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The NAAA Sagicor/NGC National Open Track and Field Championships ended in style at the Hasely Crawford Stadium this evening with a national record in the men's 4x400 metres relay. Congratulations to all the winners this weekend - Keston Bledman, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Rondel Sorrillo, Kai Selvon, Lalonde Gordon, Cleopatra Borel, Keshorn Walcott...
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20-year-old record falls
Renny Quow, Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon and Deon Lendore combined to break a 20-year-old record, the T&T quartet stopping the clock at three minutes, 00.45 seconds to erase the 3:01.05 men’s 4x400 metres standard, established way back in 1992.
The 3:00.45 clocking earned T&T a huge victory in the men’s mile relay.
Gold for Borel, Wilson
Cleopatra Borel threw the iron ball 17.98 metres for gold in the women's shot put.
Quincy Wilson retained his men's discus title with a 56.25 metres throw.
And in the men's high jump, Dominica's Brendan Williams triumphed with a 2.25 metres clearance - a new Championship record. Silver went to Rodney Liverpool (1.95m).
Hercules wins another
Chris Hercules won his eighth straight men's triple jump title with a 16.17 metres effort.
Carl Stones added the men's 5,000 metres title to his 3,000m steeplechase crown. The American clocked 14:40.06.
Keshorn Walcott topped the men's javelin field with a big 75.00 metres throw.
Bermuda's Arantxa King produced a wind-assisted 6.40 metres leap to win the women's long jump. Triple jump champion Ayanna Alexander was second with a 6.28m jump.
Ayana Glasgow accumulated 3,814 points to strike gold in the women's heptathlon.
Sorrillo keeps 200 title
Rondel Sorrillo dominated his rivals in the men's 200 metres final, holding on to his title with a 20.48 seconds run.
Emmanuel Callender led coming off the turn, but Sorrillo was superb on the straight, surging past the leader and romping to victory. Lalonde Gordon, the new 400m champion, was also strong on the straight, moving past Callender to claim silver in 20.77. Callender was forced to settle for bronze in 20.90.
Kai Selvon retained her women's 200 metres title. The 20-year-old sprinter just got the better of Semoy Hackett in a battle royale in front of an appreciative main stand crowd.
Running into a 1.9 metres per second headwind on the straight, Selvon and Hackett tried desperately to gain an advantage on the other. Selvon eventually earned the edge, outleaning Hackett for victory in 22.96 seconds. Hackett clocked 22.98 to seize silver, while bronze went to Reyare Thomas (23.36).
De Leon wins women's 800
Melissa De Leon returned a time of two minutes, 07.35 seconds to top the women's 800 metres field.
Grenadian Neisha Bernard-Thomas led for most of the race, serving as a rabbit in a bid to help De Leon achieve the 2:01.30 Olympic "B" standard. Bernard-Thomas dropped out less than 100 metres from home, clearing the way for a De Leon victory. The Trinidad and Tobago half-miler, however, couldn't get close to the Olympic qualifying time.
The men's 800m final was won by Bermuda's Aaron Evans in 1:46.69. T&T's Jamaal James got home in 1:47.25 to cop second spot. Mark London claimed bronze in 1:50.54, the Carifta Games boys' under-20 champion beating the 1:51.00 World Junior Championship standard.
Bellille beats Lucas
Janeil Bellille beat Josanne Lucas in a thriller to complete a hat-trick of victories in the women's 400 metres hurdles.
Bellille was in front coming off the final turn. Lucas battled tenaciously on the home straight, but a gutsy Bellille held her off for the win, getting to the line in 56.31 seconds. Lucas clocked 56.39 to earn silver, ahead of Barbadian La Toya Griffith (57.27).
In the absence of Jehue Gordon, Emanuel Mayers won the men's 400m hurdles in 50.66 seconds.
Gordon, Callender advance in half-lap
Lalonde Gordon had no problems winning his semifinal heat and advancing to the men's 200 metres final. The new 400m champion won his half-lap semifinal in 20.70 seconds. The other heat winners were Emmanuel Callender (20.74) and reigning champion Rondel Sorrillo (20.83).
Hackett cruises into 200 final
Semoy Hackett was an easy winner of heat three in the qualifying round of the women's 200 metres. The Tobago sprinter got home in 23.48 seconds to advance to the final as the fastest qualifier. Kai Selvon topped heat two in 23.62, while heat one was won by Kamaria Durant in 24.05.
Focus on 200s, Jehue, Walcott
Good afternoon, and welcome to our day two coverage of the NAAA Sagicor/NGC National Open Track and Field Championships.
Yesterday, we saw Keston "Blazing" Bledman win the men's 100 metres dash in 9.86 seconds. Second-placed Richard "Torpedo" Thompson also dived under 10 seconds, the double Olympic silver medallist getting to the line in 9.96.
And in the women's 100m, Kelly-Ann Baptiste won in 10.98 seconds.
The 200s will be contested today. Also under the spotlight will be Jehue Gordon in the men's 400m hurdles and Keshorn Walcott in the men's javelin.