The National Association of Athletics Administration of T&T (NAAA) has extended congratulations to T&T’s successful track and field team which competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada during the week.

In a media release yesterday, the NAAA said: “We would like to congratulate Cleopatra Borel, Keshorn Walcott, Machel Cedenio and Mikel Thomas on their latest achievements and wish them all the best as they continue to prepare for the World Championships being held in Beijing, China from August 22-30, and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Borel is the very first woman and only the sixth T&T athlete in history to win Gold at the Pan American Games. Borel’s winning throw of 18.67m came in the second round of competition. With this Gold, Borel now has a complete set of Pan American Games medals, as she won Silver in 2011, and Bronze in 2007.

Keshorn, won the men’s javelin throw, with a throw of 83.27 and became the seventh athlete in history with a Pan Am Gold, he can now add this Gold medal to his many Carifta and CAC, World Jr Championship, Continental Cup and Olympic medals What most of you do not know is that Mr Walcott injured his ankle a week ago while competing in Monaco and had to wear a soft cast for about four days while in Toronto.

Yet he was able to show the heart, determination and temperament of a true champion to go out there and perform with this injury and still bring home the Gold. The winning throw came in his second round, he fouled the third and the passed on his last three throws, protecting the ankle from any further injury, with Worlds just one month away.

Nineteen-year-old Machel Cedenio, the 2014 World Jr Champion, won Silver in the men’s 400m dash in a time of 44.70, and became only the fourth quarter miler in the history of the Pan Am Games to win a medal over this distance. Ian Morris who also won silver was the last athlete to do this way back in 1991.

Not only did Mikel Thomas win a Silver medal at the games, he also ran his personal best 13.17 setting a New National Record in the process and became the first male T&T hurdler ever, to medal at the Pan Am Games. Well done ladies and gents, you have made us proud.”


Hockey men hammer depleted Cuba 13-0

Trinidad and Tobago secured a medal--a belated bronze--in the men's 4x100 metres relay, at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.

Rondel Sorrillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Dan-Neil Telesford finished fourth in the final in 38.69 seconds. But the Canadians, the first team home in 38.06, were disqualified for a lane violation, and T&T were promoted to third.

United States, originally second in 38.27, were upgraded to gold, with the silver going to Brazil. The Brazilians got the baton round the track in 38.68 to edge out T&T by a hair's breadth.

At first, the protest against the Canadians was thrown out. But that decision was subsequently overturned, and T&T's precious metal count at the Games went up to seven--two gold medals, three silver, and two bronze.

After press time, last night, the T&T men's and women's 4x400m teams battled for precious metal.

T&T took advantage of a depleted Cuba outfit, yesterday, whipping the northern Caribbean team 13-0 to finish seventh in the men's hockey competition.

In a Pool "A" match, two Thursdays ago, the teams battled to a two-all draw. But the Cubans only fielded eight players in the seventh-place playoff, and T&T capitalised on the three-man advantage.

At the halftime interval, 11-man T&T led 6-0. Seven more goals were added in the second period of play.

For T&T, midfielder Mickell Pierre and forward Kiel Murray scored three goals apiece, and Jordan Reynos and Dillet Gilkes added two each. The other three items were notched by Kristien Emmanuel, Ishmael Campbell, and Stefan Mouttet.

Cyclist Emile Abraham finished eighth in the men's road race. The veteran wheelman completed the 165-kilometre event in three hours, 46 minutes, 35 seconds. Abraham was a silver medallist in the road race at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Venezuela's Miguel Ubeto Aponte struck gold in the 2015 road race, forcing American Eric Marcotte and Canadian Guillaume Boivin to settle for silver and bronze, respectively. All three cyclists clocked 3:46:26.

Pan Am Games women's shot put champion Cleopatra Borel continued her fine run of form, picking up from where she left off in Toronto with a third-place finish at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games IAAF Diamond League meet, in London, England, yesterday.

Borel threw the iron ball 18.53 metres, while the winner, American Michelle Carter produced a 19.74m effort. New Zealand's two-time Olympic champion, Valerie Adams was second with an 18.59m throw.


Sunday July 26th, Toronto, Canada– Trinidad and Tobago added two medals to its Pan Am total last night, claiming gold and bronze in the men’s 4x400 and 4x100 metre relays.

In the Men’s 4x400 relay, the quartet of Renny Quow, Jarrin Solomon, Emmanuel Mayers and Machel Cedenio came together to produce a blistering season’s best time of 2.59.60 to take first place and the gold medal.  Quow ran an excellent first leg handing off to Solomon with a slight lead. Solomon maintained the pace and handed off to Mayers in second who briefly fell to third before Cedenio on anchor picked off the competitors from Cuba and the United States.


Following the race Solomon said, “This feels real good. After all the races this week, gold and a medal bonus is nice way to top it off.” Solomon, Cedenio, Quow and Mayers will receive US$9000 from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) 10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation fund.


In the men’s 4 x100 relay the sprint quartet of Rondel Sorillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callendar and Dan-Neil Telesford finished 3rd to claim the bronze in a time of 38.69. The race was not without controversy as Canada originally claimed victory. A protest was launched by the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil however claiming a lane violation by Canada in the third leg handover. The challenge proved to be successful and Canada was eventually disqualified.


Speaking after the race, Callendar said, “There are rules in every sport and we have to abide by it. It’s not the way we expected to win but but we’ll take this bronze; and continue moving forward to every meet, trying to perfect our chemistry so by the time world championships comes around we can get the gold.” Callendar also expressed joy about the medal bonus that they successful relay team members will receive from the TTOC.


In the Women’s 4x400 final, the relay quartet of Janeil Belille, Romona Modeste, Alena Brooks and Sparkle McKnight finished 7th in a time of 3:33:31.  Out on the road, 2007 Pan Am silver medallist, Emile Abraham placed 8th out of thirty competitors in the men’s cycling road race with a time of 3:46:35. It was an extremely competitive race with Venezuelan Miguel Ubeto claiming the gold in 3:46:26 and Eric Marcotte of the United States and Boivin Guillame of Canada claiming the silver and bronze in the same time.


Finally, in field hockey Trinidad and Tobago defeated Cuba 13-0 to end the tournament ranked 7th.


Trinidad and Tobago ends this year’s Pan Am Games ranked 15th with eight medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze), one more than it’s highest ever Pan Am medal haul.

A storming finish from Machel Cedenio in Toronto, Canada, late on Saturday night, propelled Trinidad and Tobago to men's 4x400 metres gold and the country's best-ever Pan American Games performance.

Renny Quow ran the leadoff leg for Team T&T, handing the baton to Jarrin Solomon. Hurdler Emanuel Mayers performed third leg duties. The three T&T athletes battled hard, but there was still a lot to do on the anchor leg.

Cedenio, the 400m silver medallist, was equal to the task, the 19-year-old quartermiler surging past the Bahamian and Cuban anchormen to snatch gold for T&T in two minutes, 59.60 seconds. Cuba claimed silver in 2:59.84, while United States clocked 3:00.21 to grab the bronze, ahead of Bahamas (3:00.34).

Saturday's 4x400m victory handed T&T a Pan Am Games relay title for the very first time.

The incredible run from Cedenio capped off a superb showing from Team T&T at Toronto 2015. The reigning world junior 400m champion's never-say-die attitude carried the country to three gold medals, three silver and two bronze, bettering the country's previous best Pan Am performance of two gold, four silver, one bronze at the 2003 Games in Dominican Republic.

T&T ended the 2015 Games in 15th spot on the medal table, just one rung below Jamaica (three gold, four silver, two bronze). United States topped the table with 103 gold medals, 81 silver and 81 bronze. Canada (78 gold, 69 silver, 70 bronze) and Brazil (41 gold 40 silver, 60 bronze) were second and third, respectively.

“This feels real good,” said Solomon. “After all the races this week, gold and a medal bonus is a nice way to top it off.”

Quow, Solomon, Mayers and Cedenio will get a US$9,000 payout from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee's (TTOC) 10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation fund.

T&T also medalled in Saturday's men's 4x100m relay, Rondel Sorrillo, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Dan-Neil Telesford combining for bronze, albeit belated.

Anchorman Telesford crossed the line fourth, but a protest was filed against Canada by United States, Brazil and T&T for a lane violation. According to the information coming out of Toronto, the protest was initially thrown out, and Canada got gold.

However, about two hours after the 8.05pm race, there was news that the Canadians were in fact disqualified, and bronze was awarded to Sorrillo, Bledman, Callender and Telesford.

T&T clocked 38.69 seconds to finish just behind silver medallists Brazil (38.68). Canada's disqualification handed gold to United States in 38.27.

And in the women's 4x400m relay, Janeil Bellille, Romona Modeste, Alena Brooks and Sparkle McKnight combined for seventh spot in 3:33.31. United States struck gold with a 3:25.68 clocking, finishing ahead of Jamaica (3:27.27) and Canada (3:27.74).


Sunday July 26th, Toronto, Canada– Pan Am Silver Medallist in the 110metre hurdles, Mikel Thomas will carry the Trinidad and Tobago flag at tonight’s closing ceremony.  The ceremony will feature hip-hop artist Kanye West, rapper PitBull and Canadian singer Serena Ryder. Ryder will be performing the catchy official song for the 2015 Pan American Games, “Together We Are One.”


Upon learning that he would carry the Trinidad and Tobago flag at the ceremony, Thomas said, “It would be an honour.” He later tweeted, “Blessings keep flowing. Over joyed to announce I will have the honour of being our flag bearer at tonight’s closing ceremony. So Grateful.”


Speaking of Thomas’s selection, Chef de Mission for Trinidad and Tobago Diane Henderson said, “We are thrilled with his performance at the Games. It displayed discipline, dedication and determination. His performance will serve as an inspiration to many to persevere with their sport.”


The ceremony will feature fireworks, 500 costumes made from 3,000 yards of fabric, with 510 volunteers making up the show's cast, 150 broadcast cameras and 300 lights. The game will also be formally handed over to Lima, Peru, which will host the next Pan Am Games in 2019.


Trinidad and Tobago ended this year’s Pan Am Games ranked 15th with eight medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze). It is our highest ever medal haul at a Pan American Games, surpassing the previous record of seven medals.