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Roberts says Gordon executed well

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tributes to Lalonde Gordon
Anil Roberts


Minister of Sports, Anil Roberts, yesterday congratulated Lalonde Gordon on his bronze medal success at the Olympic Games in London. The Minister described Gordon’s race as perfectly executed: “He showed that one should never discount an underdog.” Minister Roberts also hailed the Tobagonian athlete as a revelation and testament to dedication and sacrifice: “Athletics is the sport that has brought the most glory to our country at the Olympics, so it is fitting that our first medal at the 2012 Games would be earned on the track. I hope the progress Lalonde has made, improving his PB twice over three races, serves to inspire us all to better our own performances in life and in sport.” Gordon won bronze in a new personal best time of 44.52 in the 400 metres.
The 23-year old is from Lowlands, Tobago. He is the second national to medal in the Olympic 400 metres. The first was Wendell Mottley who won silver at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Minister Roberts was also high in praise for champion Kirani James from Grenada who has become that Caribbean island’s first Olympic medallist. Roberts said: “Grenada is the smallest country ever to win an Olympic medal and the fact that it came from a 19-year-old is no surprise. Kirani has dominated this race ever since he came on the scene as a junior. This bodes well for track and field development in the Caribbean, continuing to make the region a force to be reckoned with.”


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