Aug 16, 2013
MOSCOW — Jarrin Solomon tasted bronze last year.
This year, success was a little more difficult to come by.
Solomon, a former University of New Mexico track and field athlete, placed sixth in the finals of the men's 4x400 meter relay Friday at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
A 2009 Lobo graduate and an Albuquerque native, Solomon ran the anchor leg of the relay for Trinidad and Tobago, but couldn’t duplicate his success from last year’s bronze-medal finish at the Olympic Games.
The Trinidadians, featuring Solomon alongside Renny Quow, Lalonde Gordon and Jehue Gordon, combined for a time of 3 minutes, 1.74 seconds, but couldn’t challenge the upper half of the eight-team final.
In Thursday’s semis, Trinidad and Tobago raced to a season-best time of 3:00.48, placing third overall and easily moving into the finals.
However, Trinidad and Tobago altered its lineup for the finals, taking out Deon Lendore (a member of the 2012 Olympic bronze-medal team) and substituting Jehue Gordon.
Without its primary group of runners, Trinidad and Tobago slipped out of medal contention and into sixth place.
Nonetheless, the sixth-place finish is Trinidad and Tobago’s best documented finish in the 4x400 in the history of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, dating from 1983.
In fact, the Trinidad and Tobago only made the finals once before, in 2005, where it did not place after a disqualification.
The United States won the event handily, finishing in a world-leading time of 2:58.71. Jamaica was second overall with a season-best of 2:59.88. Host country Russia emerged with bronze after clocking in at 2:59.90.