Emmanuel Callender has been a true patriot, representing Trinidad and Tobago even when it was not convenient.

While most of the world’s best sprinters were resting ahead of their off-season preparations, Callender was in Delhi, India in October, 2010, competing at the Commonwealth Games. He just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the men’s 100 metres final.

Callender again answered the call to national duty in late October, last year, leading the T&T sprint charge at the Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico. This time, he climbed the podium, bagging bronze in the 100 metres in 10.16 seconds.

Callender is also a two-time Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Track and Field Championship individual gold medallist. He captured the 200 metres title in 2008, and the 100 metres crown in 2009.

To date, Callender’s best performance in 2012 is a 10.07 seconds golden run in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 20.