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Calabar take a hit from flu

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 3:00 AM

MORE than their competitors, the influenza (flu) virus is threatening an impact on Calabar High School's plans to retain the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championship title.

Yesterday, their Class One 1500 and 800 metres favourite, Kevroy Venson, who is still affected by the virus, finished last in the heats of the 800 metres in a time of 2.13.66.

On Tuesday's opening day of the championships, there were some doubts surrounding the participation of the Red Hills Road-based school's Class Two 400 metres star, Christopher Taylor, but he shrugged off the ills to run a record time in the heats of his event.

Although no one else of note in the Calabar camp has come down with the illness, head coach Michael Clarke says it has disrupted their points projection and Venson's illness will certainly affect their overall tally.

FIT TO COMPETE

"Venson came down with a bout of flu, but the doctors passed him fit to compete. But obviously he did not recover enough to run his best. Hopefully he makes the (1500m) final, which is on Friday. By then he should recover enough to perform better," said Clarke.

"Christopher was affected before the CARIFTA trials, so he was able to recover enough to compete at Champs. But I am sure that other schools will be affected because there is a bout of flu going around and it's sure to affect others," Clarke told The Gleaner.

"His (Venson) illness will affect our points tally," he continued, "because he was one of the athletes whose points were almost certain. But Calabar is not a school that is built on one athlete, we will have others to fill in those gaps.

"But it has definitely affected us. Hopefully with the help of our doctors we will be able get our athletes to perform at their best at the championship," he added.

- L.S.