Barbadian sprinter Fallon Forde is now the fastest athlete throughout the entire University of The West Indies.
Forde starred for UWI, Cave Hill, as Mona ran away with the track and field title at the 2017 UWI Games on Saturday at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex. Forde, running the sprint double, fought off the fierce competition from the Jamaicans and all other competitors as he blazed to victory in both events.
Running out of Lane 8 in the 100m, Forde had a flying start and was out of the blocks well ahead of his competition, quickly pulling away from the field. A fast finishing Xandre Blake from Mona Campus tried to close rapidly on Forde but he was able to hold on and cross the finish line in first place in a time of 10.59, ahead of Blake in 10.65.
In the 200, the result was almost identical. Forde got a flying start off the curve quickly pulling away from his opponents down the straight. Schadrique Griffith from Mona Campus came up on Forde’s left shoulder but Forde showed his strength and courage to fight off all challengers and take the coveted sprint king title from the Jamaicans to cross the line in 21.42.
None of the teams stood a chance against the dominance of the Jamaicans as they blew away the field in all the events both on the track and the field.
Mona won the track & field championship by a whopping 176 points, scoring 410 points, second was Cave Hill with 234 points, third St Augustine with 188 points and the Open Campus finished fourth with 104 points.
The Blackbirds football team recorded their second victory by defeating UWI St Augustine 1-0 on Sunday at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex. Playing in wet and rainy conditions, the game was very intense as both teams applied constant pressure on each other. Both teams could be credited with several wasted attempts and failing to capitalize on the number of chances each had.
The deadlock was finally broken by midfielder Russel Nicholson in the second half by perfectly controlling a low cross into the box and taking a calm shot in the bottom left corner that sent the Blackbirds boys to victory and gave them a chance at capturing the football title at the 2017 UWI Games. The Blackbirds boys next face Mona on Wednesday at 6p.m.
In order results over the weekend, Cave Hill defeated Open Campus 3-0 in female volleyball. The Cave Hill female basketball team won easily over St Augustine 60-42 while the male team thrashed the Open Campus 98-54. The Cave Hill team placed third overall in the swimming championships with 239 points. The championship was won by St Augustine with 325 points, followed by Mona with 280 points.