Keston Bledman

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Keston Bledman
Keston Bledman 2012 Olympics.jpg
Keston Bledman at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
Nationality Trinidad & Tobago
Born (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 29)
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprinting
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100m: 9.86 (Trinidad 2012)
200m: 20.73 (Lappeenranta 2008)

Keston Bledman, HBM (born 8 March 1988) is a track and field sprint athlete, who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago.[1]

On 7 July 2007, at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in São Paulo, Brazil, he upset the Jamaican Yohan Blake in the 100 meters, finishing in 10.32 seconds (−1.1 m/s wind).

Bledman represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 4 × 100 m relay together with Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson. He was the lead off man;[2] in their qualification heat they placed first in front of Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil. Their time of 38.26 was the fastest of all sixteen teams participating in the first round and they qualified for the final. Armstrong was replaced by Emmanuel Callender for the final race and they sprinted to a time of 38.06 seconds, the second time after the Jamaican team, winning the silver medal.[1]

He ran in the first round, but not the final of the men's 4 × 100 m at the 2009 World Championships where Trinidad and Tobago won silver.[2]

On 4 June 2011, Bledman ran 9.93 over 100 m in Clermont, Florida, to become the 78th athlete to cross the 10-second barrier.[3] He won his first national title in June 2012 by beating Richard Thompson over 100 m and ran a personal best time of 9.86 seconds,[4] which is currently tied for the 16th fastest ever. At the 2011 World Championships, he qualified for the 100 m final as one of the fastest losers in the semi-final.[2]

He was also a member of the relay team that won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[5] he was part of the Trinidad and Tobago team 4 × 100 m team that won the bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[6] He ran in the 100 m and the 4 × 100 m at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[7]

Early career[edit]

His mother lived in the US, and Bledman attributes his athletic success to wanting to do well enough to qualify for the national team and earn a visa,[2] he was recruited by Gunness Persad, who became his coach, at Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive sportsday.[2] His first international competition was the 2005 World Youth Championships, were he won an individual bronze,[2] his athletics idol is Hasely Crawford who won the 100 m at the 1976 Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago.[2]

Personal best[edit]

Distance Time venue
100 m 9.86 s (+1.4 m/s) Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (23 June 2012)
200 m 20.73 s Lappeenranta, Finland (3 August 2008)

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Trinidad and Tobago
2005 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago 8th 100 m 10.79   (1.7 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 41.05
World Youth Championships Marrakesh, Morocco 3rd 100 m 10.55
2nd Medley relay (100m x 200m x 300m x 400m) 1:52.51
2006 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Les Abymes, Guadeloupe 2nd 100 m 10.57   (0.0 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2nd 100 m 10.39   (1.5 m/s)
4th 4 × 100 m relay 40.80
World Junior Championships Beijing, China 7th 100m 10.47 (wind: -0.5 m/s)
54th (h) 200m 25.57 (wind: -0.6 m/s)
2007 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands 2nd 100 m 10.41   (1.2 m/s)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 4 × 100 m relay 38.06
2010 NACAC U23 Championships Miramar, Florida, United States 4th 100m 10.19 (wind: +1.7 m/s)
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 29th (h) 100 m 10.26
9th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 38.61

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete biography: Keston Bledman". Beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 2008-09-09. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Laurence, Kwame. "IAAF: Keston Bledman | Profile - Focus on Athletes Biography". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Tyson Gay runs world-best 100 this year in Clermont". Orlando Sentinel. 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Lawrence, Kwame (2012-06-25). Bledman wins Trinidad and Tobago title in 9.86. IAAF. Retrieved on 9 July 2012.
  5. ^ https://www.olympic.org/london-2012/athletics/4x100m-relay-men
  6. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Keston Bledman Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Men's 100m". 22 August 2016. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 

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