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Trinidad & Tobago

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Trinbago 1st Olympic Gold Medal - Hasely Crawford

Edited by Kemet Newsletter (2014)

Hasely Joachim Crawford born August 16, 1950 is a former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago. In 1976, he became Trinbago first Olympic Gold champion and the first Olympic 100m champion from a Caribbean country. A stadium was renamed in his honour in 2001. Crawford was born in San Fernando Trinidad and Tobago, one of the eleven children of Lionel and Phyllis Crawford, and began pursuing athletics at the age of 17. He is a six-time Trinidad and Tobago 100 meters champion, and won the 200 meters title in 1976. He debuted internationally in 1970, winning a bronze medal in the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games. Only two years later, he surprisingly qualified for the 100 meters final of the Olympics in Munich, but pulled his hamstring after 20 meters and failed to finish. Crawford ran for Eastern Michigan University under coach Bob Parks during his college years.

During his reign as the 100 meters Olympic champion, he also appeared on postage stamps and was awarded Trinidad and Tobago's highest honour, the Trinity Cross, in 1978. For religious reasons this award was changed to The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


First Master of The Googly -Sonny Ramadhin

Edited by Kemet Newsletter (2014)

Sonny Ramadhin was born in Esperance Village in Trinidad and Tobago on the 1/May/1929. He was introduced to organized cricket at the Canadian Mission School in Duncan Village San Fernando. Sonny Ramadhin was the first player of East Indian descent to represent the West Indies Cricket Team. He is credited as the First Master of The Googly. Most of the cricket world says he was the inventor of the googly because he was the first practical successful performer. He could make the ball turn in either direction by a flick of his fingers or with an imperceptible turn of his wrist. His unorthodox attack was the off break spun with the middle finger down the seam: he ran, delivered and followed through in one quick whippy motion, an all-in-one type of action combined with accurate length, unerring direction and crafty variations of flight and pace.

The googly is the delivered of a ball designed to deceive the batsman in the game of cricket. When bowled, it appears spin as a leg break, but after being pitching, the ball spin in the opposite direction to that which is expected, behaving as an off break spin instead. An English man name Bernard Bosanquet is best-known for the googly in theory, but he never mastered it in the cricket game. While playing a table tennis game, Bosanquet devised a new technique for delivering a tennis ball, named the "googly". Ramadhin without knowledge of Bernard Bosanquet theory bowl his cricket ball with the same action so England called it the Googly.

His debut series was in 1950 in England. He and fellow spinner Alf Valentine dominated the English batting, taking 59 wickets between them. Up until then the West Indies had never won in nine previous tests on three previous tours of England, so when England won the first Test at Manchester by 202 runs there was little evidence of what was to follow: his historic match winning figures of 11-152 (5-66 and 6-86) in June of 1950 at Lords, along with his “spin twin” Alfred Valentine and the batting exploits of Rae, Worrell, Weekes, Walcott and Gomez had taken the West Indies to a resounding victory. West Indies won this series by three matches to one, which was their first series victory in England. When England returned to the West Indies in early 1954, Ramadhin took 13 wickets in the first two Tests and was instrumental in West Indies' victory. Sonny was awarded the Humming Bird Gold Medal in 1972, and the Chaconia Gold Medal in 1995


The Barefooted Runner & Hero - Mannie Dookie

Edited by Kemet Newsletter (2014)

Mannie Albert Dookie has the honour of being the First Athlete to represent Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) at an International sports meet. In 1934, during the British Empire Games which is now called the Commonwealth games, Mannie was Trinbago lone Athlete and the 19 year old was not intimidated as he carried the Red, White and blue Union Jack representing out colonized Nation. This 19-year-old Dookie ran barefoot on a blistering cinder track which tore his feet to shreds during the three-mile and six-mile events. He became known for his preference of running without shoes and was famously coined “The Barefoot Runner.”

Dookie was born into a family of modest means on February 3rd, 1915. His parents Thomas and Rita Dookie, lived on Delhi Street in St. James. They noted the slimy built youth’s talent, from the time he was a primary school student, and Dookie’s father would often boast of his son’s running. Dookie worked as a “milk boy” at the Trinidad Dairies to help out his family, while pursuing his passion for running in his free time. His well-publicized habit of shunning running shoes came about because he was initially unable to afford them.


First Ever Medal for Trinbago -Rodney Wilkes

Edited by Kemet Newsletter (2014)

Rodney Wilkes was called ‘The Mighty Midget’. Wilkes Won the First-Ever Medal for Trinbago at any international sporting event. He accomplished that feat when he captured the Silver medal, in the Featherweight Class of the Weightlifting competition, at the London Olympics in 1948.

At Just 17 years old, Rodney became the nation’s Featherweight champion in 1942, establishing records in the ‘press’, ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ divisions. Wilkes won Gold in his first International competition, the 1946 Caribbean and Central American (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. At the London Games Wilkes won Silver in the Featherweight class with final lifts of: 214.5lbs press, 214.5lbs snatch and 269.5lbs clean and jerk, for a combined total of 698.5lbs. Rodney’s success continued as he grabbed Gold medals in 1950 and 1951 at the CAC Games and Pan American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala and Buenos Aires, Argentina respectively. This was followed by a Bronze medal in the Featherweight class (322.5kg) at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.

 In 1954 Rodney won the final Gold medal of his career at the British Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver, Canada. Despite the rough 14-day trip by sea to Canada, Rodney blew away the competition and won Gold with 100lbs Press, 215lbs Snatch and 275lbs clean and jerk, finishing with a grand total of 690lbs. Although happy at being victorious, he was disappointed at not improving on the weight he had lifted in Buenos Aires in 1951, where he lifted a total of 715 lbs. Rodney barely missed out on a Bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia with a lift of 727.5 lbs. However, at the 1958 British Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, his final international appearance, he won a Bronze medal. He had ended his illustrious career on a good note.

With a plethora of accomplishments attached to his name, Wilkes retired from competitive weightlifting in 1960. He had won medals at all the major international events in which he competed, except for the World Championships in 1947 and the Olympic Games of 1956. His final tally was four Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals in the period 1946-1958. He served his country, Trinidad & Tobago, well and can truly be considered as a Legend in his own right.