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Injury forced St Clair on sidelines

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Abilene Wildcats 400m specialist Joshua Jacob St Clair, who was named by the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) to compete at the IAAF World Youth Championships, scheduled to take place from July 15–19 in Cali, Colombia and the Pan American Junior Championships, from July 31–August 13, 2015, Edmonton, Alberta Canada, appears doubtful because of an injury.

A media release from the NAAA listed St Clair to compete at these events, but injuries to both his legs have reduced his chances to sport the red, white and black national colours at both events.

NAAA president Ephraim Serrette told the T&T Guardian yesterday that St Clair had an achilles injury which was healing, but he later sustained a fresh grade two hamstring injury.

“He may be out of the Championships based on information coming from the medical team,” said Serrette.

The Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games was the third international event for which the NAAA announced its competitors. That event was carded to take place this September in Apia, Samoa.

Thirty athletes and ten officials have been named for the three Championships respectively.

Serrette said athletes were selected based on performances from Carifta to the NGC/NAAA Junior Championships and these would have been athletes who qualified and St Clair was among them, but recent developments would deny him a chance to represent T&T, at least for now.

He said for competition in the World Youth Championships only four athletes were selected and St Clair was among them. 

The other athletes were: Carifta double medallists Akanni Hislop of Zenith AC (100m / 200m) Khalifa St Fort (100m) Akidah Briggs of Toco Titans in the shot put.

“For the Pan American Junior Championships we have a little larger team, because of the relay factor. So, we have our women and men 4x100m and a men’s 4x400m that would automatically take the total up. But we would have selected athletes who we know are competitive and should at least make a final at these events,” Serrette said.

When the people of T&T hear the names Hislop, and Jonathan Farinha, said the NAAA official, they should know that athletes of this calibre were the future of track and field.

These athletes, according to Serrette, now have to be put on the transition list from junior into senior level. 

Hislop was selected for all three junior Championships.

“In the case of the World Youth Championships in Cali Colombia I am expecting great performance from Hislop. Hislop and St Fort can deliver performances that lead to the rostrum,” Serrette said.


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