Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 20th 2016 Contents Defending javelin champion
Keshorn Walcott will literally carry
Trinidad and Tobago s last hope of
gaining an Olympic Games medal
at the Joao Havelange Olympic Sta-
dium in Rio de Janeiro here today.
Walcott, the gold medallist from
the London Games
became the country s last ray of hope
after the country s relay teams failed
to break the medal drought last
night, with two teams---the men s
4x100 metres and 4x400 metres---
being disqualified for infringements
in the finals. The women s 4x100
metre team meanwhile placed sixth
in their event in a season s best time
of 42.12 seconds.
Up to press time the status of the
4x400 metre team s protest was not
clear nor was the infringement com-
mitted by the team, which clocked
National Association of Athletics
Administrations (NAAA) president
Ephraim Serrette told the T&T
Guardian last night, "We have lodged
an appeal and we have to wait to
see what happens, but it is tough at
this stage, everyone is concerned."
He added, "It has been called as
lane violation 163.3 on the second
leg, which is to say that Lalonde
Gordon may have come across too
early, which would be a major set-
back for our team."
Jamaica won that race in 2:58.29,
followed by the USA in 2:58.38 and
Botswana in 2:59.35.
In the women s 4x100 relay final,
the quartet of Semoy Hackette,
Michelle Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Bap-
tiste and Khalifa St Fort, running in
that order, posted a season s best
time of 42.12 seconds for fifth place.
A disappointed Ahye said: "We
came out and we tried our best but
on the day it was not good enough.
We all wanted a medal badly but it
was not to be."
Jamaica secured the silver medal
in 41.36 and Great Britain bagged
the bronze in 41.77 seconds.
The American women retained
their 4x100 relay title and helped
Allyson Felix capture a record fifth
Olympic gold medal. The Americans,
who needed to set a qualifying time
in a solo rerun hours after dropping
the baton in the preliminaries and
getting a second chance on protest,
won the final in 41.01 seconds.
Among the men, the team of
Keston Bledman, Rondell Sorillo,
Emmanuel Callender and Richard
Thompson were also disqualified for
a lane violation, as were the United
States. Video footage has shown that
Callender, in the third leg, appeared
to have stepped on the line during
his handing to anchor man Thomp-
After the race, Callender said:
"We re disappointed. We ran as we
wanted, we felt everything was okay
and we are sad at the final result,
but we are not giving up...There is
a lot people do not know, when all
they do is criticise the athletes. As
athletes we come here to compete
and make our country proud, so we
need everyone to understand that."
Thompson added: "This is not
what we wanted as we were aiming
for a medal...I will go home to my
family, talk to my wife and play with
my son and evaluate myself and
where I am. But I am not talking
Usain Bolt, the star of the Games,
completed his triple-triple, anchoring
the Jamaica 4x100-metre relay to
victory in the final to ensure three
gold medals at three consecutive
Bolt, 29, who has won the 100,
200 and 4x100 relay gold medals at
Beijing, London and now Rio, crossed
in 37.27 seconds. The Jamaicans were
followed to the line by Japan, which
set an Asian record to take the silver
in 37.60, holding off the third-place
Americans by 0.02. However, the
Americans were disqualified for a
Along with Bolt for his final trip
down the track were Nickel Ash-
meade, training partner Yohan Blake
and the Jamaican elder statesman,
former world-record holder Asafa
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Keshorn T&T's last ray of hope
T&T Machel Cedenio, left, chases United States' David Verburg, right, and Jamaica's Javon Francis, center, during the men's 4x100 metres semi-final at
the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last night. T&T placed third but were later disqualified for a lane infringement and have lodged an appeal.
PHOTOS: SEAN MORRISON
Speaking after last night's relays,
T&T Olympic Committee president
Brian Lewis said we have to "get
up and go back to the drawing
board" after what he labelled a
"tough night" for the country.
Saying the country has to be
"resilient," Lewis added, "It's a
tough night for TeamTTO in Rio.
The Olympics is the ultimate test.
The agony of defeat is gut-
wrenching but you have to be
resilient. We have to get over it,
get up and go back to the drawing
He thanked all those who
represented the country at the
"I am tremendously grateful to
the athletes who went out and
gave their all for their country.
Trinidad and Tobago was
represented in both the men and
women's 4x100 relay final. I am
proud of them," he said.
Public relations officer of the
NAAA, Peter Samuel, last night
confirmed that a protest had been
lodged against the 4x400 team's
BACK TO DRAWING BOARD
4x400 men wait for protest response
T&T's Richard Thompson reacts to the news of the team's disqualification
in the men's 4x100 metres final.
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