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Lendore bags T&Tís first medal, bronze

Trinidad Guardian :: 04.03.2018

BIRMINGHAM, England—Jamaican Kimberley Williams and T&T's Deon Lendore increased the English-speaking Caribbean's tally to three at the IAAF World Indoor Championships yesterday.

Williams' second place finish in the women's triple jump with a personal best leap in the morning session on the third day of the Championships gave Jamaica their second silver of the meet, following Danniel Thomas-Dodd's historic medal in the women's shot putt the previous day.

Lendore captured the two-island republic's first medal of the Championships in the evening session, when he landed a bronze in the men's 400 metres.

Lendore benefitted from the disqualification of Spain's Oscar Husillos and Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic for lane violations to clinch the bronze, edging Aldrich Bailey, Jr of the United States 46.37 seconds to 46.44.

It was a gratifying finish for the Lendore, who brought back memories of him holding off British anchor Martyn Rooney in the men's 4?400 final at the 2012 London Olympics to clinch the same colour medal for T&T.

Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic became the first three-time winner of the men's 400 at these championships, when he clocked a season's best 45.47 and was well clear of American champion Michael Cherry, who clocked 45.84 who took silver.

Husillos was first across the line with a 44.92 championships record, but his surprise reign was short-lived following his disqualification, the same fate that befell Santos, the 2012 Olympic champion, who chased him over the entire second lap, paving the way for Maslak's historic triumph following his victories in Sopot in 2014 and Portland two years ago.

Bledman, Callender crash out 60m

T&T's sprinters Keston Bledman and Emmanuel Callender yesterday failed to advance to the semi-final round of the Men's 60 metre sprints.

Bledman, running out of heat 2, crossed the finish-line in a time of 6.79 seconds in fifth in lane 5, way behind the winner Bingtian Su of China who clocked 6.59 seconds to be one of three qualifiers in the race.

Warren Fraser of Bahamas and Jamaica's Kimmari Roach, who both produced similar times of 6.71 seconds in the heat have advanced to the semis.

Callender on the otherhand had a better finish in heat 3 running a season's best 6.80 seconds. But it was not enough to earn him a place in the semis with Slovakia's Jan Volko (6.66s), Iran's Hassan Taftian (6.74s) and Dominik Zalesky of the Czech Republic (6.74s) claiming the top three qualifying spots.

Meanwhile, T&T's 4x400 metres team of Renny Quow, Jereem Richards, Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon also produced a season's best time of 3:05.96 to qualify for today's final behind first place Belgium (3:05.22) which was also a season best, and Poland (3:05.24) in second in heat 1. The T&T men were third.

Meanwhile, Williams, the bronze medallist at the previous Championships in Sopot, Poland, led the women's triple jump with a lifetime best mark of 14.48 metres until Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela produced a mark of 14.63m with her fifth-round effort to land the gold medal.

Having set her season best mark of 14.16m in Birmingham as a guest of the British Championships a fortnight ago, the 29-year-old Jamaica also improved on that mark five times during the competition which fielded 17 starters – and looked a


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Lendore bags T&Tís first medal, bronze
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From left, T&T's bronze medalist Deon Lendore, Czech Republic's gold medalist Pavel Maslak and US silver medalist Michael Cherry pose during the medal ceremony for the men's 400-m final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, yesterday. PICTURE AP

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