Trinidad captures gold

Trinidad and Tobago’s gold medal winning team of Jarrin Solomon, Machel Cedenio, Lalonde Gordon and Jereem Richards celebrate after winning the gold in the men’s 4x400-meter relay final during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.
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Trinidad and Tobago men’s 4×400-metre relay team captured gold in the final event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England on Sunday evening.

The quartet of Jarrin Solomon, Jareem Richards, Machael Cedeno and Lalonde Gordon shocked the world as they beat the Americans and Britons into second and third respectively with the fastest time in the event this year of 2:58.12.

The USA clocked 2:58.61 seconds for the silver medal and Britain recorded 2: 59.00 seconds for the bronze.

Their victory marked the first time in the history of Trinidad and Tobago a 4×400 team had earned a gold medal.

The feat followed Richard’s bronze medal three days before in the 200 meters final and para athlete Akeem Stewart’s two gold medals.

The Trinidad and Tobago relay team denied the United States of America a seventh consecutive gold in the event.

The team shared the stage in the closing event, which included the greatest sprinter in the history of track and field, Jamaican Usain Bolt who was honored as he ended his career and goes into retirement.

Lalonde Gordon, a double Olympic bronze medalist at the London venue five years ago was confident that the team will win gold in the relay.

The relay team has joined Hasley Crawford winning gold at the Montreal, Canada Olympics in 1976 and Keshorn Walcott who also won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 in the Men’s Javelin competition.

The Trinidad and Tobago government and the opposition sent congratulatory messages to the team.

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