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T&T win maiden gold in IAAF World Relays; Cedenio stars as 4×400 team stun USA

A blistering anchor lane run by Machel Cedenio paced Trinidad and Tobago to their first ever gold return at the IAAF World Relays yesterday, as the twin island republic stunned defending champions, United States, to take gold at the 4×400 metre event in Yokohama, Japan.

Deon Lendore, Jereem Richards and Asa Guevara completed Trinidad and Tobago’s golden team, which stopped the clock at 3:00.81.

Trinidad and Tobago’s last—and only—medals at the World Relays came in 2014 at Nassau, Bahamas when Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Rondel Sorrillo and Richard “Torpedo” Thompson snatched silver in the 4×100 metre event and Lalonde Gordon, Renny Quow, Cedenio and Jerrin Solomon got bronze in the 4×400 while Kamaria Durant, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Reyare Thomas and Kai Selvon were third in the Women’s 4×100.

However, Trinidad and Tobago were golden in the Men’s 4×400 metre event two years ago as well, as a quartet of Solomon, Richards, Cedenio and Gordon stormed to first place at the IAAF World Championships in London in a time of 2:58.12.

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  1. Having been highly critical of the decision to use Machel Cedenio as the anchor on a previous occasion,—remember, Michael Samuel?—I feel I must heartily congratulate the officials who decided to keep faith with the young man.

    Wow! Is it even credible that he closed that gap? What are the qualifications for the award of the Trinity Cross? Were it not for Sat and co, come September, the 24-year-old might have earned one for his performance in this race.