FAILURE of Trinidad and Tobago women’s relay teams to complete the 4 by 200 and 4 by 800 finals at this past weekend’s inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas cost the teams a loss of earnings of at least $8,000 US ($49,000 TT).
Prize money awarded for finalists at the excitable two-day event laid out in US dollars $50,000 for a victory, $30,000 for 2nd; $20,000 for 3rd; $12,000 for 4th; $10,000 for 5th; $8,000 for 6th; $6,000 for 7th and $4,000 for 8th.
In addition, US $50,000 sums were awarded to teams for each world record set.
TT men’s team finished second in the 4 by 100 metres sprint final to earn $30,000 (US) while the women’s 4 by 100 team and the men’s 4 by 400 cashed in on the US $20,000 third-place prizes.
Apart from the prize money, these three TT teams have qualified TT for the respective events in next year’s World Athletics Championships to take place in Beijing, China.
With officials of the Trinidad and Tobago National Association of Athletics Administrations not communication-open last night, it could not be ascertained whether the TT women’s 4 by 400 team who finished 4th and last in the B Division final earned prize money.
The 4 by 400 women’s team had failed to qualify for the finals proper when finishing 4th in the first of two heats for the event in which the top three finishers from each heat and the next two fastest timed countries automatically advanced to the final.
TT featured with Australia (the winner), the Bahamas (2nd) and Canada 93rd) in the B Division final.
TT alone meanwhile did not complete the women’s one-race 4 by 800 metres final which featured nine countries and it was also a DID-NOT-FINISH status for only the TT women in the 4 by 200 metres unit in the 8-nation final.
In both races, TT appeared at the back-end in first-leg running and the second-leg athletes did not go on as the gaps widened.
The United States were the biggest earners at the 43-nation Relays, winning five of the ten events – the women successful in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 and the men in the 400.
Kenya who won the men’s 4 by 800 final also had victory in the women’s 1500 in world record time as did their men’s team in similar fashion at the distance.
Jamaica won the men’s 4 by 200 in world record time and the 4 by 100.
Bahamas again hosts next year’s relays.