A Trinidad and Tobago 4x400 metres relay team climbed the podium for the first time at a World Junior Track and Field Championship meet, in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.
Asa Guevara, Jereem Richards, Brandon Benjamin and Machel Cedenio teamed up to earn bronze in the men's mile relay, the T&T quartet clocking three minutes, 06.32 seconds.
United States struck gold in 3:03.99, while Poland picked up silver in 3:05.05.
Yesterday's bronze was the third World Juniors relay medal for T&T, following third-place finishes in the men's sprint relay in 2002 and 2010.
T&T completed the 2012 edition of the global under-20 meet with one gold medal and one bronze to finish joint 14th on the medal table with Belarus, Colombia and Italy.
United States topped the table with nine gold medals, four silver and seven bronze. Kenya earned four gold medals, four silver and five bronze to finish second, ahead of Ethiopia (three gold medals, three silver, one bronze) and Cuba (three gold medals, one bronze).
Jamaica claimed two gold medals, two silver and a single bronze to finish seventh, two spots ahead of Bahamas—two gold medals and two bronze medals.
T&T's gold medal was earned on Friday by Keshorn Walcott. The 19-year-old Toco field athlete hurled the spear 78.64 metres to grab gold in the men's javelin.
On Thursday, 17-year-old Cedenio copped fifth spot in the men's 400m final in 46.17 seconds.
Thanks to the efforts of Walcott, Cedenio and the 4x400m quartet, T&T finished joint 22nd on the placing table with Hungary and Spain, with 18 points.
The Americans were comfortable winners in the points race, accumulating 188 points for a huge cushion on second-placed Kenya (112). Germany (95) finished third, while Jamaica (59), Cuba (41) and Bahamas (38) were ninth, 11th and 13th, respectively.
Both Walcott and Cedenio will be in London, England for the 2012 Olympic Games. Walcott will compete in the men's javelin, while Cedenio is part of the men's 4x400m relay squad.
Walcott achieved the Olympic "A" standard at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships, in El Salvador, the talented teen retaining his title with a huge 82.83m throw.