Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio was in inspiring form as the second day of the NGC/NAAATT National Open Champs came to a close at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in that country on Saturday.

Running in the final of the 400 metres, Cedenio brought back glimpses of his old self, smiting the field to clock 44.52, more than a second faster than his closest rival.

Second in the one-lap event was Dwight St Hillare, who stopped the clock in 46.08, while Darren Alfred was good enough for third with his 46.63.

According to Cedenio, he isn’t running very fast just yet and instead is working on getting stronger, bearing in mind the length of the season with the World Championships all the way in September.

“I’m enjoying the process,” he said in a post-race interview with SportsMax’s Ricardo Chambers.

According to Cedenio, preparation for this season is a little more difficult because it is longer and therefore his coach has had to tweak the process in ways that make things, in a word, interesting.

“It is difficult because you’ve got to fluctuate a lot of things in training. Normally we would be doing faster stuff, but at this time he has been running me for strength,” said Cedenio.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Kyle Greaux had third-place finishes in the 400m and 200m, respectively at the XXXIII Meeting Citta' Di Padova in Italy on Tuesday.

Trinidad and Tobago continued their reign as kings of the quarter-mile after a narrow win in the men’s 4x400m final at the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama, on Sunday.

A powerful final leg from Machel Cedenio, not only held off a late surge from perennial rivals Jamaica, who were anchored by Nathon Allen but also overhauled tiring USA anchor leg runner Paul Dedewo.  T&T claimed the event in a world-leading 3:00.81.  Initially Allen seemed to have stumbled across the line for second, but the USA were later disqualified.  The decision saw the Jamaicans claim the silver medal in 3:01:57 with Belgium third in 3:02.70.

Demish Gaye began the relay for the Jamaicans before handing off to Akeem Bloomfield, with the third leg run by Rusheen McDonald.  Cedenio received the baton from Asa Guevara, with Deon Lendore handing off to Jereem Richards prior to that.

In the women’s equivalent, the Jamaicans faded away badly on the stretch to finish in 5th place.  The event was surprisingly won by Poland (3:27:49) who held off a late surge down the stretch from the United States who finished second in 3:27.65.  Italy finished in third place in 3:27.74.

 

Trinidad and Tobago athlete Machel Cedenio, who has been under investigation in a suspected case of hit and run, was on Thursday, released from police custody.

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