Trinidad and Tobago at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Trinidad and Tobago at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg
IOC code TTO
NOC Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee
Website www.ttoc.org
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 32 in 8 sports
Flag bearer Keshorn Walcott[1]
Medals
Ranked 78th
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 British West Indies (1960)

Trinidad and Tobago competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21, 2016. This was the nation's seventeenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, although it previously competed in four other editions as a British colony, and as part of the West Indies Federation.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee fielded a team of 32 athletes, 21 men and 11 women, to compete in eight different sports at these Games. It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, eclipsing the record of 30 athletes who attended the London Games four years earlier.[2][3] For the first time in Olympic history, Trinidad and Tobago registered its athletes in artistic gymnastics, judo and rowing. As usual, athletics had the largest team by sport with 24 competitors, roughly three quarters of the nation's full roster size.

The Trinidad and Tobago team featured five Olympic medalists from London, including sprinter Lalonde Gordon in the 400 metres, and javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott, who won the nation's first ever gold after nearly four decades. Looking to defend his title in Rio de Janeiro, Walcott was selected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago contingent as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1] Athens 2004 bronze medalist George Bovell joined the elite club of world-ranked swimmers who have participated in five Olympic Games, while shot putter and reigning Pan American Games champion Cleopatra Borel made history for Trinidad and Tobago as the first female athlete to compete in four Olympics. Other notable athletes on the Trinidad and Tobago roster also included Laser sailor Andrew Lewis, London 2012 semifinalist Njisane Phillip in track cycling, Canadian-born gymnast Marisa Dick, and 39-year-old single sculls rower Felice Chow (the oldest competitor of the team).[2]

Trinidad and Tobago left Rio de Janeiro with only a bronze medal won by Walcott, following up on the gold he had earned in London and narrowly sparing from an out-of-medal feat for the first time since 1992. Several athletes on the Trinidad and Tobago team missed the opportunity to join Walcott on the podium, including Borel (seventh, women's shot put), Cedenio (fourth, men's 400 m), and sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye, the first woman from her country to appear in three finals at a single edition.[4]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Keshorn Walcott Athletics Men's javelin throw 20 August

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Athletes from Trinidad and Tobago have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

A total of 24 athletes (15 men and 9 women) were selected to the nation's track and field team for the Games, based on their results achieved at the Olympic Trials and T&T Open Championships. Among them were reigning Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott (men's javelin throw) and bronze medalists Lalonde Gordon, Machel Cedenio, Jarrin Solomon, and Renny Quow.[2]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Keston Bledman 100 m Bye 10.20 5 Did not advance
Rondel Sorrillo Bye 10.23 3 Did not advance
Richard Thompson Bye 10.29 6 Did not advance
Kyle Greaux 200 m 20.61 4 N/A Did not advance
Rondel Sorrillo 20.27 SB 3 q N/A 20.33 5 Did not advance
Machel Cedenio 400 m 44.98 1 Q N/A 44.39 1 Q 44.01 NR 4
Lalonde Gordon 45.24 1 Q N/A 45.13 8 Did not advance
Deon Lendore 46.15 6 N/A Did not advance
Mikel Thomas 110 m hurdles 13.68 6 N/A Did not advance
Jehue Gordon 400 m hurdles 49.90 SB 8 N/A Did not advance
Keston Bledman
Emmanuel Callender
Marcus Duncan
Kyle Greaux
Rondel Sorrillo
Richard Thompson
4 × 100 m relay 37.96 3 Q N/A DSQ
Machel Cedenio
Lalonde Gordon
Deon Lendore
Renny Quow
Jereem Richards
Jarrin Solomon
4 × 400 m relay DSQ N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Keshorn Walcott Javelin throw 88.68 1 Q 85.38 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Michelle-Lee Ahye 100 m Bye 11.00 1 Q 10.90 2 Q 10.92 6
Kelly-Ann Baptiste Bye 11.42 4 Did not advance
Semoy Hackett Bye 11.35 3 q 11.20 5 Did not advance
Michelle-Lee Ahye 200 m 22.50 1 Q N/A 22.25 2 Q 22.34 6
Semoy Hackett 22.78 2 Q N/A 22.94 6 Did not advance
Reyare Thomas 22.97 5 N/A Did not advance
Janeil Bellille 400 m hurdles 56.25 5 q N/A 56.06 6 Did not advance
Sparkle McKnight 56.80 5 N/A Did not advance
Michelle-Lee Ahye
Kelly-Ann Baptiste
Semoy Hackett
Khalifa St. Fort
Kai Selvon
Reyare Thomas
4 × 100 m relay 42.62 3 Q N/A 42.12 5
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Cleopatra Borel Shot put 18.20 8 q 18.37 7

Boxing[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago entered one boxer to compete in the men's super heavyweight division into the Olympic boxing tournament. Nigel Paul had claimed his Olympic spot with a semifinal victory at the 2016 American Qualification Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[7]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nigel Paul Men's super heavyweight Bye  Ajagba (NGR)
L KO
Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

Track[edit]

Following the completion of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Trinidad and Tobago entered one rider to compete only in the men's sprint at the Olympics, by virtue of his final individual UCI Olympic rankings in that event.[8]

Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Round 1 Repechage 1 Round 2 Repechage 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Njisane Phillip Men's sprint 9.813
73.372
6 Q  Xu C (CHN)
L
 Levy (GER)
 Dawkins (NZL)
L
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago entered one artistic gymnast for the first time into the Olympic competition. Originally, the spot was earned by Trinidad born gymnast Thema Williams in the Scotland qualifier. She was later replaced due to controversy* and apparent lack of support by officials on the local gymnastics body the TTGF. Marisa Dick a Canadian born of a Trinidadian mother had claimed her (William's) Olympic spot in the women's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[9]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Marisa Dick Uneven bars N/A 11.333 N/A 11.333 79 Did not advance
Balance beam N/A 13.066 N/A 13.066 58 Did not advance
Floor N/A 12.533 12.533 70 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago has qualified one judoka for the men's half-heavyweight category (100 kg) at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport. Christopher George earned a continental quota spot from the Pan American region, as Trinidad and Tobago's sole judoka in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[10][11]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Christopher George Men's −100 kg Bye  Soe (MYA)
L 000–002
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

For the first time in Olympic history, Trinidad and Tobago has qualified one boat in the women's single sculls for the Games at the 2016 Latin American Continental Qualification Regatta in Valparaiso, Chile.[12]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Felice Chow Women's single sculls 8:31.83 5 R 8:04.91 2 QF 8:02.53 5 SC/D 8:20.07 4 FD 7:50.23 22

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Trinidad & Tobago has qualified a boat in men's Laser class by virtue of a top finish for North America at the 2015 Pan American Games.[13]

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Andrew Lewis Men's Laser 42 34 39 36 41 34 31 BFD 36 32 EL 324 39

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race

Swimming[edit]

Swimmers from Trinidad & Tobago have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[14][15]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
George Bovell Men's 50 m freestyle 22.30 27 Did not advance
Dylan Carter Men's 100 m freestyle 48.80 NR 23 Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flagbearer Walcott keen to repeat". Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "TTOC announces 32 athletes for Rio Games". Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "32 T&T athletes confirmed for 2016 Summer Olympics". Loop News Website. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Laurence, Kwame (2 September 2016). "Keshorn the Redeemer". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Reigning Champions Claressa Shields and Roniel Iglesias secure Olympic qualification in Buenos Aires". AIBA. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Ramnanansingh, Jonathan (5 March 2016). "Njisane qualifies for Olympics". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers in Women's Artistic Gymnastics: See the updated list!". FIG. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Pouchet, Mark (4 May 2016). "First for Judo: Christopher George qualifies for Olympics". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Olympic qualification spots confirmed for the Americas". FISA. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Andrew Lewis qualifies for Rio 2016". CNC3. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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