Trinidad and Tobago will do battle in the third and final heat of the men’s 4x400 metres event on the opening day of the inaugural IAAF World Relays, here in Nassau, Bahamas, this evening.
Two of the four men who earned bronze for T&T at the 2012 London Olympics—Lalonde Gordon and Jarrin Solomon—are in the six-man 4x4 pool.
Neither London anchorman Deon Lendore nor Ade Alleyne-Forte is in Nassau. But 2009 World Championship 400m bronze medallist Renny Quow is on the squad, together with Gordon, Solomon, Machel Cedenio, Jereem Richards and Zwede Hewitt.
Quow recently clocked 45.36 seconds--his fastest time since 2011—and is keen to get on the newly-laid Thomas A. Robinson Stadium track.
“If everyone puts their mind to it,” said Quow, “we could go home with a medal.”
Solomon agreed with his teammate.
“I expect us to do well--at least medal, if not get the gold. We have the firepower to go under three minutes.”
The T&T men’s 4x4 quartet will be on show from 7.32 p.m., taking on reigning Olympic champions Bahamas, as well as Japan, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Poland and Cuba. Only the top two teams advance automatically to tomorrow’s championship race.
At 5.49 this afternoon, the T&T women’s 4x100m team will tackle United States, Germany, Dominican Republic, Switzerland and Australia in the first qualifying heat. The top two finishers will be assured of lanes in the 8.42 p.m. final.
The T&T team will be built around Michelle-Lee Ahye, the second fastest woman in the world this year at 11.04 seconds.
At 6.40 p.m., T&T will compete in the opening heat of the women’s 4x400m event. The top three teams in that race will progress to the final, scheduled for tomorrow evening.
Manager Dexter Voisin is confident Team T&T will impress at the World Relays.
“Some of our athletes have been doing well as individuals, so coming together as a team I think we will be able to perform well. I expect some great performances from our teams."