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Gordon: This is what I wanted all my life
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Double Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon described his performance at the London Games as a life-long wish come through. Upon his return home since his historic showing at the 30th Olympiad, Gordon shared that he was happy with his achievements. “I felt good. This is what I wanted all my life (to win a medal at the Olympics). I know I made my country proud. I am trying to stay humble.” The 23-year-old collected T&T’s first medal in London when he finished third in the men’s 400 metres final in a personal best (pb)of 44.52 seconds. The Tobago-born quartermiler stated ahead of the finals on August 6 that he was tired after his massive pb of 44.58 in the semifinals the previous day. “My body never went so far so I was in a kind of shock. I felt a little tired in the finals but I had to pull it through. I wished we had a day rest like the 400m hurdles finalists. If I had, I could have run faster. I am just happy with the time and what I achieved in the end,” said Gordon. The New York-based athlete is in his third year of his career since taking back up the sport in 2009.
He said, “I was running since I was small but I stopped for about six years. I started back in 2009 running for my college in Ithaca, New York. I started doing the 400m in 2010 and never liked it but I just gave it a shot and every week I started to get better and better.” Gordon returned with his mother Cynthia Cupid who was in London to witness her son’s accomplishments. Sports Minister Anil Roberts, T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) secretary general Brian Lewis, National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) president Ephraime Serrette and Secretary Allan Baboolal were among those who were on hand to welcome home Gordon. Roberts praised Gordon for his “unselfish decision” to lead off the team. “He forgot about himself and deserves a round of applause,” said the sport minister. He went on to challenge Gordon to break Ian Morris’ national mark of 44.21, “The journey now start. Your time of 44.52 is good but 44.21 is around too long. By next year around June we will break that record.” Roberts also added that Gordon should be aiming at beating Olympic and World champion Grenadian Kirani James.
Serrette said he could not describe the performances of Gordon and the national contingent. “Words are beyond me based on our performances. Prior to the Games I mentioned that we had a very competitive team. We qualified for 12 finals, ten in track and field, and I think that augurs well for sport in T&T. I am very proud to be at the helm of the association at this time.” Serette added that his association will be aiming at the next four years to prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “We are working towards the next quadrennial together with all the key stakeholders no matter to what has happened prior to all of this. We need now to work together to see how we can turn the bronze to silver and gold medals and the other finals to podium positions. “We in the NAAA look forward to working with the TTOC and the Ministry of Sports and corporate T&T to assist our sportsmen and women to deliver and bringing glory to the country.”