Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents ANDRE E BAPTISTE
There is optimism that the men s
400 metres could result in medals for
T&T here at the Beijing World Cham-
Machel Cedenio, who entered these
finals with the sixth fastest time of the
year, finished second in his heat and
overall 8th in qualification with a time
of 44.54. Cedenio looked comfortable,
never really extending himself.
Cedenio said he felt good. "I had a
good run...my legs still a bit rusty, so
it was good."
Pressed on his late running style, he
explained: "When I go out there, it is
a mental thing. It is not a style to give
others a lead, but it happens."
Cedenio, 19, who is the world junior
champion has a goal, which is clearly
evident in his eyes and his easy motion.
He described yesterday s run as easy.
"I was satisfied. I just have to make it
through the rounds and I feel this race
is about time. One of the heats was a
43, so right now, the 400 is a crazy
event," Cedenio noted. "We know the
attention is on the 400 metres espe-
cially with a lot of the 100 metres guys
injured. Attention is on us, but we just
trying to stay focused and make it
through to the finals and bring home
a medal for our country."
Cedenio was high in praise for his
team. "I have a very good coach. I talk
to him every day. My parents, Hayden
and Dianne Cedenio are always there
for me. Without them, I would not be
here today and of course God."
What would be the perfect race for
him? Cedenio replied: "If I can get out
hard and use my speed to come home,
that would be the perfect race."
Another man not to be forgotten is
Olympic bronze medallist, LaLonde
"Bad Mind" Gordon, who appears to
be in the mood and the zone where he
can be very dangerous with his long
strides. "My legs were a little rusty but
they wake up. I have not run in a week
and a half, so today will help," Gordon
said, after cruising into the next stage.
Gordon is focussed on ensuring
everything is in place for a good per-
formance. "I will get some rest and
eat. Right now, it is about strategy.
Getting through the rounds and making
sure you have enough to get through.
I need to just go out there tomorrow
and run my semi finals like it is a final,"
He does not believe there is any more
pressure than normal. "There is no
pressure on us but we know we have
to try to make the country proud. Once
our head is right and everyone is healthy
and fit, we should be able to medal."
Renny Quow is a quiet individual
but he runs with a purpose. In 2015,
it appears we have witnessed a rebirth
from Quow. "I ran nice and relax. I am
tired now, but I will recover by tomor-
row. The plan is just to make the finals.
That is all, one day at a time," Quow
As to his improvement in 2015, where
he became national 400 metres cham-
pion, a reflective Quow stated: "I
worked hard and I got back to where
I needed to be, so it is working out
Quow s time was equal to Cedenio s
and both were joint eight in qualifica-
tion. Gordon s time of 44.97 placed
him 18th among the 24 qualifiers.
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was named MVP
as he led his
team to the gold
medal at the
"I'll be playing
a couple of
more years of
then find a
on life after his
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..as Quow, Gordon joins in 400 semis
United States' David Verburg, right and T&T's Machel Cedenio, second from right, run in men's 400m round one at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's
Nest stadium in Beijing, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MATSUMOTO---China assumed early
control of the women's volleyball World
Cup yesterday, beating Algeria in straight
sets to make it two wins in two matches.
Zeng Chunlei and Liu Yanhan scored 12
and 11 points respectively.
China conceded just 24 points over the
course of the match to win 25-5, 25-11,
"I think our reception, serves and at-
tacks are all things that can be improved,
so we need to practice those," said China
coach Lang Ping, who led the United
States to the silver medal at the 2008
Olympics. "Tonight we have a meeting to
prepare for our match against USA, who
we think are the strongest opponents we
China, which leads with six points, plays
the U.S. on Monday.
The U.S. lost to a Tijana Boskovic-in-
spired Serbia. Karch Kiraly's side rallied to
lead 2-1, but surrendered the final two
sets with Boskovic striking 23 points over
the five sets to help deliver a 25-20, 22-
25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-6 win for Serbia.
Russia sits second, a point behind
China, after downing host Japan 12-25,
25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13.
Elsewhere, Dominican Republic, Ar-
gentina and South Korea picked up their
first wins of the competition, overcoming
Kenya, Cuba, and Peru in straight sets.
China doubles up at women's volleyball World Cup
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