Sunday, August 5, 2012

Trinidad cyclist Phillip living the dream

By Julian Guyer (AFP)

LONDON — For Trinidad's Njisane Phillip, just being at the Olympic Games is an achievement in itself.

Yet after another impressive display at the London Velodrome on Sunday, the 21-year-old is within sight of one of the more unlikely track cycling medals of this or any other Olympics.
Phillip, the lone rider at this Games from a Caribbean island better known for its cricketers than its cyclists, won through to the semi-finals of the men's sprint with a 2-0 victory over Denis Dmitriev of Russia.

He now finds himself up against Britain's Jason Kenny, silver medallist in this event in Beijing four years ago and now the favourite for gold.

But that daunting prospect made no dent whatsoever in Phillip's joy at riding through to the last four, having just edged out Dmitriev in a desperately close first of two races before powering past his opponent in the second.

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