Keston Bledman

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Trinidad And Tobago Trinidad And Tobago
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    08 MAR 1988
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Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 9.86 +1.1 Port of Spain (H. Crawford) 27 JUN 2015
100 Metres 9.86 +1.4 Port of Spain 23 JUN 2012
200 Metres 20.73 -0.7 Lappeenranta 03 AUG 2008

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
55 Metres 6.18 New York (Armory), NY 11 FEB 2012
60 Metres 6.62 New York (Armory), NY 11 FEB 2012

Progression - Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 10.07 +2.0 Montverde, FL 11 JUN
2015 9.86 +1.1 Port of Spain (H. Crawford) 27 JUN
2014 10.00 +1.7 Port of Spain 21 JUN
2013 10.02 -0.3 Moskva (Luzhniki) 10 AUG
2012 9.86 +1.4 Port of Spain 23 JUN
2011 9.93 +1.0 Clermont, FL 04 JUN
2010 10.01 +1.4 New York City (Icahn), NY 12 JUN
2009 10.10 +0.5 Port of Spain 20 JUN
2008 10.18 +0.8 Port of Spain 21 JUN
2007 10.14 +1.9 Port of Spain 23 JUN
2006 10.32 +2.0 Uniondale (Mitchel AC), NY 11 JUN
2005 10.48 +0.8 Marrakech (Sidi Youssef Ben Ali) 13 JUL

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 20.91 -0.8 Ponce 14 MAY
2008 20.73 -0.7 Lappeenranta 03 AUG
2006 25.57 -0.6 Beijing (Chaoyang Sport Center) 17 AUG
2005 21.43 Port of Spain 19 JUN

Progression - Indoor

55 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 6.18 New York (Armory), NY 11 FEB

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 6.67 Baton Rouge, LA 21 FEB
2012 6.62 New York (Armory), NY 11 FEB

Honours - 100 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXXI Olympic Games 5h5 10.20 +0.2 Rio de Janeiro (Estádio Olímpico) 13 AUG 2016
15th IAAF World Championships 8h3 10.75 -0.3 Beijing (National Stadium) 22 AUG 2015
14th IAAF World Championships 3sf3 10.08 +0.1 Moskva (Luzhniki) 11 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 4sf1 10.04 +0.7 London (Olympic Stadium) 05 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5sf1 10.14 -0.4 Daegu (DS) 28 AUG 2011
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6qf2 10.33 -0.5 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 25 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Junior Championships 7 10.47 -0.5 Beijing (Chaoyang Sport Center) 16 AUG 2006
4th IAAF World Youth Championships 3 10.55 +0.8 Marrakech (Sidi Youssef Ben Ali) 14 JUL 2005

Honours - 200 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Junior Championships 8h8 25.57 -0.6 Beijing (Chaoyang Sport Center) 17 AUG 2006


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Updated 02 August 2012

Keston BLEDMAN, Trinidad and Tobago   (100m/200m/4x100m)

Born: 08 March 1988, San Fernando, Trinidad

Lives: Claxton Bay, Trinidad & Clermont, Florida, USA

1.78m/88kg

Coach: Gunness Persad, Lance Brauman

Manager: Chris Layne

Keston Bledman is an Olympic silver medallist, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter having performed leadoff leg duties in the men’s 4x100 metres relay at the 2008 Beijing Games.

He describes the second-place finish as his “biggest achievement to date”.

Bledman added Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championship men’s 100 metres gold to his medal collection, at the 2011 edition of the meet, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Earlier in the 2011 season, he had joined the sub-10 club, clocking 9.93 seconds at the National Training Centre Sprint Series meet, in Florida, USA.

“It’s a great feeling, as this was one of my goals growing up in track and field.”

In his build-up to the London Olympics, Bledman has produced three more legal sub-10 runs: 9.89 seconds in Florida, USA on May 26, 2012; 9.93 at the adidas Grand Prix in New York two weeks later; and 9.86 in Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 24, the personal best clocking earning him gold at the 2012 National Open Championships.

The 24-year-old sprinter is now joint-second, with quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon, on the all-time T&T performance list, just behind double Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson (9.85).

Had Bledman not had a burning desire to see his mother, Visca Bledman, he might not have been a sub-10 sprinter, an Olympic medallist or a CAC champion.

“She moved to the United States of America when I was five years old. Up to the time that I started running track I did not have a US visa, and I realised that the only way to get to see my mother was if I continued to run well and make national teams.”

That desire to reconnect with his mother has resulted in a successful track career.

“My current coach, Mr. Gunness Persad recruited me into his club, Simplex, after he saw me running at a sports day for Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive, and I never looked back since.”

In his very first international outing, Bledman earned precious metal, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter bagging bronze at the 2005 World Youth Championships, in Marrakech, Morocco.

In 2006, Bledman enjoyed a successful campaign on the regional junior circuit, earning silver at both the Carifta Games and the CAC Junior Championships.

At the Carifta meet, in Guadeloupe, Bledman finished second to Jamaica’s Remaldo Rose in the boys’ under-20 100 metres final. And running in front of his home crowd, at CAC Juniors, Bledman was beaten to the line in the century by another Jamaican, Yohan Blake.

At the World Junior Championships, in Beijing, China, Bledman finished seventh in the final. Blake and Rose were third and fourth, respectively.

In April 2007, Bledman saw Blake’s back once again, finishing second to the Jamaican in the Carifta Games boys’ under-20 100 metres final, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

But three months later, Bledman enjoyed the last laugh. Competing in his final under-20 meet, the Pan American Junior Championships, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bledman struck gold, forcing Blake to settle for silver.

In 2008, Bledman got his first taste of Olympic glory. But climbing the podium in Beijing was a bitter-sweet occasion.

“The passing of my grandmother (Averne Joseph) just before the Olympic Games (was my biggest disappointment). She always told me that one day I would win an Olympic medal, and it was disappointing that she was not present to see me receive my medal.”

Bledman is a family-focused young man. In fact, he says his biggest interest outside of track and field is “being with family, loved ones and close friends”.

Bledman appreciates the encouragement he got early in his career from his mother and grandmother, as well as his father Kenny Bledman and sister Racine Bledman.

His parents continue to be a great source of inspiration.  

“They always support me no matter the outcome of the race, and they continue to push me to become a better athlete.”

Bledman is also motivated by the expectations of some of his neighbours, in Union Village, Claxton Bay, Trinidad.

“The older folks in the community look to me to be a role model to the younger kids. This gives me inspiration to be a great athlete.”

At the 2009 World Championships, in Berlin, Germany, Bledman was not part of the Trinidad and Tobago team that seized silver in the men’s 4x100 metres final. He had the satisfaction, though, of helping his country secure a lane in the championship race. In the qualifying round, Bledman combined with Darrel Brown, Marc Burns and Thompson for victory in heat one.

There were clear signs in 2010 that Bledman could become one of the best sprinters in the world. He clocked 10.01 seconds to finish second in the “B” race at the adidas Grand Prix, in New York, and two weeks later, was second to Thompson at the T&T Championships, in 10.03.

“My biggest goals (in 2010) were to settle down seriously, train harder and to get a better understanding of the sport of track and field. I have achieved them all.”

In October 2009, Bledman travelled to Florida to start training in the Lance Brauman camp. However, he did not cut off ties with Persad, and has been back and forth between Trinidad and Florida. The sprinter says each coach plays an important role.

“The people mainly responsible for my success are God, Gunness Persad and Lance Brauman.”

At the 2011 World Championships, in Daegu, Korea, Bledman came within a hair’s breadth of securing a lane in the 100 metres final. He finished fifth in the first semifinal in 10.14 seconds—the same time produced by fourth-placed Daniel Bailey, of Antigua. Bailey qualified for the eight-man championship race as the second of two “fastest losers”, while Bledman was ninth overall.

But even before his Daegu run, Bledman was thinking about the London Olympics, setting himself a goal.

 “To be in the 100 final and to medal.”

Given his London aspirations, it’s no surprise that Bledman’s only idol in the sport is Trinidad and Tobago’s lone Olympic gold medallist, Hasely Crawford, the man who bolted to victory in the 100 metres dash at the 1976 Games, in Montreal, Canada.

Bledman would love to follow in Crawford’s footsteps. It will be no easy task, though. The 100 metres field is packed with quality—defending champion Usain Bolt, his Jamaica teammates, Blake and Asafa Powell, Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, Thompson, and more.

Blake, the 2011 World champion, defeated Bolt at the Jamaica Olympic trials, and is considered by many to be the favourite for gold in London.

Bledman, though, knows how to beat a favourite. What’s more is that he knows how to beat a favourite carrying the name Yohan Blake. The T&T sprinter did it at the 2007 Pan Am Juniors, and is keen to do it again.

In addition to Olympic glory, Bledman is eyeing Thompson’s T&T record - 9.85 seconds.

And Bledman’s career goal is “to achieve everything possible that a sprinter could achieve”.

“I am eager to be the best athlete that Trinidad and Tobago has ever produced. I believe I could run 9.7.”

Personal Bests

100: 9.86 (2012)

200: 20.73 (2008)

Yearly Progression

100/200: 2005: 10.48; 2006: 10.32/21.47; 2007: 10.14, 10.05w; 2008: 10.18/20.73; 2009: 10.10; 2010: 10.01, 9.93w/21.30; 2011: 9.93/20.91; 2012: 9.86, 9.85w/21.01w

Career Highlights

2005    8th    (100)                 Carifta Games U20 (Bacolet)                                       10.79

2005    3rd    (100)                 World Youth Championships (Marrakech)                      10.55

2005    7th    (100)                 Pan Am Junior Championships (Windsor)                       10.64

2005    4th    (4x100)              Pan Am Junior Championships (Windsor)                       40.81 

2006    2nd   (100)                  Carifta Games U20 (Les Abymes)                                  10.57

2006    2nd   (100)                  CAC* U20 Championships (Port-of-Spain)                      10.39

2006    7th    (100)                 World Junior Championships (Beijing)                             10.47

2006    4th    (4x100)              CAC* U20 Championships (Port-of-Spain)                       40.80

2007    2nd   (100)                  Carifta Games U20 (Providenciales)                                10.41        

2007    1st    (100)                  Pan Am Junior Championships (Sao Paulo)                      10.32

2007    2nd   (4x100)               Pan Am Junior Championships (Sao Paulo)                      40.11 

2007    4th    (4x100)              Pan Am Games (Rio de Janeiro)                                      39.23

2008    1st    (4x100)              CAC* Championships (Cali)                                             38.54

2008    2nd   (4x100)              Olympic Games (Beijing)                                                 38.06

2009    6th    (100)                 CAC* Championships (Havana)                                        10.29     

2009    1st    (4x100)              CAC* Championships (Havana)                                        38.73

2010    4th    (100)                 NACAC** Under-23 Championships (Florida)                     10.19

2010    7th    (100)                 CAC* Games (Mayaguez)                                                 10.32

2010    1st    (4x100)              CAC* Games (Mayaguez)                                                 38.24

2011    1st    (100)                 CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)                                     10.05 

2011    2nd   (4x100)              CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)                                     38.89

2011    6th    (4x100)             World Championships (Daegu)                                          39.01

* CAC = Central American & Caribbean

**NACAC = North America, Central America & Caribbean

Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2012

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