Keston Bledman stands in awe of his 9.86 seconds clocking in the 2012 National Championship men's 100 metres final, in Port of Spain (Robert Taylor/Trinidad Express) © Copyright
At the halfway mark, "Blazing Bledman" was in charge, motoring to the line for a commanding victory in the NAAA Sagicor/NGC National Open Track and Field Championship men’s 100 metres final.
Richard "Torpedo" Thompson did not achieve his beaver-trick goal, but had the satisfaction of getting home in an impressive 9.96 seconds to seize silver.
Rondel Sorrillo clocked a new personal record (PR), 10.03, to claim bronze, ahead of Marc Burns (10.06), Emmanuel Callender (10.12), Jamol James (10.17), Darrel Brown (10.27) and Aaron Armstrong (10.51).
Bledman had sounded a warning ahead of the final with a speedy victory in the second semifinal, clocking 10.04 seconds to beat Sorrillo (10.11) into second spot.
After the championship race, Bledman told the Sunday Express he is extremely satisfied with his performance.
"I’m just thanking the Lord for coming out injury free. I’m very, very, very happy with the time. My fans came so I had to give them a show."
"No disrespect to (Usain) Bolt, (Yohan) Blake, my training Tyson Gay, but when I go to the Olympics, I’m going to win. I ain’t going there to play around. I have at least 9.7 in me."
Bledman is now joint-second on the all-time Trinidad and Tobago performance list, with quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon. Thompson is in the number one spot with his 9.85 seconds national record.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste whipped the T&T young brigade in the women's 100m final. The World Championship bronze medallist separated herself from the field early in the race, and by the halfway stage was in full control. Baptiste went on to win in 10.98 seconds, finishing well ahead of Semoy Hackett, the silver medallist in 11.14, Kai Selvon (11.24) and Michelle-Lee Ahye (11.29).
A strong finish from Lalonde Gordon earned the 23-year-old athlete gold in the men's 400m. Gordon clocked 45.40 seconds to grab the title from Renny Quow, the 2011 champion finishing second in 45.60. Third spot went to 19-year-old Deon Lendore (45.74).
Jarrin Solomon (45.88) copped fourth spot, and 17-year-old Machel Cedenio finished fifth in a personal best 46.02 seconds - a new national youth (under-18) record.
Lendore, in lane three, made the early running in the one-lap final, quickly making up the stagger on Quow, in four. But Quow stepped up a gear in the second half of the race, catching Lendore about 60 metres from home.
Gordon, though, was strongest in the dying stages, surging past the pair and thrusting an arm in the air to celebrate his first national title.
Sparkle McKnight produced a superb run in the women’s 400m final, winning in a Championship record 52.44 seconds, from Shawna Fermin (53.39) and Alena Brooks (54.27).
On Sunday (24), Quow, Gordon, Solomon and Lendore combined to break a 20-year-old Trinidad and Tobago record.
The T&T quartet stopped the clock at three minutes, 00.45 seconds to erase the 3:01.05 men’s 4x400 metres standard, established by Patrick Delice, Alvin Daniel, Neil De Silva and Ian Morris way back in 1992.
The 3:00.45 clocking earned T&T a huge victory in the men’s mile relay, the final event at the Championships. Venezuela finished a distant second in 3:04.05.
The T&T junior team - Asa Guevara, Brandon Benjamin, Theon Lewis and Machel Cedenio - also impressed, picking up bronze in 3:05.95.
Sorrillo dominated his rivals in the men's 200m final, holding on to his title with a 20.48 seconds run.
Callender led coming off the turn, but Sorrillo was superb on the straight, surging past the leader and romping to victory. Gordon, the new 400m champion, was also strong on the straight, moving past Callender to claim silver in 20.77. Callender was forced to settle for bronze in 20.90.
After the race, Sorrillo said he expects to run a lot faster at the London Olympics.
"My hope is to be top four. I know I have a lot more in me. It’s just to put it out at the right time and run a technically correct race."
Selvon retained her women's 200m title. The 20-year-old sprinter just got the better of Hackett in a battle royale in front of an appreciative main stand crowd.
Running into a 1.9 metres per second headwind on the straight, Selvon and Hackett tried desperately to gain an advantage on the other. Selvon eventually earned the edge, outleaning Hackett for victory in 22.96 seconds. Hackett clocked 22.98 to seize silver, while bronze went to Reyare Thomas (23.36).
Nineteen-year-old Keshorn Walcott topped the men's Javelin field with a big 75.00 metres throw - a new Championship record.
Cleopatra Borel put 17.98m for gold in the women's Shot. Quincy Wilson retained his men's discus title with a 56.25m effort.
Chris Hercules won his eighth straight men's Triple Jump title with a 16.17m jump.
Kwame Laurence (Trinidad Express) for the IAAF
DAY 1 RESULTS
Men's 100m (wind: +1.4)
1 Keston Bledman (Simplex) 9.86
2 Richard Thompson (Rebirth) 9.96
3 Rondel Sorrillo (La Brea Athletics) 10.03
Women's 100m (wind: +0.6)
1 Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Zenith) 10.98
2 Semoy Hackett (Zenith) 11.14
3 Kai Selvon (Air Bon Sonics) 11.24
Men's 100m "B" race (wind: +0.9)
1 Shermund Allsop (Concorde) 10.29
2 Jason Rogers (St Kitts & Nevis) 10.41
3 Moriba Morain (Simplex) 10.45
Women's 100m "B" race (wind: +0.5)
1 Virgil Hodge (St Kitts & Nevis) 11.46
2 Janelle Redhead (Grenada) 11.55
3 Shun-Shauna Mason (Concorde) 11.62
1 Lalonde Gordon (Tigers) 45.40
2 Renny Quow (Zenith) 45.60
3 Deon Lendore (Abilene) 45.74
1 Sparkle McKnight (Neon Trackers) 52.44 CR
2 Shauna Fermin (Memphis) 53.39
3 Alena Brooks (Memphis) 54.27
Men's 400m "B" race
1 Bralon Taplin (Grenada) 46.37
2 Winston George (Guyana) 46.51
3 Omar Longart (Venezuela) 46.63
Women's 400m "B" race
1 Kanika Beckles (Grenada) 53.13
2 Kineke Alexander (St Vincent) 53.26
3 Neisa Allen (Guyana) 55.46
1 Gavyn Nero (Memphis) 3:55.16
2 Cleveland Thomas (Health Olympians) 3:56.14
3 Matthew Hagley (Defence Force) 3:56.78
1 Pilar McShine (unattached) 4:24.91
2 Dawnel Collymore (Memphis) 4:53.86
Men’s 3,000m steeplechase
1 Carl Stones (USA) 8:51.30
2 Adrie Dannemiller (USA) 8:54.27
3 Loren Ahonen (USA) 8:59.26
Women's 100m hurdles (wind: +1.1)
1 Josanne Lucas (Tobago Falcons) 13.07 =CR
2 Aleesha Barber (Rebirth) 13.30
Men's 110m hurdles (wind: +1.0)
1 Wayne Davis II (unattached) 13.62
2 Durell Busby (Jaguars Tobago) 13.81
3 Mikel Thomas (Rebirth) 13.99
Women's high jump
1 Jeanelle Ovid (QRC) 1.65m
2 Deandra Daniel (Dovers) 1.65m
Men's long jump
1 Kyron Blaise (Toco TAFAC) 7.63m (wind: +1.4)
2 Leon Hunt (US Virgin Islands) 7.53m (wind: +1.1)
3 Georni Jaramillo (Venezuela) 7.44m (wind: +0.9)
Women’s triple jump
1 Ayanna Alexander (unattached) 14.04m (wind: -0.3) CR
2 Carisa Leacock (QRC) 12.18m (wind: +1.3)
Men's shot put
1 Akeem Stewart (Tobago Falcons) 16.95m
2 Hezekiel Romeo (Memphis) 16.72m
3 Kesean Phillips (UWI) 15.96m
1 Annie Alexander (Burnley) 56.54m CR
2 Hilenn James (George Clarke Striders) 53.50m
3 Ashlee Smith (D’Abadie) 48.02m
Men's hammer throw
1 Sukraj Roodal (Humming Bird) 14.48m
Women's hammer throw
1 Ashlee Smith (D’Abadie) 45.48m
2 Sandra Greenidge (Eastonians) 15.14m
1 Geraldine George (Petrotrin Palo Seco) 40.62m
2 Gwendolyn Smith (Petrotrin Palo Seco) 38.32m
3 Akidah Briggs (Toco TAFAC) 36.00m
DAY 2 RESULTS
Men's 200m (wind: -1.1)
1 Rondel Sorrillo (La Brea Athletics) 20.48
2 Lalonde Gordon (Tigers) 20.77
3 Emmanuel Callender (Memphis) 20.90
Women's 200m (wind: -1.9)
1 Kai Selvon (Air Bon Sonics) 22.96
2 Semoy Hackett (Zenith) 22.98
3 Reyare Thomas (Neon Trackers) 23.36
Men's 200m "B" race (wind: -2.0)
1 Lestrod Roland (St Kitts & Nevis) 21.31
2 Joel Redhead (Grenada) 21.49
3 Dan-Neil Telesford (Neon Trackers) 21.61
Women's 200m "B" race (wind: -1.0)
1 Janelle Redhead (Grenada) 23.87
2 Sherine Wells (Grenada) 24.02
3 Alisha Fortune (Guyana) 24.60
1 Aaron Evans (Bermuda) 1:46.69
2 Jamaal James (Quantum) 1:47.25
3 Mark London (Zenith) 1:50.54
1 Melissa De Leon (unattached) 2:07.35
2 Dawnel Collymore (Memphis) 2:20.99
3 Kervelle Baird (Petrotrin Palo Seco) 2:30.39
1 Carl Stones (USA) 14:40.06
2 Adrie Dannemiller (USA) 14:40.29
3 Loren Ahonen (USA) 14:41.28
Men's 400m hurdles
1 Emanuel Mayers (Rebirth) 50.66
2 Leslie Murray (US Virgin Islands) 51.54
3 Brandon Benjamin (Memphis) 52.13
Women's 400m hurdles
1 Janeil Bellille (Neon Trackers) 56.31 CR
2 Josanne Lucas (Tobago Falcons) 56.39
3 La Toya Griffith (Barbados) 57.27
Men's high jump
1 Brendan Williams (Dominica) 2.25m CR
2 Rodney Liverpool (Defence Force) 1.95m
3 Kevin Roberts (Point Fortin New Jets) 1.85m
Women's long jump
1 Arantxa King (Bermuda) 6.40m (wind: +2.5)
2 Ayanna Alexander (unattached) 6.28m (wind: +1.3)
3 Carisa Leacock (QRC) 6.06m (wind: +1.5)
Men's triple jump
1 Chris Hercules (Memphis) 16.17m (wind: -1.2)
2 Kyron Blaise (Toco TAFAC) 15.94m (wind: -0.8)
3 Yordanis Duranona Garcia (Dominica) 15.89m (wind: -1.5)
Women's shot put
1 Cleopatra Borel (unattached) 17.98m
2 Annie Alexander (Burnley) 16.79m
3 Hilenn James (George Clarke Striders) 15.78m
1 Quincy Wilson (Rebirth) 56.25m
2 Kesean Phillips (UWI) 43.02m
3 Keon Francis (UWI) 42.73m
1 Keshorn Walcott (Rebirth) 75.00m CR
2 Shakiel Waithe (Zenith) 51.46m
3 Precious George (Warriors) 51.24m
1 Ayana Glasgow (Toco TAFAC) 3,814 points
2 Kechelle Douglas (Toco TAFAC) 3,798 points
1 St Kitts & Nevis (Delwayne Delaney, Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence) 39.06
2 Venezuela (Jermain Chirinos, Arturo Ramirez, Diego Rivas, Jose Acevedo) 39.82
3 Trinidad & Tobago Junior (Jesse Berkley, Jonathan Holder, Jereem Richards, Ashron Sobers) 40.18
1 Trinidad & Tobago (Shun-Shauna Mason, Reyare Thomas, Ayanna Hutchinson, Magnolia Howell) 44.63
2 Grenada (Sherine Wells, Janelle Redhead, Kanika Beckles, Trish Bartholomew) 44.72
3 Trinidad & Tobago Youth (Aaliyah Telesford, Kayelle Clarke, Tsai-Anne Joseph, Zakiya Denoon) 46.17
1 Trinidad & Tobago (Renny Quow, Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Deon Lendore) 3:00.45 NR
2 Venezuela (Freddy Mesones, Alberto Aguilar, Jose Melendez, Omar Longart) 3:04.05
3 Trinidad & Tobago Juniors (Asa Guevara, Brandon Benjamin, Theon Lewis, Machel Cedenio) 3:05.95
NR - National Record
CR – Championship Record