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Keston Bledman won his first senior national sprint title in style, bolting to victory in a personal best 9.86 seconds at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, late on Saturday (23).
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