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