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Walcott, Richards, Cedenio in Doha 15

Kwame Laurence :: Trinidad Express :: 14.09.2019

Michelle-Lee Ahye will not be among the Trinidad and Tobago athletes on show at the September 27 to October 6 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The reigning Commonwealth Games women's 100 metres champion is serving a provisional suspension for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, and was not eligible for selection. Ahye had three Missed Tests in a 12-month period.

Keshorn Walcott has been named on a team of 15 for the World Championships. The 2012 Olympic men's javelin champion is one of two throwers who will represent the Red, White and Black. Portious Warren competes in the women's shot put. Andwuelle Wright will do battle in the men's long jump.

Jereem "The Dream" Richards and Kyle Greaux are listed for the men's 200 metres. At the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England, Richards bagged bronze in the half-lap event.

Machel Cedenio is the lone T&T representative in the men's 400m. Cedenio is the key man in T&T's defence of the 4x400m title. He is expected to perform anchorleg duties. The 4x4 pool also includes Richards, two-time IAAF World Indoor Championship 400m bronze medallist Deon Lendore, Darren Alfred, Onal Mitchell and Asa Guevara. In May, Lendore, Richards, Guevara and Cedenio combined for 4x4 gold at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.

With Ahye ineligible for selection, Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be the only sprinter in the women's 100m. Kamaria Durant and Mauricia Prieto face the starter in the 200. Baptiste, Durant, Prieto, Reyare Thomas and Semoy Hackett have been chosen for sprint relay duty.

In an Express interview, yesterday (Thursday), National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAATT) president Ephraim Serrette said the absence of Ahye is a big blow to T&T's medal chances in the women's 4x1.

"Michelle-Lee is critical for the women's team. So, it's up to the rest to make the best of things. There was also the situation with Khalifa St Fort calling off her season early. They have to be prepared for all circumstances."

T&T will not participate in the men's 4x100m relay in Doha.

"They did qualify," Serrette explained. "The top 16 teams got in and Trinidad and Tobago ended up 16th. But while we felt we had a competitive team at Pan Am, and they got silver, with the unavailability of Louisiana State University's Akanni Hislop, we did not think we had a strong enough team for Worlds.

"We ended up with three people: Keston Bledman, Kyle Greaux and Jerod Elcock. We were thinking about Rondel Sorrillo, but he was coming off an injury. We just don't have the depth. As president, I'm not happy that we don't have a 4x100 team. On top of that, we don't have a single qualifier in the 100. While we want relay teams, athletes should be focused on qualifying as individuals first."

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The 15 T&T athletes are scheduled to leave for Qatar next Wednesday. They will attend a training camp in Doha ahead of the Championships.


Men: Kyle Greaux (200), Jereem Richards (200, 4x400), Machel Cedenio (400, 4x400), Andwuelle Wright (long jump), Keshorn Walcott (javelin), Darren Alfred (4x400), Deon Lendore (4x400), Onal Mitchell (4x400), Asa Guevara (4x400)

Women: Kelly-Ann Baptiste (100, 4x100), Kamaria Durant (200, 4x100), Mauricia Prieto (200, 4x100), Portious Warren (shot put), Reyare Thomas (4x100), Semoy Hackett (4x100)

Officials: Dexter Voisin (manager), Ian Carter (sprints & relays coach), Charles Joseph (sprints & relays coach), Wendell Williams (long jump coach), Ismael Lopez (throws coach)

Medical Team: Dr Anyl Gopeesingh (team doctor), Anthony Walcott, Nicole Fuentes


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