Record Masters medal haul for T&T
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago captured their highest medal count ever in the World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which climaxed in Brazil on Sunday. T&T completed the event with an all-time-high medal tally of 18, improving on the seven medals earned at the 2011 World Masters meet in California, USA.
The Trinidadians claimed three relay medals on the final day of action and ended the championships with four gold medals, seven silver and seven bronze. Leading the way was double individual bronze medallist Martin Prime, who guided the men's 50-54 4x100 metres team to silver in 46.10 seconds. The T&T combination of Prime, Lester Herbert, Raymond Smith and Dave Massiah finished behind Great Britain (45.67). The same quartet went on to bag bronze in the 4x400m.
Prime left Brazil with five medals, the most captured by any T&T athlete at the global biennial meet.
Putin: No discrimination against gays at Olympics
SOCHI, Russia (AP):
Russian President Vladimir Putin promised yesterday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fuelled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda". Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC President Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.
"On my own and on your behalf, I have assured Mr President (Bach) that we will do our best, and our athletes and fans will do their best, too, so that both participants and guests feel themselves comfortable at Sochi Olympics, regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation," Putin said. "I would like to underline that."
Preparations for the Sochi Olympics have been overshadowed by international criticism of a recently enacted Russian law, outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors", which many worry may apply to gay athletes and visitors to the Games