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Keshorn, Cedenio in record T&T Olympic squad; Burns, Daniel miss out

London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) 2015 Sport Personalities of the Year, Machel Cedenio and Cleopatra Borel, Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist Richard “Torpedo” Thompson, former World 400 metre hurdles champion Jehue Gordon, veteran swim star George Bovell III and 100 metre and 200 metre NAAA sprint queen Michelle Lee Ahye were among the headliners as the TTOC announced its full 32 member squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this morning at Olympic House in Port of Spain.

It is the largest team in Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic history while there will be a record 11 women vying for Olympic stardom in Rio de Janeiro.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's Cleopatra Borel competes in the women's shot put qualification round at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu on 28 August 2011. (Copyright Adrian Dennis/AFP 2016/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Cleopatra Borel competes in the women’s shot put qualification round at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu on 28 August 2011.
(Copyright Adrian Dennis/AFP 2016/Wired868)

However, there was no Olympic spot for veteran two-time silver medalist and sprinter Marc Burns for the first time since 2000, while three-time Commonwealth Games medalist and shooter Roger Daniel also missed out.

For the athletes who made the grade, the aim is to add to Trinidad and Tobago’s 18-medals at the Olympic Games.

Once more, the 23 year old Walcott is a name to be reckoned with in his field and expectancy will be higher than four years ago when the Toco athlete went to London as an underdog.

Walcott’s best throw for the year thus far was an 86.35 effort in Oslo last month, which would have been good enough for gold in London although still short of his personal best and national record mark of 90.16.

On the track, Cedenio is part of a talented crop of local quarter-milers and he ascended to 400m supremacy last month with an impressive win at the 2016 NAAA National Open Championships.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio (centre) takes the baton from Deon Lendore in the final leg of the men’s 4x400 metres final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on 30 August 30 2015. USA’s LaShawn Merritt (left) also receives the baton from Bryshon Nellum. (Copyright AFP 2015/ Franck Fife)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio (centre) takes the baton from Deon Lendore in the final leg of the men’s 4×400 metres final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on 30 August 30 2015.
USA’s LaShawn Merritt (left) also receives the baton from Bryshon Nellum.
(Copyright AFP 2015/ Franck Fife)

Cedenio crossed the finish line first at the 2015 competition too but was disqualified due to a lane infringement. Now, the burgeoning runner leads a strong 400 metre relay group which will look to follow-up on its bronze run in London.

Renny Quow, Jarrin Solomon, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore and London 400 metre bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon will accompany Cedenio on the 4x400m relay team. And, according to TT’s Chef de Mission Dr Ian Hypolite, the local track and field body is yet to decide on its final spot for the individual 400 metre run.

“I don’t know if we can say with clarity that it will be Lendore instead of Solomon,” said Hypolite, “the track and field association has actually submitted four qualifiers which include Jarrin Solomon.

“We are obligated in the NAAAs to include all the qualifiers. On the 25th of July, we will have what we call our DRM meeting where we will confirm our sport entries.”

Like Cedenio, Ahye also struck gold at last month’s National Championships, and the local sprint queen will hope to take her form on to the world stage when she faces the starter’s gun in Rio.

Photo: Rebirth sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye beams after setting a new Trinidad and Tobago record of 22.33 in the women's 200 metre event at the NAAA National Open Championships on 26 June 2016 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Rebirth sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye beams after setting a new Trinidad and Tobago record of 22.33 in the women’s 200 metre event at the NAAA National Open Championships on 26 June 2016 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Ahye set a new 200 metre national record with a time of 22.33 last month, and a lot will rest on her shoulders. Although her 29 year old compatriot, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, should not be counted out as she looks to improve on her sixth place finish at the 100 metre event in London.

“I never liked to predict medals in advance,” Hypolite told Wired868. “Medals are determined by many different factors. A lot determined by what is happening right there and at that time, on the track, in the field, in the pool or wherever they are.

“We have great expectations because we have a very strong team. We have a lot of people who have medal potential.”

Although Hypolite may be coy on his medal predictions, the men’s 4x100m relay team have definitely shown their liking for the podium on the big stage.

The quartet of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callendar and Richard Thompson were recently awarded their silver medals for their exploits at the 2012 Games. And with the core of the relay team still intact, the Trinbago boys will hope to be one of the fastest teams on the track once more.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's London Olympics 4x100 metre relay team of (from left) Richard Thompson, Emmanuel Callender, Marc Burns and Keston Bledman pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) in a ceremony at The Anchorage, Carenage on 29 June 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s London Olympics 4×100 metre relay team of (from left) Richard Thompson, Emmanuel Callender, Marc Burns and Keston Bledman pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) in a ceremony at The Anchorage, Carenage on 29 June 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Hypolite also highlighted the importance of mental readiness on the part of the athletes.

“Yes it is (important) and mental preparation does not happen at the games. Mental preparation takes place well before… And if you are performing well then mental preparation has to be a part of that. But we do have sports psychologist (Dr) Margaret Ottley on board.”

The contingent will jet off to a camp in Sao Paulo which runs from 24 July to 4 August before making the northward trip to Rio for the commencement of the Olympic Games on 5 August.

The 2016 Paralympic Games, which will also be staged in Rio de Janeiro and runs from 7 to 18 September, will feature three Trinidad and Tobago athletes who are sprinter Nyosha Cain, swimmer Shantol Ince and field athlete Akeem Stewart.

Judy Beckles will serve as the chef de mission for the Paralympic team and will be accompanied by Dr Kerry Dollaway (medical), Wade Franklyn (athletics coach) and Karen Araujo (swimming coach).

The following are Trinidad and Tobago’s contingent:

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago Government feted gold medalist Keshorn Walcott on his return from the London 2012 Olympics.
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago Government feted gold medalist Keshorn Walcott on his return from the London 2012 Olympics.

(Track)

Men: Richard Thompson (100m), Rondell Sorrillo (100m, 200m), Keston Bledman (100m), Kyle Greaux (200m), Machel Cedenio (400m), Lalonde Gordon (400m), Deon Lendore (400m), Mikel Thomas (110m Hurdles), Jehue Gordon (400m Hurdles);

Men’s 4x100m Relay: Richard Thompson, Rondell Sorrillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Marcus Duncan, Kyle Greaux;

Men’s 4x400m Relay: Machel Cedenio, Lalonde Gordon, Deon Lendore, Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow, Jereem Richards;

Women: Michelle Lee Ayhe (100m, 200m), Semoy Hackett (100m, 200m), Kelly Ann Baptiste (100m), Reyare Thomas (200m), Janeil Bellille (400m Hurdles), Sparkle Mc Knight (400m Hurdles);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Semoy Hackett (third from right) during the London 2012 Olympics.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Semoy Hackett (third from right) during the London 2012 Olympics.

Women’s 4x100m Relay: Michelle Lee Ayhe, Semoy Hackett, Kelly Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St Fort, Reyare Thomas, Kai Selvon;

(Field)

Keshorn Walcott (Javelin), Cleopatra Borel (Shot Put);

(Track and Field Officials)

George Commissiong (manager), Ian Carter (head coach), Ismael Lopez (mastrapa), Gunness Persad, Nicconnor Alexander, Charles Joseph;

(Boxing)

Nigel Paul, Reynold Cox (manager), Floyd Trumpet (coach);

(Artistic Gymnasts)

Marisa Dick, Anita Pelletier (coach);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Dick was born in Canada to a Trinidadian mother, Hannifer. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Dick was born in Canada to a Trinidadian mother, Hannifer.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

(Judo)

Christopher George (100kg category), Mark Littrean (manager/coach);

(Cycling)

Njisane Phillip, David Francis (manager), Elijah Greene (mechanic);

(Rowing)

Felice Aisha Chow (Single Scull), Merryl See Tai (manager);

(Sailing)

Andrew Lewis (Laser), Kairon Serrette (manager), Bruno Fontes (coach);

(Swimming)

Dylan Carter (100m Freestyle), George Bovell III (50m Freestyle), George Bovell II (manager), Roland Shoeman (coach);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago swim star George Bovell III.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago swim star George Bovell III.

(Officials)

Dr Ian Hypolite (chef de Mission), Lovie Santana (administration/assistant chef de Mission);

(Medical Team)

Dr Terry Ali (CMO), Dr Aanyl Gopeesingh, Dr Tonya Welch, Dr Margaret Ottley, Ian Sharpe.

About Roneil Walcott

Roneil Walcott
Roneil Walcott is an avid sports fan and freelance reporter with a BA in Mass Communication from COSTAATT. Roneil is a former Harvard and St Mary's College cricketer who once had lofty aspirations of bringing joy to sport fans with the West Indies team. Now, his mission is to keep them on the edge of their seats with sharp commentary from off the playing field.

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42 comments

  1. Are we paying for managers to attend? I understand coaches but managers?

  2. You Handsome Gentle have really fly the Flag of Trinidad and Tobago you All have done Yourself and your Country Proud,DON’T let it end there I salute you Gentlemen reach for higher Flights,If one can do it you can,It is just team work,unity is strength,Please DON’T let end there Enjoy your memorable moments together and Last but not Least you have made your Family Proud And your Community,Your coach and youself God Bless you all he will give the strength to go on to be the better of the teams,always remember work together as a team the result will always be excellent

  3. I am sorry but in my opinion, It should have been 31! Someone lacked cajones.

  4. Wonder what about the previous chef de mission Annette Knott? Wonder if she retired or was simply replaced.

  5. Be happy for those who made it. Give it your best shot team TT.

  6. Marc Burns not going? Woooow! He has done so well for so long. Thank you Mr Burns. You did excellent. A+! Thank you.

  7. Keston.. You keep making us proud cuz…….don’t forget to pray…love ya

  8. Marc Burns still around? Look ting

  9. Congratulations to these Champions

  10. Good luck guys, cant wait!

  11. All the best to the team…..

  12. Wish the team the best they can do. Glad for them having the sense to pick you as A. Chow’s manager

  13. Why send some of those athletes especially in the 100 M when yuh know most of them can’t clock sub 10 at the Olympics. Something is drastically wrong with the Stadium’s clocking system because some of them clocking sub 10 only in Trinidad.

    • There is nothing wrong with the clock. It has been checked by the IAAF. There is a cross wind at the Hasely Crawford Stadium which is legal but makes it a slightly faster track than elsewhere.

    • Then you need to factor that deviation in the time and stop sending a set of has beens to the Olympics. Instead send budding youths who will gain experience which will augur well for their future.

  14. These people cyah done saying FU to the Trinidad public. As far as I’m concerned we have 31 athletes yes?

  15. And Marisa didn’t participate in the TTGF competition as she was supposed to. Not a peep from them on that.
    I wonder if she would bother to return to Trinidad after she participates in Rio.

  16. Seeing Marisa Dicks name next to Anita Pelletier is a bitter pill. But I’ll surely be cheering on the rest of the contigent!

  17. and Thema Williams miss out. It is really hitting home hard now.

  18. When politics stop, we will win more medals