Trinidad and Tobago’s promise of top-end finishes in last evening’s end to the weekend’s IAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas did not materialize as the women’ s sprint team failed to progress from the Heats and the men’s four by 400 metres Heat winners finished fourth in the final.
TT men’s four by 200 metres team also took a fourth place in the final.
The 4 by 4 TT team of Renny Quow, Jereem Richards, Jarrin Solomon and Lalonde Gordon were expected to repeat their winning performance from Saturday’s Heats when with Deon Lendore at third leg, they won the second of the three Heats with USA second, Cuba third and Poland next.
But Saturday’s winning time of 3:02.51 was even surpassed by last evening’s winners USA (3:02.13), Botswana second, Jamaica third and TT fourth (3:03.17). Cuba were fifth, Great Britain/Northern Ireland sixth, Brazil seventh and France eighth.
Faulty baton passing ruined Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s quartet of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle Lee Ahye, Khalifa St Fort and Semoy Hackett in the first of two Heats for the 4 by 100 and they were logged DNF – Did Not Finish.
Moriba Morain, Dan-Neil Telesford, Kyle Greaux and Emmanuel Callender had Canada, USA and Jamaica ahead of them at the finish of the men’s 4 by 200 – Bahamas, China, Kenya and Antigua-Barbuda behind TT.
TT contested the rarely run four by 400 mixed relay and finished seventh with Jarrin Solomon, Dominique Williams, Emmanuel Callender and Chelsea James representing but seeing the Bahamas win from the USA, Poland, Australia and Kenya.
TT had also a fourth placing in Saturday’s final of the women’s four by 200 metres event – Kamaria Durant, Hackett, Reyare Thomas and Kai Selvon the team that saw jJamaica, Germanay and the USA fill the top three placings.
The TT women’s 4 by 400 quartet of Selvon, Janeil Belille, Chelsea Charles and Williams were disqualified in Saturday’s preliminaries,
But TT counted a solitary first place at the relays when Modiba Morrain, Callender, Greaux and Telesford won the four by 100 metres men’s B final – their qualification for this event coming after they finished fifth in the preliminaries and out of qualification for the A final won by the USA with Barbados second and China third.
US 1.26 million dollars were at stake at the IAAF event with winners earning US50,000, second placers US 30,000, third placings US 20,000 and fourth $12,000 Us.
The top eights from the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 for both men and women also gained automatic qualification for the World Championships to take place in August in London.