Trinidad & Tobago's 4x400m team deserves our respect!


I love our sport of track & field. Truth is, athletes from countries big and small can shine in our sport.

In London, lets speak about Trinidad & Tobago. Their 4x400 meters men team caught the U.S. team took the gold right out of their hands. The crowd went absolutely bonkers, and the interview with the TTO team post race was just, well fun.

Trinidad & Tobago had played the rounds right and had built their team for a big run in the final. The U.S. spits out 400 meter runners by the dozens, but truth is, the U.S. team had a group of guys who were tired, and the coaching staff did not see the challenge, which they should always see.

I recall John Chaplin, former coach of Washington State at Pullman, telling me that an Olympic coach is remembered for only a few things: if they loose the relays or buy the batons. The US felt, for many years, that the long relays were a birth right.

Well someone did not tell TTO that. They all ran with spirit, but the anchor did the job and moved by an exhausted Fred Kerley in textbook fashion, to take the gold medal.

Trinidad & Tobago did it the old fashioned way, they earned their gold medal.

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