Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio believes he is conditioned to be among the medal when the final of the men’s 400 metres takes place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Sunday.
Cedenio defeated a world-class field in his semifinal Saturday night that included 2015 Beijing, China World Championships winner Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa. He won the event in 44.40 seconds.
“I came here to leave with a medal,” he said. “I am not going to count anybody out. I am just going out there to run my race.
“I know that it will take sub 43 because you have guys like Lashawn and Kerani who just had a fast semifinal heat like mine.
“So I know it will take me to run fast and I am prepared seeing the training that I have been having for the past few weeks.
“I know my body can handle the rounds so I am just excited for the final,” Cedenio said.
According to Cedenio, he did what he wanted to do in his semifinal.
“It was a good run,” he said. “I went out there with the intentions to win my (semifinal) heat so that I could get a good lane in the final. I run a pretty even race so I am satisfied.
“I know he (van Neikerk) is better than, me so I didn’t focus too much on him. I just went out there and run my race.”