Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 17th 2016 Contents ANDRE BAPTISTE
Rio de Janeiro,
"Pick the best team,
no favouritism, no
friend business. If you
feel that somebody is
not going to give you a good run on the
relay, then you have to put that person to
sit on the sidelines and bring in somebody
that is rested."
This was the candid view of four-time
T&T Olympic medallist, Ato Boldon, as he
looked forward to T&T's participation in the
relays here in Rio.
Boldon pulled no punches as he analysed
the team for the 4x400 metres. "Let's face
it, both Deon Lendore and Lalonde Gordon
have not had fantastic years. Deon, I think
since his injuries at A&M has really not gotten
back to the sprinter that he was when he
was back in college, the same for Lalonde.
This is not the La Londe that we saw in
London when he won the bronze medal,
that is how it is at times."
Boldon described it as unfortunate that
both are having down years' at the same
time that Machel Cedenio was running the
time he did in placing fourth in the final on
Cedenio clocked 44.01 to erase a 24-year
old national record set by Ian Morris in
Barcelona, 1992. "We have a 44 flat quar-
ter-miler in Machel Cedenio and I would
like our chances if we anchor with him and
he is given the chance within reach of the
leaders," stated Boldon. "I would like to think
that the guys can rally around him and realise
that if you get Machel Cedenio close to these
guys, he can do a lot of damage as he did
last year on the anchor leg," said Boldon.
Boldon said the team's management must
go back and review what happened in the
heats and how each athlete performed before
deciding on the quartet for the event. "I
think you have to go back and look at what
happened in the heats and make an honest
assessment. Then select your team on merit
and nothing else."
As for the women's 4x100 metres who
won bronze at the 2015 World Champi-
onships, Boldon was worried by Kelly Ann
Baptiste's failure to progress in the 100 metres
heats. "My big concern is that Kelly Ann ran
so poorly in the 100 metres. I am hearing
that they are trying to change the order,
maybe moving Kelly Ann to third and leading
off with Semoy (Hackett). That is of great
concern to me. Semoy will probably have
four or five rounds in her at that point, and
I just feel like you want your lead off to be
readily fresh as opposed to having all of these
rounds in her," noted Boldon.
"However, after all of that, most impor-
tantly will be to get the stick around. This
is not like last year, this is an uphill climb
with the way everybody looking," added
Boldon is personal coach of young relay
runner Khalifa St Fort and he said. "She has
recovered from a hamstring injury and I
think she will run a good leg."
Boldon described T&T's performance at
the Games so far as up and down. "It has
been an up and down Olympics for Trinidad
and Tobago but mostly down. I was very
happy to see Machel get that national record.
It took a world record to put him off a medal
and that is certainly our best performance.
I felt Michelle Lee-Ahye did well in getting
to that final (100 metres), though she was
not able to medal. And I am also very happy
Boldon who is now an analyst with the
NBC network for their Olympic Coverage
was uncertain for the remainder of the games.
I don't know where the medals are going to
come from---the women's 4x100 potentially
and the mens 4x400 potentially plus we
have our defending champion Keshorn (Wal-
cott). But the big surprise for me is Michelle
Lee Ahye in the 200 metres. She looks good
enough to challenge for the medal. The prob-
lem is the other young ladies, Elaine Thomp-
son coming back, (Dapne) Scnippers coming
back, and that's before we talk about Torie
Bowie from the United States who is unde-
feated. That is probably a stiffer event than
the 100 metres," stated Boldon. "Michele
Lee Ahye looked very good and she probably
remains our last female individual medal
hope, " he ended.
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He is the only man to defeat Usain Bolt
in an Olympic race. It happened in London
2012 and the international media spent all
of five minutes yesterday asking Trinidad
and Tobago s Rondell Sorillo about that
day, even after his third place finish in the
men s 200 propelled him into the semi
The questions mainly surrounded how he
felt about beating Bolt and they wanted to
know how often that question is asked of
him.Sorillo, with a brave and tolerant smile
replied: "At least once a month back home,
but everyone knows what it was on the day.
I was new to the Olympics and just came
and ran my heart out, just like today. He
(Usain) is okay with it too. It just happened."
Eight years later, Sorillo has specific ambi-
tions. "I was happy with my race today. I
kept my momentum, even though at 150
metres I knew I could relax. My goal now
is to reach the finals and I am also looking
further down the road to produce my first
sub 20 time," stated Sorillo who in placing
13th among the qualifiers for the semi finals
tonight at 9 pm (TT time) ran his season
best time of 20.27
As to the race itself, Sorillo noted;" It was
the hardest qualifying race I have ever ran.
I was pretty nervous going into it, seeing
that I have never run in an outside lane. The
transition needed some work but I feel pretty
Sorillo revealed that in the 100 metres
heats, he was tentative because of a concern
with his groin and therefore was not up to
his best."After today, that is not a consid-
eration. I am feeling good," he added.
Earlier Kyle Greaux, in Heat 9, ran his sea-
son best of 20.61 but just failed to make into
the semi final. He finished fourth in race
won by defending champion Usain Bolt. "I
felt I could have run a lot better. It was my
first race since national championships. I
was a bit tentative on the curve and I paid
for it because of the hamstring," he said.
"My aim is to go back home, compiled all
the information on my last four years and
hopefully use it going forward. It was just
not my time but I will continue to learn and
seek all possible ways to improve in the
future. I am not giving up," remarked Greaux.
Also in action today at 8 pm (T&T time),
will be Keshorn Walcott in the javelin qual-
ifiers. Walcott will be looking to defend his
gold medal success of London 2012.
In 2012, he was a rank outsider at 100-
1 to win the event, but today the bookmakers
have installed Walcott as the sixth favourite
at 12-1 to win the finals on Saturday.
Walcott has been through a tough period
since his Olympic success but he has shown
signs over the last year of returning to his
Manager of the athletics contingent, George
Commissiong said Walcott looks relax and
ready to defend his title. "This is a good
Athletics, showjumping and taekwondo take
the spotlight at the Rio 2016 Olympics today
while there are more medals to be won in
boxing, sailing and table tennis.
LAURA TROTT continued
Britain's golden Olympics in the
velodrome by defending her
title in the women's omnium,
adding to the gold medal she
won in the team pursuit com-
THE BIG DEAL
Kenyan sprinter Carvin Nkanata took a chance
and jumped on a plane in Florida on Monday night,
landed in Rio de Janeiro yesterday morning, ran at
the Olympics a couple of hours later.
Heat 8 of the 200 metres at the Olympic Sta-
dium was the second race of the day for the US-
born Nkanata. The first was getting from the
airport to the stadium, getting his accreditation,
getting registered and getting a lane.
No surprise that Nkanata, who says he was only
cleared to run for Kenya by the Court of Arbitra-
tion for Sport early yesterday morning, didn't run
his best. He finished last in his heat in 21.43 sec-
"I see the next
Floyd Mayweather. If
anybody can break
my records, this
young kid right here
can do it. I truly be-
lieve in him."
Floyd Mayweather, in support of US Olympic
boxer Shakur Stevenson.
THINGS THAT MATTER
Heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's gold-medal
victory over Vassiliy Levit in a widely criticised de-
cision is likely to be a catalyst for change during
the International Boxing Association's next evalua-
tion of its judging.
AIBA executive board member Tom Virgets said
he expects the sport's judging criteria to evolve be-
fore the 2020 Olympics.
Tishchenko won gold even though the Russian
appeared to struggle with the smothering Levit, a
relentless Kazakh power puncher with a thrilling
All three judges favoured Tishchenko 29-28,
drawing gasps and boos from the pro-Levit crowd.
The fans booed the decision and jeered Tishchenko
as he accepted his medal. While Virgets outlined
the reasons why the three judges from Ireland,
Colombia and Algeria scored the bout for
Tishchenko, the veteran boxing coach also made it
clear AIBA had taken note of the reaction to the
Latest Medal Standings
1 United States 28 28 27 83
2 Great Britain
4 Russian Fed
11 Republic of Korea 6 3 5 14
Sorillo, Walcott keep T&T hopes alive
Rally around Cedenio
...if T&T wants '400' medal says Boldon
From left, T&T's Lalonde Gordon, Grenada's Kirani James, Botswana's Karabo Sibanda and
Jamaica's Javon Francis compete in a men's 400-metre semifinal during the athletics
competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
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