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No medals for T&T at World Champs

Andre E Baptiste :: Trinidad Guardian :: 06.10.2019

On a day that promised a lot, in the end, nothing was delivered in terms of medals on Sunday, meaning T&T's track and field athletes left the Doha World Championships in Qatar without a single medal.

The men's 4x400 metres relay team, the defending champions, finished fifth in a season-best time of three minutes and 00.74 seconds (3.00.74).

Running from the dreaded lane nine, Asa Guevara, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore and Machel Cedenio, in that order, struggled from the start and after two legs were in fifth and despite their best efforts of all could not improve it. 

Sunday's final was eventually won by the USA in a world-leading 2.53.69, with Jamaica in second in 2.57.90 and Belgium third, also with 2.58.78. 

Guevara ran the first leg. Afterwards, he admitted, "I tried my best running blind in that leg and just wanted to give it to Jereem with as best chance as possible, it was very tough. All of this team encouraged me and it was great to be part of the team with Jereem, Deon and Machel."

Despite the outcome, Richards was still proud of his team.

"We came here wanting to defend our title but it was very, very difficult coming across from lane nine and we were always trying to catch-up coming across from so wide on lane nine," said Richards. 

"The team really tried its best but it was not easy and we have to regroup and get ourselves ready for the Tokyo Olympics."

Lendore added: "It was disappointing because we were the defending champions but the fact that we ran a season-best shows everyone that we tried our best on the night but it was not good enough."

The general view of the team suggested that there was a feeling that a greater pool of athletes is needed going forward. 

"If we can get a lot of the others back such as Renny (Quow), Lalonde (Gordon) and Dwight (St Hillaire) and others we will have a stronger pool and be able to rest some of the team," noted a reflective Richards, to which Lendore agreed.

"We were always playing catch up as you see, as the other teams were able to rest guys and bring in fresh legs and that was important so going into next year, that pool will be important at these events," added Lendore.

T&T's two-time Olympic javelin medallist Keshorn Walcott was also unable to break his medal drought at the Worlds.

The national champion placed 11th with his best mark measuring 77.47 metres in an event won by Grenada's Anderson Peters, who got the gold with an 86.89m throw for his country's second-ever Worlds medal. Estonia's Magnus Kirt (86.21) was second and Germany's Johannes Vetter (85.37) third.

Afterwards, Walcott said, "It just was not a good day, one of those things. I was concentrating on my run-up with my ankle still bothering me and well, it just did not come together. I cannot really explain what happened, my coach seems to feel I was rushing it but in the end, it was not to be.

"This is the end of the season for me and it has been a funny one with all my training. I hope to just rest my ankle, I do not believe I need an operation but will be aiming to continue next year looking forward to the Olympics."


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No medals for T&T at World Champs
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Grenada's Anderson Peters sheds a tear after winning the men's javelin throw gold medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday. He joined 400 metres specialist Kirani James as the only Grenadians to earn a Worlds title. AP


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