Sunday, August 5, 2012
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.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Check out this feature of Njisane by one of his sponsors, BP Trinidad & Tobago. click here.
"Njisane was first introduced to cycling by his father, Nicholson Phillip, a former cyclist and member of the Humming Bird International Team. For many years, Njisane viewed the sport as a hobby rather than a potential profession, but gradually came to the realisation that he was a gifted cyclist. Njisane now competes in keirin and sprint, with sprint being his favourite event. He enjoys it because it is technical and gives the sprinter more control over their opponent." Read More on the BPTT website.