Machel Cedenio

MACHEL IN MEDAL HUNT: Machel Cedenio, en route to victory in the opening IAAF World Athletics Championship men’s 400 metres semifinal heat at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. The Trinidad and Tobago quartermiler will challenge for precious metal in today’s final.

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Machel Cedenio will bid to become only the second Trinidad and Tobago athlete to claim a 400 metres medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships when he competes in the men’s one-lap final at the Khalifa International Stadium here in Doha, Qatar, today. The starting pistol will be fired at 3.20pm (TT time).

At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, T&T’s Renny Quow bagged men’s 400m bronze in 45.02 seconds, finishing behind Americans LaShawn Merritt, the gold medallist in 44.06, and Jeremy Wariner (44.60). In his quest to emulate Quow’s podium feat, Cedenio will have just one American to contend with, Fred Kerley.


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Trinidad and Tobago’s Leonardo Julien top scored with 69 while Guyana’s Ashmead Nedd grabbed five wickets for 27 runs as the West Indies Under-19s defeated England Under-19s by 36 runs in the first match of the Tri-Nations One-Day Series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua yesterday..

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batsmen Keagan Simmons slammed an unbeaten 122 but it wasn’t enough for his team, the East/Tobago Leatherbacks, as they fell to a close three-wicket loss to the South Pavers in the opening round of the Namalco/TTCB Under-23 Cup on Thursday.

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Ato Boldon is strongly opposed to the new World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Diamond League format. The 2020 Diamond League Final in Zurich, Switzerland will not feature the 200 metres, discus, triple jump and 3,000m steeplechase.

THE Diego Martin Sports Complex has become such a successful football venue, regularly attracting a large turnout of fans, that it will be the stage of tonight’s First Citizens Cup final. It will be the first time the final has ever held in Diego Martin.