Bittersweet victory for Trinidad and Tobago
With Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) now being promoted to gold-medal winners for the 4x100m relay from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Trinidad Express’s Kwame Laurence shared the mood in the Twin-Island Republic following the news of the Jamaicans’ disqualification.
“This is a response I got on social media from a fellow Trinbagonian: ‘This is bittersweet. Doesn’t feel as joyous as it should be.’ That reaction sums up the feeling in T&T. But there’s also joy for the belated gold for Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Richard ‘Torpedo’ Thompson and alternate Aaron Armstrong,” Laurence shared.
“We love Usain Bolt in T&T as much as in other countries, bar Jamaica, so we feel for Bolt. We celebrated his triple-triple, so it’s sad to see him lose it because of another athlete’s poor judgment. At the same time, though, we take pride in our sprinters having competed fairly, so we are happy to get Olympic gold number three. We’re disappointed that the nation did not get the opportunity to hear the anthem played at the Bird’s Nest in 2008, so we’re hopeful a big deal will be made of the gold-medal presentation when it happens,” Laurence continued.
Japan has been promoted to the silver medal, with Brazil getting the bronze.