while George holds the national javelin standard (54.10m). Mark-Baird is a graduate of the Cap-de-Ville Government Primary and the then Point Fortin Senior Secondary School.
Men's 35-39 100m silver medallist Dwayne Caines remains on course for a second medal in Perth when he advanced to the semifinals of the men's 35-39 200m. In the heats the Caines clocked 22.73 to win heat one and was fourth quickest overall. The semifinals and finals are set for Tuesday (November 1). Albert St. Louis, Philbert Ryce, Inga Mc Intyre and Joan Hospedales all advanced from the heats in their respective 200m event. St. Louis was fourth fastest in the men's 40-44 prelims in 22.89. He topped heat two while Ryce was second fastest in the 45-49 class in 23.37 after winning heat seven. Intyre is into the women's 35-39 semis after finishing third in heat four in 26.71. Her clocking was the 11th fastest. T&T's other entrant Donelle Stafford did not advance as she was disqualified for running out of her lane. In the women's 50-54 prelims Hospedales was 17th best crossing the line in 31.21 as she was third in heat one.
Ruth Frazer-Munroe was in action in the women's 75-59 10,000m race walk but had the misfortune of suffering another disqualification in the championships. In the 5,000m race walk on Thursday she was also disqualified.
After five days of action Trinidad and Tobago has captured four medals (2 gold, 2 silver) courtesy Marsha Mark-Baird (gold-women's 40-44 Heptathlon and javelin), Geraldine George (silver-women's 49-44 javelin) and Dwayne Caines (men's 35-39 100m).The championships continue until Sunday, November 6. The T&T delegation is currently 27th on the medal table. Hosts Australia leads with 212 medals (73, 79, 60) ahead of USA 65 (29, 14, 22) and Great Britain & NI 58 (21, 20, 17).
T&T medallists at the end of Day Five
Gold-Marsha Mark-Baird (women's 40-44 Heptathlon: 5390 points, Javelin: 40.13m)
Silver-Geraldine George (women's 40-44 javelin (39.33), Dwayne Caines (men's 100m-10.91)
Results of T&T athletes on DAY Six (31st October)
GOLD Marsha Mark-Baird (TTO) 40.13,
SILVER Geraldine George (TTO) 39.33
10,000m Race Walk Finals
W 75-59: Ruth Frazer-Munroe (TTO)
W 50-54:17th (3h1) Joan Hospedales (TTO) 31.21q
W 40-44: 16th(5h2) Deaneth Edwards (JAM) 29.29 dnq
W 35-39 11th (3h4) Inga Mc Intyre (TTO) 27.71 q, dq Donelle Stafford (TTO) ..running out of lane
M 45-59: 2nd (1h7) Philbert Ryce (TTO) 23.37Q
M 40-44: 4th (1h2) Albert St. Louis (TTO) 22.89 Q
M 35-39: 4th (1h4) Dwayne Caines (TTO) 22.73Q
Mark-Baird and George
T&T's gold and silver medallist Marsha Mark-Baird (right) and Geraldine George (left) after finishing 1-2 in the women's 40-44 javelin at the 2016 World Masters Track and Field Championships in Perth, Australia on Monday October 31.
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Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools'
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Marsha Mark-Baird with flag
Double gold medallist Marsha Mark-Baird celebrates with the T&T flag. Mark-Baird won the women's 40-44 javelin title on Monday October 31 at the 2016 World Masters Track and Field Championships in Perth, Australia on Monday October 31. On Saturday she also captured the Heptathlon crown for the second straight year. Later this week she will be vying for her third gold in the long jump.