Former Trinidad and Tobago Olympic weightlifter Brandon Bailey, who died on Wednesday morning, was hailed as a true legend by his former coach and manager Alexander Chapman.
The veteran athlete was born on November 5, 1932. He was 80 years old.
Bailey was named among the “50 Legends of Sport” for the period 1962-2012 at last year’s celebratory function commemorating T&T’s 50th anniversary of Independence.
He was regarded as the most accomplished heavyweight weightlifter in T&T, having represented the country at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, lifting a massive 425kg (935lbs).
“He was one of the outstanding weightlifters and was consistent. He took part in all the games that we were eligible to go to,” Chapman recalled.
Chapman also noted that Bailey won gold for T&T in the heavyweight class at the 1962 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Jamaica, before the country gained independence, and followed up with bronze at the British Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia later that year after T&T gained independence.
“He left a legacy and was a sporting legend,” Chapman said of the weightlifter.