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T&T's Warren goes after Shot Put Olympic medal
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T&T's Warren goes after Shot Put Olympic medal

Go Back : Guardian : Sports Desk : 31.07.2021

Field athlete Portious Warren will be T&T's first finalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games when she goes after a medal in the 12-women's Shot Put final at the Olympic Stadium, Saturday night (T&T time).

Two days ago at the same venue, Warren produced a personal best to advance to the final of the women's shot put event.

The 25-year-old Alabama-based Warren, who was a late addition to the T&T contingent to the Games, achieved a distance of 18.75 metres on her third and final throw to place fifth in Group A of the qualification round and advanced as one of the 12 best performers to the final scheduled to start at 9.35 pm.

Attempting to meet the qualifying mark of 18.80, Warren opened with an 18.21m, matching her season's best, then followed up with an 18.23m-effort in the second round before sealing her spot among the six qualifiers from Group A as one of the best performers.

Topping the group was American Raven Saunders with 19.22m.

The other automatic qualifiers were Fanny Roos of Sweden with a 19.01-throw, Belarus' Aliona Dubitskaya (18.89) and China's Yang Gao (18.80). USA's Jessica Ramsey, who fouled her first two attempts, booked her spot with a heave which matched Warren's 18.75 to be the sixth qualifier from the group.

In the final, Warren will face competition from USA's Raven Saunders, favourite Valerie Adams of New Zealand, Portugal's Auriol Dongmo, China's Lijiao Gong, Belarussioan Aliona Dubitskaya, USA's Jessica Ramsey, China's Jiayuan Song, Germany's Sara Gambetta, New Zealand's Maddison-Lee Wesche, China's Yang Gao, and Sweden's Fanny Roos.

In the men's 400 metres, national quartermiler Dwight St Hillaire who has a personal best of 44.55 and season best of 44.74 takes to the track from lane six in heat three against Michael Cherry (USA), Jahir Mohammad Rayhan (Bangladesh), Luka Janezic (Slovenia), Anthony Gilles Afoumba (Congo), Christopher James (James), Lucas Carvalho (Brazil) and Barbadian Jonathan Jones.

St Hillaire compatriot Deon Leondore, a volunteer coach at Texas A&M University and three-time Olympian will take his mark in two heats later in the 400m from lane 2 with a personal; best of 43.36 and season best of 44.73 against Bahamian Steven Gardiner, Jamaica's Nathan Allen, Sudan's Suliman Sadam Koumi El Nour, Germany's Marvin Schlegel, Kazakhstan's Mikhai Litvin, Poland's Karol Zalewski and Holland's Jochem Dobber.

And in the sixth and final 400m men's heat, Machel Cedeno who has a season best of 45.34, well off his personal best of 44.01 comes up against Madagascar's Franck Todisoa Rabearison, Spain's Oscar Husillos, Holland's Liemarvin Bonevacia, Iraq's Hussein Taha Yaseen, USA's Michael Norman, South African Thapelo Phora and Italian Edoardo Scotti.

At the end of the six 400 metres heats, the top three finishers in each race and the six fastest losers will advance to the second round.

T&T's Tyra Gittens, ranked 42nd in the world makes her debut as the first athlete in the women's long jump field of 15 in Pool A with a personal best and season best of 6.96 metres.

From the combined long jump field of 30 competitors, the top 12 overall from the two qualifying groups will advance to the final.

A Texas A&M University student, 23-year-old Gittens qualified to Tokyo after she jumped 22 feet, 10 inches earned her a spot to represent T&T at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking earlier this month to Nashville news, Gittens said, "It's been so surreal, but at the same time, I've been training for this moment since I stepped foot with coach Jan Pippin."

Gittens, who was training for the Olympics in College Station, Texas added, "It's exciting to have goals and dreams achieved, but also always knew this day would happen, so those two feelings are clashing together, feel like I'm stuck and I don't know how I feel."

Gittens, was born in T&T before moving to Nashville as a toddler and is the heptathlon national champion.

T&T's Warren goes after Shot Put Olympic medal
T&T shot putter Portious Warren.