Machel Cedenio

ONE-LAP WIN: Machel Cedenio

MACHEL CEDENIO struck gold in a keenly contested men’s 400 metres race at the International Athletics Meeting in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, on Tuesday. The T&T quartermiler stopped the clock at 45.34 seconds.

Cedenio, Jamaican Nathon Allen and Nigeria’s Emmanuele Bamidele battled for supremacy on the home straight. But it was Cedenio who got home first, outleaning his rivals at the line to secure victory.

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Allen and Bamidele were just behind the winner, both clocking 45.39 seconds. Allen had a slight edge in the photo finish, and was awarded silver. Bamidele got bronze, finishing ahead of fourth-placed American Obi Igbokwe (45.70).

Cedenio’s victory was his second in the 400 this season. In his 2019 individual opener, at the Tom Jones Memorial in Florida, USA on April 27, the 23-year-old won the men’s one-lap in 45.03 seconds. He was faster on June 8 at the Racers/Adidas Grand Prix, in Jamaica, clocking a season’s best 44.92 to pick up silver. In between, he anchored T&T to 4x400m gold at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Pro League clubs have sent counter-proposals to the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Association after recently rejecting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which would have seen the governing body directly involved in league operations and the payment of salaries.

It was a derby of sorts but only one team made an impact. La Horquetta Rangers returned to winning ways with a 7-0 home victory over FC Santa Rosa, last season’s Trinidad and Tobago Super League champions, when they met in the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament on Wednesday.

Red-hot Guyana Amazon Warriors extended their unbeaten start to the Caribbean Premier League season while inflicting yet another blow to Jamaica Tallawahs’ playoff hopes, with a commanding 81-run victory Wednesday night.

Team TTO’s cyclists have boosted their chances of securing a place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, having made significant progress in the latest World rankings. T&T leaped six places to fifth in the Track Men’s team sprint Olympic ranking when the world governing body for the sport, UCI (International Cycling Union) updated their rankings Tuesday.

The West Indies women predictably suffered their second straight series whitewash at the hands of powerhouses Australia when they went down by nine wickets in the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series in Barbados Wednesday night. But captain Stafanie Taylor still saw signs of hope for her team.

“It always comes down to just two throws: one to qualify and one to get a medal in the final. So, that’s the objective, to see how best I can do it with two throws. Never count yourself out until it’s over.”