Renny Quow has been on the global stage of athletics since 2006, when he took gold in the World Juniorrs in Beijing at the 400 meters. In 2009, Renny completed his rise to global contender, with his bronze medal at 400 meters in the World Championships in Berlin. In 2012, Renny took the bronze in World Indoor Champs in Istanbul, running the indoor 400 meters, which is a totally different race than the outdoor 400 meters. The Indoor 400 meters is kind of like roller derby meets WWF: lots of pushing, shoving and falling. Fortunately for Renny, he knows how to stand on his feet!
In 2014, at the inaugural World Relays, Renny took the bronze with his team from Trinidad and Tobago in one of the most exciting 4×400 meters in recent memory, with just the US and the Bahamas in front of TTO! A few months later, in rainy Glasgow, I was fortunate to see Renny take his team to the bronze in the Commonwealth 4×400 meters.
In 2015, TTO took the silver in Beijing in the 4x400m, and the gold in Pan Am Games, with Renny again on the TTO team. The TTO team is fast and furious. Never discount this speedy team from the Caribbe! This is one of my favorite things about the sport. TTO always brings their A game, and the tiny nation medals home often.
Renny is fun to speak with, but I grabbed him just after his 400m race in Somerville, where he had finished his second race of the year. Renny finished fourth in 46.69. Renny told me afterwards, that he has to race himself into shape.
400 meter runners who remain world class for a decade are few and far between. Renny Quow knows that he has to be in shape in August for the World Championships, and that is his focus.
We look forward to seeing our friend in London in a few months. Here’s his interview on Instagram LIVE video! I enjoy these one minute videos as I can stay focused.