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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / MF DOOM
« on: January 01, 2021, 05:39:19 AM »
For those of us who grew up listening to hip hop. . One of the most underrated rappers with Trini roots passed away. RIP Metal Face aka Zev love X.


General Discussion / Decriminalize it!
« on: December 23, 2019, 01:03:22 PM »
I glad that they decriminalize the ganja. Not because of the obvious. But now the gov't can put more resources into fighting crime. Plus the petty ganja charge was clogging up the judicial system.

But I feel the gov't might be overlooking a huge opportunity to cash in and grow the economy. What TT go do when the oil run out? I quote a Canadian rap artist "marijuana to save the world economy". Some truth. .

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Soca Monarch 2019
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:42:43 AM »
Anyone know if they streaming the Soca Monarch? I in Toronto. Did a search. Cant find anything. Huge opportunity for the organizers to make some money off this by doing a ppv for the people abroad..

What about Track & Field / New World cup of Track and Field
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:41:42 AM »
The IAAF has just created a new world cup of Track and Field. Only 8 teams were chosen.

The inaugural world cup will take place in London. Here are the following teams:

- Jamaica
- South Africa
- UK
- China
- Germany
- Poland
- France

We have been plagued by mediocre performances over the past 2 years. There are only a few exceptions. But I think the IAAF got it right.. We don't deserve to be anywhere near that world cup.. especially when we athletes have to turn to the media to draw attention to the broken promises of the TTNAAA..

Football / How would you feel if we made Russia on a technicality
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:54:28 PM »
Might be a steupid thread. But something to think about..

Dick Cheney said that any findings of Russian involvement in the US election is an act of war. Now I don't think Russia and the US will engage in an armed struggle. But if relations continue to sour, then I can see the US doing something like "Boycotting" the World Cup. This is of course if the US qualifies. Hate to see TT get a trip to Russia through a back door. But I know most of we go take it.

What about Track & Field / Carifta 2017
« on: March 11, 2017, 03:07:37 PM »
Some impressive times for our under 18 at the Carifta trials.
Keep an eye open for:

Avindale Smith 16y 100m
Adell Colthurst  17y 100m (Glad to see he made the team)

Jenae  Spinx 17y 100m
Akilah Lewis 17y 100m
Deleth Charles 16y 100m

Jacob St clair 19y 400m
Judah Taylor 19y 400m

Rae Ann Serville 15y 400m (This girl is special)

Che Lara 16y 400m

This is the first time in a long time that we have 3 qualifiers for all under 18 100m and 400m. This goes for both boys and girls. Will be interesting to see which 2 get chosen for Carifta.

The girls u18 4x400m & 4x100m  teams are looking strong. 3 girls made the Carifta standard for the 100m and 400m very easily.

Will post some times soon

What about Track & Field / 2017 Indoor Results
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:26:22 PM »
Socapro, like yuh too busy?

Women 300 Meter Dash Elite/Pro
Meet Record:#36.402014Shanue Miller, Adidas
Place NameAffiliationFinalsPoints
110492Lavendar, JordanUSA37.94
210490Denoon, ZakiyaTrinidad38.17
310479Ruth, AshaCPTC New Balance39.60
410474King, KareneBritish V.I.39.92
510491Evins, FrancynaUSA40.14

Men 300 Meter Dash Elite/Pro
Meet Record:#32.642015Lalonde Gordon, Nike
Place NameAffiliationFinalsPoints
110512Gordon, LalondeTrinidad32.88
210514Naliali, ChrisZenith Velocity33.80
310502Tugumirsize, EmmanCPTC New Balance34.02
410513Roberts, JamalUnattached35.85
510497Crichlow, AdrianCPTC New Balance35.85

Delta Timing Group - Contractor License                     1/21/2017 - 2:47 PM
                           Auburn Indoor Invitational                           
                       Birmingham CrossPlex  - 1/21/2017                       
Event 4  Men 200 Meter Dash
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points     
  1 Jereem Richards           JR Alabama                  20.57   2   9      ;)   
  2 Teray Smith               SR Auburn                   21.08   1   7         
  3 Renny Quow                   Unattached               21.32   1            
  4 Michael Cherry            SR Lsu                      21.34   2   6         
  5 Steven Gayle              SR Alabama                  21.37   2   5         
  6 Lamar Bruton              SR Lsu                      21.54   3   4         
  7 Deshawn Marshall          SR Ohio State               21.63   3   3         
  8 Skyler Bowden             SO Alabama                 x21.79   4             
  9 Asa Burke                 FR Ohio State               21.85   4   2         
 10 Will Allen                FR Alabama                 x21.92   3             
 11 Alize Ford                FR Alabama                 x22.18   4             
 12 Matthew Likely            SO Alabama                 x22.20   3             
 -- Tinashe Mutanga           SR Lsu                        DNS   2             
 -- Nick Gray                 SO Ohio State                 DNS   1             
 -- Kahlil Henderson          SR Auburn                     DNS   4             
 -- Rondell Bartholomew          Unattached                 DNS   1             

Seems like all the usual suspects will be contending for a spot to Rion. There is one noticeable absence. Josanne Lucas isn't competing in any event. My guess is that she has retired.

My mistake. Here is the schedule and entries.


Football / 2015 Caribbean Gold Cup 11
« on: July 28, 2015, 09:44:23 AM »
After watching every Gold cup game and viewing all the stats on concacaf.com, I compiled a Caribbean XI. . It was hard to put Cuba in, as they only had one good game.

GK - Placide (HAI)
RB - Lawrence  (JAM)
CB - Bateau (TRI)
CB - Morgan (JAM)
LB - Cyrus (TRI)
RM - Mcleary  ( JAM)
CM - Austin (JAM)
CM - Marquez (CUB)
LM - Jones  ( TRI)
ST - Nazon (HAI)
ST- Jones  (TRI)


Boucaud (TRI)
Jaggy (HAI)
Barnes (JAM)
Mattocks (JAM)
Cummings (TRI)
Marcelin  (HAI)
Abu Bakr (TRI)
Hector  (JAM)
Jerome (HAI)
Thompson (JAM)
Phillips  (TRI) the man save 2 penalties.. so hard not to include him

What all yuh think?

What about Track & Field / 2015 Outdoor predictions
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:08:39 PM »
My predictions for this season

- Machel Cedenio will run sub 45
- Michelle Lee Ahye will run 10.7x and get NR in both 100 and 200
- Womens 4x100 will break NR
- Men's 4x400m will break NR once Lendore comes into the picture
- Keshorn Walcott will break NR
- Josanne Lucas will regain her 2009 form. (A close source told me she is in good shape)
- TT will have their best WC. 5 medals

- Bolt will look human this year (Word out is that he is not in sub 10 shape)..My money on Gatlin
- Watch out for Powell
- Watch out for E Thompson
- Donkey kong (Francis) is going to get better
- Jam will lose to US in men 4x100

Post any predictions you have. I will add to this as the season unfolds

Football / Sun shining on T&T once more
« on: November 13, 2014, 06:30:04 PM »
Sun shining on T&T once more.

It was a day over nine years ago, on 12 November 2005, when Trinidad and Tobago’s iconic captain Dwight Yorke readied himself before sending a corner arcing into the Bahrain penalty area. And though there were seven opposing players in and around the six-yard box, T&T’s rangy defender Dennis Lawrence rose highest to meet Yorke’s delivery and nod home the only goal of the second leg of the Intercontinental play-off for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

Over 11,000 kilometres away, the goal was met by an eruption of euphoria by Soca Warriors’ supporters – Lawrence’s downward header handing his nation a 2-1 aggregate success and a ticket to German soil. Trinidad and Tobago, at the time down in 50th place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, were all set to play in their first ever senior World Cup.

What is more, Yorke and Co. had only just sneaked into that all-important AFC/CONCACAF play-off encounter, having kicked off the final six-team Hexagonal round of North, Central America and Caribbean Zone qualifying with two defeats and a draw. In came Leo Beenhakker, in time for T&T’s fourth Hexagonal clash, and the Dutch supremo immediately guided his new charges to a win over Panama – on the way to securing the 13-point tally that earned their play-off berth. Though Trinidad and Tobago were 62nd in the Ranking when Don Leo took over, by the start of Germany 2006 they had risen to 47th.

Momentum lost

Two further editions of the World Cup have gone by since the ex-Real Madrid and Ajax supremo oversaw a draw with Sweden and defeats against England and Paraguay at the group stage of Germany 2006. In qualifying for South Africa 2010, the Soca Warriors finished dead last in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, while they failed to even get that far on the road to Brazil 2014.

Adding to this painful list is T&T’s failure to reach the knockout stages of the 2008 and 2010 Caribbean Cups, as well as missing out on the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. The progress being made in the run-up to Germany 2006 looked to have dissipated, with 2012’s average of 80th place in the Ranking rubbing salt in the collective wound.

It was not until 2013 that the reawakening came, and the man involved was a familiar face. Runners-up in the 2012 Caribbean Cup, came the following year’s Gold Cup Canadian coach Stephen Hart who had stepped into the hotseat, with Beenhakker back in Trinidad and Tobago in a Sporting Director role – charged with an overhaul of the game in the Caribbean nation.

Bringing smiles back to T&T

The experienced Dutchman stepped back into a country where, for a period at least, he helped give football’s popularity a huge leg-up in a region where cricket has always held sway.

Beenhakker and Hart wasted little time in showing their worth: Trinidad and Tobago clinching second place in Group B in the Gold Cup to move into the last eight. Once there they were denied a semi-final berth by a solitary goal from Mexico starlet Raul Jimenez, the Soca Warriors pushing El Tri all the way and exited the competition with their heads held high.

Next on the agenda was 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying and, with more time to prepare, confidence levels were high. Featuring an exciting attacking pair of youngster Kevin Molino and the experienced Kenwyne Jones, T&T began the qualifying phase with an emphatic 6-1 win over Dominican Republic. They then sealed qualification by sinking St. Lucia and followed that up with a narrow success versus Antigua and Barbuda.

All of which has brought significant rewards, not only in terms of group morale, but also in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. In fact, in October 2014 Trinidad and Tobago leapt up to 49th position in the global standings, an impressive jump from the previous month’s 86th place.

A positive performance at the Caribbean Cup, held this month, is now on the agenda, a competition which also serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. And should that go well, who knows, the Soca Warriors may well repeat history and charge back onto the world stage at Russia 2018? Fortunately for them, in Beenhakker, they have someone who knows exactly what it takes.


Seems as if the NAAA was preventing a possible lawsuit by allowing Hackett to run.. One reason why AR needs to hush.

Not picking Hackett for Worlds could have landed NAAA in court

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Sep 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM ECT
Story Updated: Sep 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM ECT
The National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) might have faced a restraint of trade lawsuit had the organisation not selected Semoy Hackett for last month’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Hackett’s attorney, Michael S Straubel could have exercised that option had the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter been barred from competing at the June 21-23 National Championships—the qualifying meet for Worlds.
Originally, Hackett’s entry for the National Championships was not accepted by the NAAA since the sport’s local governing body believed she was under suspension.  However, on June 19, in an e-mail letter to the NAAA, Straubel challenged that decision. Referring to a letter from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the attorney made the point that Hackett was free to compete.
Hackett had tested positive for Methylhexaneamine at the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in Iowa, USA. The Louisiana State University (LSU) sprinter was provisionally suspended by the NAAA disciplinary panel. Later, however, that panel lifted the suspension. But with the IAAF Doping Review Board considering an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the NAAA was under the impression that Hackett was re-suspended.
In response to Straubel’s letter, the NAAA sent an e-mail to IAAF Medical & Anti-Doping Department Results Manager Thomas Capdevielle, enquiring about Hackett’s status. Capdevielle confirmed that the sprinter was not suspended and eligible to compete at the T&T Championships. He did say, however, that she would be “well advised to refrain from competing until the outcome of the disciplinary procedure”.
Hackett, who had served a six-month ban after a positive test in 2011, also for  Methylhexaneamine, opted to run at the 2013 National Championships. She finished second in the women’s 200m final and fourth in the 100m final, qualifying for the World Championships in both events.
Hackett was selected on the T&T team for Worlds, but while she was in Moscow the IAAF lodged an appeal with the CAS. The 24-year-old sprinter was re-suspended before stepping on the track, and she subsequently left the Championships.
In the closing paragraph of Straubel’s June 19 letter to the NAAA, the Indiana-based lawyer said: “As you know, and Ms Hackett has asked me to stress, the national championship this weekend, as the qualifying meet for the World Championships, are critical to her career. It is very important that she be allowed to compete.”
Straubel did not respond to questions about the possibility of a restraint of trade case being brought against the NAAA had the organisation refused to allow Hackett to compete at the National Championships or not selected her for the World Championships.
The attorney explained that “Ms Hackett has requested that we not make public statements regarding her case.”
But local sports lawyer, Stefan Fabien expressed the view that a restraint of trade case was one of the available legal remedies had Hackett been excluded from the National Championship meet or omitted from the World Championship team.
“Ms Hackett is a professional track athlete; that is her trade. Additionally, there is judicial support for the view that where a person’s right to work is in issue, a decision of a domestic tribunal, such as is the NAAA, could be the subject of judicial scrutiny.
“On the basis of the facts in the public domain, I am of the view that her lawyer would have reserved all his client’s rights, in order to prevent the NAAA from denying both her entry to compete at the Nationals and by extension, the World Championships; having particular regard to the potential loss of lucrative appearance fees likely to be secured at the prestigious World Championships.”
Hackett was eighth in the women’s 200m final at the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, England. At the 2013 World Championships, athletes finishing eighth in individual events each received US$4,000.
Fabien told the Express that filing an injunction was one of the options available to Hackett’s legal representatives had the NAAA insisted on keeping her out of the National Championships.
“Such rights include, but would not have been limited to: seeking a declaration that the NAAA’s decision not to allow her to compete was null and void, and/or seeking an injunction restraining the NAAA from excluding her from competing at the trials.”

Anyone know if this will be streamed?

Key races:

Mens 100m (No Marc Burns.. but all the usual suspects)
Womens 100m (Semoy is running.. all the usual suspects)

Mens 200m (Few new surprises.. Thompson, Quow, Hewitt)
Womens 200m (Semoy running.. KAB also in the mix)

Mens 400m (I believe this event will overshadow the mens 100m)
Womens 400m (Sad to see we are lacking in this event.. Fermin only standout)

Mens 110mh (Show down between Davis and Thomas.. only three entries ???)
Mens 400mh (Jehue vs Mayers.. will like to see Mayers get A standard)

Womens 400mh (No Josanne or Janeil.. would be a good race if these two were available, Sparkle is the one to beat)

Javelin (Will be surprised if two can throw past 70m.. One will throw past 70 for sure)

Any predictions?

What about Track & Field / What ever happened to..
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:28:57 PM »
There are a few athletes that cannot be found. Anyone have any info about:

Josanne Lucas
Semoy Hackett
Darrel Brown

We are well into the season. Nationals are about two weeks away. Maybe they might show up then. Based on the overall performances of the 2013 season, TT needs as much help as they can get. I hope those athletes are okay.

They claim to be the Track and Field "bible". Has TT only winning one medal (Jehue Gordon) at the World Championships. I believe they also predicted that TT will only win one medal (Men 4x100) in London Olympics.

Their predictions are made as of April 2013. Maybe the predictions might change by July.



•   GOLD                                   SILVER                                     BRONZE
100   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)   Carmelita Jeter (USA)   Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)
200   Allyson Felix (USA)   Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)
400   Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)   Amantle Montsho (Botswana)   Antonina Krivoshapka (Russia)
800   Pamela Jelimo (Kenya)   Mariya Savinova (Russia)   Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi)
1500   Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia)   Abeba Aregawi (Sweden)   Maryam Jamal (Bahrain)
St   Yuliya Zaripova (Russia)   Habiba Ghribi (Tunisia)   Milcah Chemos (Kenya)
5000   Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya)   Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)   Meseret Defar (Ethiopia)
10K   Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)   Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya)   Sally Kipyego (Kenya)
100H   Sally Pearson (Australia)   Dawn Harper (USA)   Kellie Wells (USA)
400H   Lashinda Demus (USA)   Natalya Antyukh (Russia)   Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica)
Mar   Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia)   Edna Kiplagat (Kenya)   Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya)
20W   Yelena Lashmanova (Russia)   Olga Kaniskina (Russia)   Hong Liu (China)
4 x 100   United States   Jamaica   Ukraine
4 x 400   United States   Russia   Jamaica
HJ   Anna Chicherova (Russia)   Blanka Vlašić (Croatia)   Svetlana Shkolina (Russia)
PV   Jenn Suhr (USA)   Yelena Isinbaeva (Russia)   Yarisley Silva (Cuba)
LJ   Brittney Reese (USA)   Yelena Sokolova (Russia)   Darya Klishina (Russia)
TJ   Olha Saladuha (Ukraine)   Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan)   Caterina Ibargüen (Colombia)
SP   Valerie Adams (New Zealand)   Lijiao Gong (China)   Yevgeniya Kolodko (Russia)
DT   Sandra Perković (Croatia)   Yarelis Barrios (Cuba)   Nadine Müller (Germany)
HT   Betty Heidler (Germany)   Tatyana Lysenko (Russia)   Anita Włodarczyk (Poland)
JT   Sunette Viljoen (South Africa)   Mariya Abakumova (Russia)   Christina Obergföll (Germany)
Hept   Jessica Ennis (Great Britain)   Tatyana Chernova (Russia)   Kristina Savitskaya (Russia)
© Track & Field News, 2013



100   Usain Bolt (Jamaica)   Yohan Blake (Jamaica)   Mike Rodgers (USA)
200   Usain Bolt (Jamaica)   Yohan Blake (Jamaica)   Jason Young (Jamaica)
400   Kirani James (Grenada)   Tony McQuay (USA)   Luguelín Santos (Dominican Republic)
800   David Rudisha (Kenya)   Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia)   Nijel Amos (Botswana)
1500   Asbel Kiprop (Kenya)   Silas Kiplagat (Kenya)   Matthew Centrowitz (USA)
St   Brimin Kipruto (Kenya)   Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya)   Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (France)
5000   Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia)   Mo Farah (GBR)   Isiah Koech (Kenya)
10,000   Ibrahim Jeylan (Ethiopia)   Mo Farah (GBR)   Galen Rupp (USA)
110H   Aries Merritt (USA)   Jason Richardson (USA)   Sergey Shubenkov (Russia)
400H   Javier Culson (Puerto Rico)   Jehue Gordon (Trinidad)   Omas Cisneros (Cuba)
Mar   Yemane Tsegay (Ethiopia)   Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)   Wilson Kipsang (Kenya)
20W   Valeriy Borchin (Russia)   Zhen Wang (China)   Ding Chen (China)
50W   Tianfeng Si (China)   Sergey Kirdyapkin (Russia)   Robert Heffernan (Ireland)
4 x 100   Jamaica   United States   GBR
4 x 400   United States   Bahamas   Jamaica
HJ   Ivan Ukhov (Russia)   Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar)   Derek Drouin (Canada)
PV   Renaud Lavillenie (France)   Björn Otto (Germany)   Malte Mohr (Germany)
LJ   Mitchell Watt (Australia)   Aleksandr Menkov (Russia)   Marquis Dendy (USA)
TJ   Christian Taylor (USA)   Will Claye (USA)   Daniele Greco (Italy)
SP   David Storl (Germany)   Ryan Whiting (USA)   Tomasz Majewski (Poland)
DT   Robert Harting (Germany)   Ehsan Hadadi (Iran)   Piotr Małachowski (Poland)
HT   Paweł Fajdek (Poland)   Krisztian Pars (Hungary)   Sergey Litvinov (Russia)
JT   Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway)   Antti Ruuskanen (Finland)   Vítězslav Veselý (Czech Republic)
Dec   Ashton Eaton (USA)   Trey Hardee (USA)   Pascal Behrenbruch (Germany)
© Track & Field News, 2013

What about Track & Field / Stephen Newbold
« on: March 23, 2013, 12:44:20 PM »
Stephen Newbold was arrested for discharging a weapon at someone and running from police. Whether the charges are warranted or are just allegations.. This is very serious. If it is true, he might have just thrown his track career away. I believe his charges can get him a good 5-10 years in the state of Florida. Plus deportation after. Looks like no Carifta for Newbold.

Mance (USA 4x400) was also arrested.


What about Track & Field / 2013 Outdoor season results
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:19:45 AM »
The outdoor season has started for NCAA. The International begins April 1st.

Wayne Davis began the season with a 13.54 in the 110mh. Decent time to begin the season.

What about Track & Field / Trinidad and Tobago Relay Carnival
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:13:52 AM »

Not sure why Wariner is headlining this article. Nothing against him. Would rather see a Trinbagonian headlining it.. Anyways, I hope this event is successful. Could end up being a prelude to Trinidad getting a circuit meet.

What about Track & Field / 2013 Indoor season results
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:43:57 PM »
Lendore opened with a meet record. Congrats

 Texas A&M Triangular - 1/19/2013                       
                            Texas A&M University                             
                          McFerrin Athletic Center                           
        Meet: M 46.03  2010        Demetrius Pinder, Texas A&M               
    Facility: F 45.33  3/12/2011   Demetrius Pinder, Texas A&M               
   Texas A&M: # 45.33  2011        Demetrius Pinder                         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points     
  1 Deon Lendore              SO Texas A&M                45.91M   7        
  2 Caleb Williams            SR LSU                      46.98    5         
  3 Aldrich Bailey, Jr.       FR Texas A&M                47.28    4         
  4 Carlyle Roudette          JR Texas A&M                47.38             
  5 Eric Janise               FR Arkansas                 47.64    3         
  6 Darrell Bush              FR LSU                      47.66    2         
  7 Cyril Grayson             FR LSU                      47.89             
  8 Marek Niit                SR Arkansas                 48.11    1         
  9 Travis Southard           JR Arkansas                 48.24             

Football / 98 Reggae Boyz vs 06 Soca Warriors
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:03:41 AM »
Was chilling with meh yardie brethrens last night. Of course this came up. Which was the better team. The 98 Reggae Boyz? or the 06 Soca Warriors? Maybe this has already been discussed.. If so forward me a link

What about Track & Field / Walcott cops IAAF male rising star award
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:52:54 AM »

Keshorn Walcott sprung one of the biggest surprises of the London Olympics when he took gold for Trinidad and Tobago in the javelin in August and the 19-year-old says it has changed his life "in a huge way".
Crowned junior world champion in Barcelona less than a month earlier, Walcott won gold with a personal best of 84.58 metres to become the youngest winner of an Olympic javelin title.
"First of all I can't walk the road normal," Walcott said at a news conference at the IAAF centenary celebrations in Barcelona, where he was named male rising star of the year, yesterday.
"When I got back home the country was in a mess, there were people all over the place, there was a big celebration for my victory so I was proud of myself and I was proud of the people and I know the people were proud of me," he added.
"My life has changed because now I know there's a lot of expectations on my shoulders.
"I have to work hard and do everything a little bit more, it's a bit of pressure."
Walcott's success in London in an event not traditionally associated with the Caribbean islands would hopefully inspire more young people to take up javelin and other throwing disciplines, he added.
"Hopefully there will be more field athletes coming out of the Caribbean and we've already seen an improvement," Walcott, wearing a t-shirt with the badge of his favourite soccer club Barcelona, told reporters.
"I always expected to get a medal but I wasn't expecting it so soon.
"I hope I am not going to be an exception and it opens the door to others."
Walcott's immediate priority is now to prepare well for the 2013 season, when he will be bidding to add the senior world title in Moscow in August to his curriculum.
"First of all it's important to be healthy going into next season and I'm going to work towards the world championships in Russia."

I am surprised that he won this award. Certainly deserves it. Keep being a trailblazer Keshorn.

Olympic Discussion / 20 Performances of the Olympics...
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:42:02 PM »
All Athletics posted the top 20 athletic performances of the 2012 London Olympics. I agree with almost everything that is on the list... Yes you guessed it Keshorn Walcott's gold medal winning performance was not included.

Looking at the list, its easy to say "they did not have to include Keshorn.. he did not achieve a record performance like the other athletes did...". Before you say that remember a few things:

-Keshorn was/is just a junior
-Keshorn comes from a country that has very little history and success in the javelin competition
-Keshorn was perhaps in the top 5 of throwers who are underfunded the most (no sponsors, but a javelin
 to practice with from the government)
-The conditions were not ideal for seeing a javelin record.. in fact it was very windy
-Despite the conditions, Keshorn threw a personal best while almost all of the throwers did not throw a
 personal best

Take in all of these factors, and it is hard to exclude Keshorn from being on that top 20 list. We should be wise of enough to know that the sports media hegemony is already beginning to treat this accomplishment by Keshorn as a fluke, or a mistake. Check out some of the stories. The majority of them are written in a way that is intended to have you thinking that it was by chance or fluke or luck that Keshorn won the gold medal.

I dont know. This lack of recognition in the wider global sporting press seems like racism to me. Seems like these sports writers/journalists are comfortable with keeping the javelin a "white mans" event as opposed to an event for all of humanity.


What about Track & Field / Today... Aug 10 2012
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:27:42 PM »
Tomorrow is one of the biggest days for T&T sports. This reminds me of the night before the Bahrain game. I hope we perform well and get our Independence day medals..Similar to Jamaica.

Tomorrow Trinis and descendants of will be tuning in to the games to see if we get our 50th Independence medals. Tomorrow we will make history.

Congrats to the athletes!

What about Track & Field / A lot of parallels
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:38:30 AM »
Some interesting parallels...

2008-Darrel Bown considered to be the #1 100m sprinter for TT
2008-Darrel Brown injured ... Not available for the relays
2008- Richard Thompson .. Not considered a medal contender.. Wins silver
2008- Richard Thompson leads 4x100 team to Olympic medal in that event
2008- Richard Thompson 23

2012-Renny Quow considered to be the #1 400m sprinter for TT
2012 Renny Quow injured.. Not available for the relays
2012-Lalonde Gordon.. Not considered a medal contender in the 400m. Wins bronze
2012- Lalonde Gordon leads 4x400 team to Olympic medal in that event
2012- Lalonde Gordon 23

I hope this pattern does lead to a medal in the 4x400.

What about Track & Field / London Grand Prix
« on: July 09, 2012, 04:17:17 PM »

I love it how these IAAF Journalists always looks past Trini athletes. Bledman is currently in the top 5 right now. Whoever wrote the article either does not know this or left Bledman out because he is not considered a contender for this event at the Grand Prix.

I was listening to sports talk on G radio in Toronto. A guy called in and was speaking about this same thing. Why is it that Trini athletes never get coverage or recognition? Maybe I am wrong.. But does anyone else see this happening?

I think the only thing we can do is prove them wrong. So good luck to our athletes!

What about Track & Field / Serrette on Jamaica performance
« on: May 08, 2012, 05:07:15 PM »

Serrette on Jamaica performances: Great things to come
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Clayton Clarke

NAAA president Ephraime Serrette is happy with the performances of T&T’s athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational meet on Saturday night. World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste led the way with an amazing 10.86 seconds  taking second place in the women’s 100m. Cleopatra Borel (18.69 women’s shot put), Jehue Gordon (48.98 men’s 400m hurdles), Renny Quow (45.48 men’s 400m) and Ayanna Alexander (13.69 women’s triple jump) also finished second in their events. “The athletes who participated all gave a good account of themselves. With these kind of performances, we can only look forward to greater things later in the season leading up to the Olympics,” Serrette commented.
Serrette also praised the relay teams who competed at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA one week earlier,
“Based on the athletes available for the meet, I was happy with the performances of the teams, especially the men 4x400 team which comprised two junior athletes and producing a 3:04 (to finish sixth). That was good. With the likes of Deon Lendore, Renny Quow, Ade Alleyne Forte and Zwede Hewitt we should have a good team.” The president added that Semoy Hackett and Kai Selvon were able to compete for their universities as well as the national women’s 4x100m, which finished fourth in 44.07, after the NAAA spoke with their coaches.
“We had discussions with both coaches indicating the importance for the female team to re-establish times to get into the top 16.” Serrette added both Baptiste and Quow indicated unavailability for the meet very early. The former national sprinter said that the NAAA has plans for the teams to compete in other relay meets. “The Penn Relays was the first of many relays which we have scheduled for our teams. We are now preparing for teams to compete at meets in Venezuela, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Bahamas,” he said.

It is interesting to hear that many are predicting TRI to have a "good showing" at the Olympics this year. I dont know what will be considered as a "good showing". If we look at past performances, T&T has never won more than 3 medals in Track and Field at an Olympics. So I guess winning about 4-5 medals will be considered as a "good enough showing".

Do you think we can win 4-5 medals in London this year? For some like JAM there are some events that medals are guaranteed, such as : 100m men &women , 200m men & women, 400m women, 100mh women, 400mh women, 4x100 men &women, 4x400 men & women.

If all go well for JAM they will leave with around 9-14 medals. I think 5-7 medals is not out of reach for TRI. But I think there are only around 3 (maybe 4) medals that are almost guaranteed .. 100m women, 4x100 men & women.

I think the 4x400 team also has a reasonable chance of getting a medal. Quow looks as if he is getting into form, and I think Lendore will run an A qualifier or low 45 by the time the Olympics starts. Hewitt, Gordon, Solomon are also on their way to getting that A qualifier. So if all goes well, a medal in the 4x400 can be attainable.

Hard to give a concise answer, but I predict 3-5 medals for T&T in London. 3 are what we can call guaranteed, with the other 2 being reachable. 

What about Track & Field / Relay ranking for London
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:41:38 PM »
Our mens 4x100m and 4x400m have some work to do.


4x100m  MEN
MF          1st performance          2nd performance
1 JAM 75.11 37.56 37.04 WC 38.07 WC
2 USA 75.69 37.85 37.79 WC 37.90 Lignano
3 FRA 76.58 38.29 38.20 WC 38.38 WC
4 GBR 76.64 38.32 38.29 WC 38.35 WK
5 TRI 76.80 38.40 37.91 WC 38.89 CAC
6 POL 76.87 38.44 38.37 WC 38.50 WC
7 BRA 76.95 38.48 38.18 PAG 38.77 Caixa
8 SKT 76.96 38.48 38.47 WC 38.49 WC
9 ITA 77.30 38.65 38.41 WC 38.89 GGala
10 JPN 77.44 38.72 38.66 WC 38.78 Kawasaki
11 GER 77.58 38.79 38.66 Regensburg 38.92 ETC
12 CAN 77.78 38.89 38.65 GGala 39.13 Genève
13 GHA 77.88 38.94 38.93 Ghana GP 38.95 AfG
14 RSA 77.97 38.99 38.72 WC 39.25 WUG
15 KOR 77.98 38.99 38.94 WC 39.04 Asian GP
16 CHN 78.02 39.01 38.87 WC 39.15 AsC
17 AUS 78.22 39.11 38.69 WC 39.53 Kawasaki
18 RUS 78.31 39.16 39.09 ETC 39.22 Stockholm
19 NED 78.39 39.20 39.09 Lignano 39.30 ETC
20 HKG 78.50 39.25 39.24 Asian GP 39.26 AsC

4x400m  MEN
MF          1st performance          2nd performance
1 USA 5:57.93 2:58.97 2:58.62 WC 2:59.31 WC
2 RSA 5:59.08 2:59.54 2:59.21 WC 2:59.87 WC
3 JAM 5:59.23 2:59.61 2:59.13 WC 3:00.10 WC
4 RUS 6:01.03 3:00.51 3:00.22 WC 3:00.81 WC
5 BEL 6:01.12 3:00.56 3:00.41 WC 3:00.71 WC
6 GBR 6:01.54 3:00.77 3:00.38 WC 3:01.16 WC
7 GER 6:02.05 3:01.03 3:00.68 WC 3:01.37 WC
8 KEN 6:02.12 3:01.06 3:00.97 WC 3:01.15 WC
9 BAH 6:02.87 3:01.44 3:01.33 CAC 3:01.54 WC
10 CUB 6:03.76 3:01.88 2:59.43 PAG 3:04.33 PAG
11 TRI 6:04.12 3:02.06 3:01.65 CAC 3:02.47 WC
12 DOM 6:04.54 3:02.27 3:00.44 PAG 3:04.10 CAC
13 POL 6:05.46 3:02.73 3:01.84 WC 3:03.62 ECu23
14 VEN 6:05.49 3:02.75 3:00.82 PAG 3:04.67 PAG
15 FRA 6:07.01 3:03.50 3:03.33 ETC 3:03.68 WC
16 JPN 6:07.36 3:03.68 3:02.64 WC 3:04.72 AsC
17 AUS 6:07.40 3:03.70 3:01.56 WC 3:05.84 Brisbane Clas.
18 GRN 6:08.96 3:04.48 3:04.27 CAC 3:04.69 PennR
19 NGR 6:10.25 3:05.12 3:04.99 Calabar 3:05.26 AfG
20 BOT 6:10.31 3:05.15 3:04.39 Heusden-Z. 3:05.92 AfG

4x100m  WOMEN
MF          1st performance          2nd performance
1 USA 83.50 41.75 41.56 WC 41.94 WC
2 JAM 83.93 41.97 41.70 WC 42.23 WC
3 TRI 85.08 42.54 42.50 WC 42.58 WC
4 UKR 85.14 42.57 42.51 WC 42.63 WC
5 FRA 85.30 42.65 42.60 WC 42.70 WC
6 NGR 85.67 42.84 42.74 WC 42.93 WC
7 RUS 85.71 42.86 42.78 WC 42.93 WC
8 BRA 85.80 42.90 42.85 PAG 42.95 WC
9 GER 86.68 43.34 43.33 Weinheim 43.35 Lausanne
10 COL 86.97 43.49 43.44 PAG 43.53 WC
11 JPN 87.04 43.52 43.39 Kawasaki 43.65 Asian GP
12 NED 87.34 43.67 43.44 WC 43.90 ETC
13 GBR 87.35 43.68 43.50 ETC 43.85 Résisprint
14 AUS 87.48 43.74 43.69 Kawasaki 43.79 WC
15 POL 87.65 43.83 43.77 ETC 43.88 Kusoc
16 CHN 87.91 43.96 43.90 Asian GP 44.01 Asian GP
17 SUI 87.94 43.97 43.90 Lausanne 44.04 WC
18 BLR 88.05 44.03 43.67 ETC 44.38 WC
19 BEL 88.14 44.07 44.00 Aviva 44.14 Mannheim
20 THA 88.47 44.24 44.13 WUG 44.34 WUG

4x400m  WOMEN
MF          1st performance          2nd performance
1 RUS 6:40.30 3:20.15 3:19.36 WC 3:20.94 WC
2 JAM 6:40.72 3:20.36 3:18.71 WC 3:22.01 WC
3 USA 6:41.01 3:20.50 3:18.09 WC 3:22.92 PennR
4 GBR 6:46.68 3:23.34 3:23.05 WC 3:23.63 WC
5 UKR 6:47.99 3:24.00 3:23.86 WC 3:24.13 WC
6 BLR 6:49.92 3:24.96 3:24.28 WC 3:25.64 WC
7 CZE 6:52.58 3:26.29 3:26.01 WC 3:26.57 WC
8 CUB 6:54.83 3:27.41 3:26.74 WC 3:28.09 PAG
9 NGR 6:55.41 3:27.71 3:25.59 WC 3:29.82 WC
10 GER 6:56.20 3:28.10 3:27.31 WC 3:28.89 ETC
11 ITA 6:56.59 3:28.30 3:26.48 WC 3:30.11 ETC
12 IRL 6:58.73 3:29.37 3:27.48 WC 3:31.25 ETC
13 FRA 6:59.15 3:29.57 3:28.02 WC 3:31.13 ETC
14 TUR 6:59.54 3:29.77 3:29.40 ETC 3:30.14 WUG
15 BRA 7:00.18 3:30.09 3:29.59 PAG 3:30.59 Caixa
16 CAN 7:01.28 3:30.64 3:27.92 WC 3:33.36 PennR
17 COL 7:02.78 3:31.39 3:29.94 PAG 3:32.84 Caixa
18 BEL 7:05.58 3:32.79 3:31.49 Gent 3:34.09 ETC
19 AUS 7:06.39 3:33.19 3:32.27 WC 3:34.12 Brisbane Clas.
20 ROU 7:10.72 3:35.36 3:33.96 ETC 3:36.76 ECu23

Surprised we cant put together a good 4x400 womens team. Anyone know if we will be pursuing a 4x400 womens team? I could only think of two possible participants for the team: Josanne Lucas and Janelle Bellile

What about Track & Field / 100m vs 400m
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:59:05 PM »
With the result yesterday and the recent form of the T&T 1/4 milers in NCAA. This begs the question, which race will be the one to watch (most competitive) at national trials. Currently, I think the 400m is shaping up to be the one to watch. Quow might still reign supreme, but Lendore, Gordon, Solomon, Hewitt, Alleyne-Forte and phenom Cedenio will be gunning for glory. Expect some good times at the nationals.

I think if we get another sub 45 runner, we stand a good chance of being medal contenders in the 4x400 in London.

What about Track & Field / Medal Predictor
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:01:40 PM »
This article predicts Trinidad to win 1 medal at the Olympics. Predicts Jamaica to win 14. Certainly down plays Trinidad to a degree.


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