The National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) has sent congratulatory messages to Cleopatra Borel, Keshorn Walcott, Marchel Cedenio and Mikel Thomas on their latest achievements at the Pan American Games being held in Toronto.
The NAAA in their release also said they "wish them all the best as they continue to prepare for the World Championships being held in Beijing China 22nd-30th August, and Rio (Olympics) 2016."
Borel is the very first woman and only the sixth Trinidad and Tobago athlete in history to win Gold at the Pan American Games. Borel's winning throw of 18.67 metres came in the second round of competetion. With this Gold, Borel now has a complete set of Pan American Games medals, as she won Silver in 2011, and Bronze in 2007.
Keshorn, won the men's javelin throw, with a throw of 83.27 and became the seventh athlete in history with a Pam Am Gold, he can now add this Gold medal to his many Carifta and CAC, World Jr Championship, Continental Cup and Olympic medals.
"What most of you do not know is that Mr. Walcott injured his ankle a week ago while competing in Monaco and had to wear a soft cast for about four days while in Toronto," the NAAA release said.
"Yet he was able to show the heart, determination and temperament of a true champion to go out there and perform with this injury and still bring home the Gold," added the release.
The winning throw came in his second round, he fouled the third and the passed on his last three throws, protecting the ankle from any further injury, with Worlds just one month away.
Nineteen year old Marchel Cedenio, the 2014 World J.r Champion, won Silver in the men’s 400m dash in a time of 44.70, and became only the fourth quarter miler in the history of the Pan Am Games to win a medal over this distance. Ian Morris who also won silver was the last athlete to do this way back in 1991.
Not only did Mikel Thomas win a Silver medal at the games, he also ran his personal best 13.17 setting a New National Record in the process and became the first male Trinidad and Tobago hurdler ever, to medal at the Pan Am Games.
"Well done lady and gents, you have made us proud," the release ended.