Rondel Sorrillo, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richard "Torpedo" Thompson combined for victory in the men's 4x100 metres relay, at the Aviva London Grand Prix Samsung Diamond League meet, in London, England, yesterday.
The T&T quartet clocked 38.23 seconds, forcing Netherlands to settle for silver in 38.70. Poland (38.78) and Great Britain (38.80) finished third and fourth, respectively, while fifth spot was copped by Jamaica, MVP sprinters Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Ainsley Waugh and Omar Douglas combining for a 38.82 run.
Thompson was impressive on the anchor leg, the double Olympic silver medallist opening a gap on the field to hand T&T a comfortable victory.
The 38.23 clocking produced by Sorrillo, Burns, Callender and Thompson is the second fastest time in the world this year. At the top of the 2012 world list is a Jamaica team—Racers Track Club sprinters Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Kimmari Roach and Usain Bolt. The powerful quartet stopped the clock at 37.82 seconds at a meet in Jamaica, in April.
Missing from the T&T team, yesterday, was Keston Bledman. The national sprint champion competed in the individual 100m on Friday, but did not advance to the final. Bledman finished fourth in his heat and ninth overall in 10.27 seconds.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Bledman, Burns, Callender and Thompson earned silver in 38.06 seconds, the T&T quartet finishing behind Jamaica, the winners in a world record 37.10.
One year later, at the World Championships, in Berlin, Germany, T&T again finished second to Jamaica (37.31), Darrel Brown, Burns, Callender and Thompson clocking an impressive 37.62 seconds—the current national record.
T&T's sprint relay men will be hoping for another trip to the podium at the 2012 London Olympics.