Sprinters Devin Augustine and Shaniqua Bascombe, the Youth Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, will race on Monday at the Olympic Trials being hosted by the National Association of Athletics Administration of T&T (NAAATT) for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.
The first of two trials for the Tokyo Games, which was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, Port-of-Spain and will feature three track events in both the men's and women's categories starting at 3 pm.
Augustine, the reigning Carifta Games 100 metres Under-17 men's champion, will line up in both sprint events. The Point Fortin New Jets (PFNJ) sprinterwill race out of lane seven in section two in the timed 100m dash aiming at going under the automatic qualifying standard time of 10.05 seconds.
He will face off against brothers Nathan and Jonathon Farinha of Abilene Wildcats in section two while section one will feature Ayodele Taffe also of Abiline, Simplex's Machel Mark and PFNJ's Cyrus Charles among the challengers.
In the women's version of the dash which follows soon after at 3.15 pm, Bascombe, the 2019 Carifta U-17 silver medallist, of Cougars will be seeking to meet the 11.15-Olympic standard.
Also challenging for spots are Bascombe's Cougars clubmate Reneisha Andrews, Simplex duo Kamaria Durant and Leah Bertrand, Reece Webster (Concorde), Reneisha Andrews (Cougars), Danae David (PFNJ), Tobago's Ashawntae James (RSS Phoenix) and Antonia Sealy (FAD).
Next up will be the 400m events, with the women's quartermiler taking to the track first at 3.45 pm. Five will race to attain the qualifying time of 51.35. They are Arlette Olivierre (Tobago Select), Malika Coutain (PFNJ), Caliyah Wallace (Cougars) and Shanika Belfon (Tobago Select).
Then the men take the spotlight with going under the 44.90-standard primarily on their minds. Among the quartermilers squaring off in the one-lap event are Genesis Jospeh (Health Olympians), Chazz Alexander (Simplex) and Tobago Select pair Roshane Symister and Callis McCletchie.
The 200m will the be the final event of the evening and will see several athletes doubling-up event including Taffe, the Farinha siblings and Xaverri Williams (Stallions) among the men and for the women, Durant, James, Coutain, Bertrand and Sealy.
Dominc Cole, who represented T&T at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, and Shakeem McKay, a sixth-place finisher in the men's U-20 200m final at the 2019 Carifta Games, will also be in the line-up.
The second and final Olympic trials is scheduled for June 27.