Sunday, February 25, 2018

Women after 4 x 100m bronze

 Trinidad and Tobago’s  4 x 100 metres women’s relay team were  firm candidates for a medal at the IAAF World Junior Champions taking place in Eugene, Oregan, USA last evening.   

Both  Trinidad and Tobago men’s and women’s teams contested last night’s finals of the  4 x 100m relays, while shot puter Shakeil Waithe was also into last night’s final. 

On Friday, T&T’s women 4 x 100m team of Aaliyah Telesford, Mauricia Prieto, Zakiya Denoon and Kayelle Clarke won the third of three semi-final heats,  clocking 44.68 seconds over the trip.  

Japan (45.38) joined T&T as qualifiers for the final, while Australia (45.54) were third, but did not qualify.  

Overall,  T&T were the fourth fastest qualifiers behind USA (44.03), and Jamaica (44.22), but close enough to  third-fastest qualifiers  Brazil (44.61) to have a realistic chance at bronze.

Speaking after their semi-final run on Friday, Telesford  was overjoyed, but focused on getting to the final.

“I just wanted to execute properly and hand over the baton  to my partners, “ she said. 

Meanwhile, the 4 x 100m men’s team reached the final as eighth fastest qualifiers, after trailing Jamaica (39.86) into second spot in their heat.  The T&T quartet clocked 40.32 seconds, well adrift of  fastest qualifiers Japan (39.23), USA, Nigeria and China. 

Meanwhile, Waithe threw the shot put 68.19 metres, finishing as the sixth best qualifier to the final.  But sprinter Jonathan Farinha clocked 21.09 to finish last of eight runners  in Friday night’s  men’s 200m final,  won by American  Trentavis in 20.04.  

T&T results Friday

Portious  Warren (14.22)-  10th Shot Put  -  Qualification Group 1   

Akila McShine (14.11)  - 100 Metres Hurdle Heats 5 

Javelin Throw - Shakeil Waithe- Qualification Group 1  6 68.19 q  

Nicholas Landeau (1:56.40) - 8th  800 Metres Heat 4  

Trinidad and Tobago Junior  women (44.68) - Ist   4x100 Metres  Heat-   Qualified  

Trinidad and Tobago Junior  men 4x100 (40.32) - 2nd Heat 3 -  Qualified  

Jonathan Farinha (21.09) - 200 metres final - 8th