TRINIDAD and Tobago emerged from the inaugural two-day double-gender IAAF World Relays in Nassau, The Bahamas with one silver medal and two bronze from six events contested.
The men’s 4 by 100 metres quartet of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Rondell Sorillo and Richard Thompson put the seal on Trinidad and Tobago’s challenges with the silver medal take in what was the closing event last night at the jam-packed Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
And a couple hours before, the foursome of Lalonde Gordon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedenio and Jarrin Solomon raced to third place in the 4 by 400 final in a new Trinidad and Tobago record time of 2 minutes 58.34 seconds.
The silver-bronze collection added to the TT women’s earn of the bronze medals in Saturday night’s 4 by 100 metres final which was won by the United States with Jamaica second and Nigeria 4th.
Kamaria Durant, Michelle Lee Ahye, Reyare Thomas and Kai Selvon represented Trinidad and Tobago in both the preliminary heat in which they were second to the United States and in the final.
Their medal success was the first in a major Games for a TT women’s relay team other than the Olympics or the World Athletics Championships.
While the two men’s teams earned medals from the two events in which they featured, the women’s sprint relay team had no medal-winning company from the 4 by 200, 4 by 400 and 4 by 800 units.
After being ninth best on time from the 4 by 400 preliminary, the TT women’s team qualified for yesterday’s B final but Shawna Fermin, Domonique Williams, Romona Modeste and Aleena Brooks finished 4th and last as Nigeria, Brazil and Italy made the one-two-three.
And the TT 4 by 200 quartet of Lee Ahye, Thomas, Selvon and Durant got a Did-Not-Finish status in the one-race final which the USA won. And it was also Did-Not-Finish for the TT 4 by 800 quartet of Jessica James, Fermin, Brooks and Modeste with the USA winning again.
Jamaica with Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake won the men’ sprint relay in a time of 37.77 seconds – Trinidad and Tobago second in 38.04 seconds and Great Britain/Northern Ireland third in 38.19.
Brazil, Japan, Canada, Germany completed the order of finish for the final which was without France who qualified but did not take their place while the United States and the hosts Bahamas were disqualied after Heat three running for infraction of baton-passing rules.
The TT men’s sprint quartet had qualified for the final by finishing second in Heat 1 to the Great Britain/Northern Ireland team with Japan third also advancing. TT were timed at 38.09 then to GB/N.I’s 37.93 and Japan 38.34.