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Marsha Mark-Baird with gold medal
Marsha Mark-Baird of Trinidad and Tobago (centre), celebrates after receiving her gold medal after her victory in the women's 40-44 long jump at the 2015 World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France. At left is silver medallist Nataliia Sorokina of the Ukraine and right, bronze medallist American Rachel Guest. (Photo courtesy-WMA)

Marsha Mark-Baird successfully defended her women's 40-44 heptathlon title on the fourth day of action at the 2016 World Masters Track and Field Championships at the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Perth, Australia on Saturday (October 29). On the second and final day of the two-day, seven-discipline Mark-Baird amassed 5390  points to take the gold. At the end of the first day she was in second place with a score of 3139 points behind American Rachel Guest (3206) after her 12.27sec effort in the 80m hurdles, 1.54m/High jump, 10.21m/Shot put and 28.10 sec/200m. However on Day two Mark-Baird moved ahead with a strong efforts in the long jump (5.40m) and javelin (38.50m) before clocking 2:40.23 in the 800m to retain the crown she won at the last World Champs in Lyon, France one year earlier. Guest took the sliver (5180) ahead of Sweden's Primrose Ulegård (3962). Mark, Baird, a two-time Olympian, won TT's first medal in Perth and will be aiming to defend her long jump title as well later in the championships.

Dwayne Caines secured the Red, White and Black's second medal when he sped to silver in the men's 35-39 100m finals in a wind aided time of 10.95 (2.5). Caines was beaten to the line by Lion Martinez of Sweden (10.94). Yusuke Shindo of Japan took bronze (11.01). Caines' silver medal run may have come as a surprise as he narrowly qualified for the finals. in the preliminaries held on Friday, he was slowest qualifier finishing ninth overall with 10.91 after finishing third in heat one. However, in the medal race, he kept his focus and crossed the line in second, though his medal winning time was slower than his run in the prelims.

Albert St. Louis had hopes of winning T&T's third medal of the day when he ran in the men's 40-44 100m finals but had to settle for fourth in 11.04 (3.4). St. Louis  was looking at improving on his silver in the event one year ago in Lyon, France but was beaten off the podium by Tamunonengiye Ossai of Great Britain (10.58), Ashly McMahon of Australian (10.67) and France's Steve Lucenay (10.78).  In the semi-finals on Friday St. Louis was fifth quickest (11.26). While in the prelims earlier in the day he was sixth fastest (11.11).

The 2016 World Masters Championships will run until November 6. At the 2015 edition  Trinidad and Tobago 13 medals (six gold, three silver and four bronze). Ayana Hutchinson (women 35-39 100m), Sasha Springer (women's 35-39 200m), Marsha Mark-Baird (women's 40-44 long jump, Heptathlon), Geraldine George (women's 40-44 javelin)  and women's 35-39 4x100m (Ayana Hutchinson, Sasha Springer, Donelle Stafford and Marsha Mark-Baird) all stuck gold. The women's 4x100  set a new world record in in their triumph.  Springer (women's 35-39 100m), Hutchinson (women's 35-39 200m) and Albert St. Louis (men's 40-44 100m) were also won silver while  St. Louis (men's 35-39 200m),  George (women's 40-44 shot put),  Smith (women's 50-54 shot put/javelin) returned home with bronze.

The T&T team competing in Perth received assistance from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

DAY Four (29th October)-Results
Heptathlon
W 40-44: GOLD Marsha Mark-Baird (TTO) 5390


100m
M 35-39: SILVER Dwayne Caines (TTO) 10.95/2.5
M 40-44: 4th Albert St. Louis (TTO) 11.04/3.4

400m hurdles preliims
M 45-49: 13th (6h1) Glen Williams (BAR) 1:07.16 dnq

DAY Three (28th October)-Results
100m prelims
M 35-39: 9th (3h1) Dwayne Caines (TTO) 10.91 q
M 40-44: 6th(2h1)  Albert St. Louis (TTO) 11.11Q
M 45-49: 15th (3h2) Philbert Ryce (TTO) 11.75 q

100m semis
M 40-44: 5th (2h2) St. Louis 11.26
M 45-49: 10th (4h3) Ryce 11.71 dnq

DAY Two (27th October)-Results
100m Finals
W 35-39: 7th Inga McIntyre (TTO) 12.66

5000m Race Walk
W 75-79: dq Ruth Frazer-Munroe (T&T)

DAY ONE (26th October)
8000m Cross Country
W 75-79; 7th Ruth Frazer-Munroe (T&T) 1:22.18.72 Women
35-39: 8th (3h1) Inga McIntyre (TTO) 12.63q, 13th (3h3) Donelle Stafford (TTO) 13.21
40-44: 21st Jeaneth Edwards (JAM) (7h1)13.87 dnq
50-54 prelims: 20th (4h5) Joan Hospedales (TTO) 14.82 dnq
55-59 prelims: 16th (5h1) Merle Jordan (BAR) 15.85 dnq

Mark-Baird retains World Masters Heptathlon title…Caines silver in 100m

T&T at the 2016 World Masters Track and Field Championships
Perth, Australia
October 26-November 6


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