RICHARD “TORPEDO” THOMPSON (Athletics)
Richard Thompson was born June 7, 1985 to Ruthven & Judith Thompson of Cascade. He attended Queens Royal College in Trinidad and continued to pursue his track career at Louisiana State University in the United States.
In the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China, his first Olympic appearance Richard’s efforts were richly rewarded with two silver medals. The “Torpedo” as he is commonly known blazed the tracks to achieve his personal best time of 9.89 seconds in the Men’s 100m and as the final leg in the Men’s 4x100m Relay.
The Chaconia Gold Medal was awarded to Richard Thompson and his fellow teammates for their contribution to Sport at a National Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday 9th September, 2008 at the President’s House in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
- 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist (100 meters)
- 2008 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
- 2008 SEC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
- 2008 USTFCCCA South Central Region Male Track Athlete of the Year
- 4-time NCAA Champion
- 8-time All-American
- 4-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
- 5-time SEC Champion
- 8-time All-SEC
Thompson Bolts to Silver. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).
GEORGE BOVELL III (Swimming)
Born July 18, 1983 into a family of high-achieving athletes, the six-foot-five swimmer was blessed with the right gene pool from which to splash to his world-beating swimming exploits. His father, George II, was a top regional and successful university level swimmer, his mother Barbara ran in the 400 metres final for Barbados back in the 1972 Munich Olympics and his younger brother Nicholas has been a Carifta and regional standout in swimming.
Bovell's career climaxed with his world-record swim at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s swimming and diving championships in Long Island in March 2004, when he smashed the 200-metre IM world record by nearly a second, in a very fast 1:53.93. That performance was a near-perfect exhibition of his superb, effortless, yet efficient technique, as he glided over the water to victory, leaving his competitors floundering helplessly in his slipstream.
Despite the lofty pace of his accomplishments in the pool, having won four medals at last year’s Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo and also currently holding 46 Trinidad and Tobago record, Bovell is humble and laid-back. This humility, a trait that dates back to his pre-world-class swimming days, has endeared him to the T&T public and to his competitors. It, however, has not prevented him from maintaining his focus and determination to swim in those uncharted waters where no Trinidad and Tobago swimmer has swum before.
- 2004 Bronze medal and world, NCAA, and US open records, 200-metre IM, NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships, Long Island, New York
- 2003 Gold medals, 200-metre freestyle and 200-metre IM; silver medals, 100-metre freestyle and 100-metre back, Pan Am Games, Santo Domingo
- 2003 Gold medal and NCAA and US open record, 200-yard IM, NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships, Texas
Bovell Claims First Swimming Medal. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).
ATO BOLDON (Athletics)
1973: Ato is born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, to Guy and Hope Boldon.
1980: Ato's younger brother Okera is born.
1988: He leaves Trinidad for New York, where, while playing soccer, he is discovered by head track coach Joe Trupiano at Jamaica High School in Queens.
1989: Competes in his first track season, recording times of 10.83, 21.44 and 48.52 for 100, 200 and 400 meters, respectively.
1990: Moves to San Jose, California, where he becomes an All-State forward in soccer at Piedmont Hills High. It is the last time he plays organized soccer.
1991: He improves to 10.57 and 21.07 in this his senior year, finishing 3rd at the California State High School Championships at 200 meters.
1992: After his Olympic debut in Barcelona, Ato returns from the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea with 2 gold medals and some history. No one previously had won both the 100 and 200 meters at these Championships. The world's press heralds him as "The One to Watch" for the future. Ato records a 10.22 second best for 100 meters by the year's end.
1995: After winning the NCAA 200m title for UCLA, Ato surpasses Carl Lewis as the youngest-ever medalist in a World Championship 100 metre dash, at 21, taking bronze in 10.03 seconds. His 200 meters improves to 20.08 seconds.
1996: Ato sets the world lead early, with a 9.93 in April. Next, he sets a meet record in the NCAA 100m Championships with a 9.92, in June.
Then, in his second Olympic performance, Ato becomes a double-medalist, taking bronze in two world-record breaking races, the 100 and 200 metre dashes. He records 9.90 seconds for the 100 meters and 19.80 seconds for 200 meters, becoming one of only six men to ever run under 10 for 100 meters and under 20 for 200 meters. That 9.90 is still the collegiate record.
1997: After succumbing to injury in the 100m final at the World Championships, Ato returns 4 days later to win his first World Title in the 200 metre dash. It his country's first track gold medal in 21 years. He improves his times to 9.87 and 19.77, putting him in history's top 5 ever in both events.
2000: Ato takes silver (9.99 seconds) in the men's 100 metre sprint at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He takes bronze (20.20 seconds) in the men's 200 metre race.
Boldon Bags Four. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).
HASLEY CRAWFORD (Athletics)
Hasley Crawford was born August 16, 1950, and made his international debut at the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games in Panama City, Panama, where he made it to the 100 metres final. Later that same year, he went on to win bronze in the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1972, Crawford shocked the athletic world by making the final eight in the 100 metres Olympic final. Injury, however, prevented him from winning a medal for his country.
In 1975 he won Trinidad's only silver medal of the Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico. The following year, history was created when he won Trinidad and Tobago's first gold medal at the Olympic Games, in Montreal, Canada.
In 1978 he was a member of the team that won a gold medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Medelline, Colombia. That same year, he won a Commonwealth Games 100-metre bronze medal in Edmonton, Canada. Crawford became the third Trinidadian to compete in three Olympic games and the only one to attend four, as he went on to Moscow and Los Angeles in 1980 and 1984.
Crawford: The Golden Hero. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Dr. Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).
WENDELL MOTTLEY (Athletics)
Wendell Mottley was born on July 2, 1941, and enjoyed an athletic career from 1958 to 1967.
In 1958, he won the Under-17 100 yards in a record time of 10.1 seconds at the Queen's Royal College Sports.
In 1959, he was the Victor Ludorum at the same sports meet, with victories in the 100, 220, 440 and 880 yards.
In 1960 he went on to Yale University where he eventually obtained a BA degree in Economics.
In 1964 he established world marks in the following indoor events; 400 yards (48.0); 550 yards (55.5) and 600 (1.09.2).
The successful indoor season served him in good stead as he went on to win a silver medal in the 400 metres and bronze in the 4x400 metres relay at he Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, later that year.
In 1966, Mottley took part in his only Commonwealth Games and won gold medals in the 440 yards and the 4x440 yards on the world-record-establishing relay team.
One Lap Silver for Mottley. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Dr. Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).
EDWIN ROBERTS (Athletics)
Edwin Roberts first made an impression on the athletic world at Guaracara Park in 1961, when he defeated Milka Singh, who had placed fourth in the Olympic Games in Rome the previous year.
His international debut was made at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Kingston, Jamaica in 1962 when he won silver medals in the 200 metres and in the 4x100 metres relay, and a bronze in the 4x400.
Later in the year, he represented the country at he Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia, but was eliminated in the second round of both the 100 and 200 metre events.
He later accepted an athletic scholarship at the North Carolina College and was a regular on national teams from 1964 to 1972, winning gold in the 200 metres, and three silver medals in the 100 metres and both relays at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico in 1966.
In the same year, he won a bronze in 100 yards, silver in the 220 yards and shared in a world record of three minutes 2.8 seconds in the 4x440 yards relay in Kingston, Jamaica.
Four years later, Roberts won two silver medals in the 200 metres and 4x400 relay at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh Scotland. In his lone representation at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, in 1971, Roberts won bronze in the 200 metres as well as the 4x400 metres relay.
Edwin Roberts goes down in history as the individual who won this country's first Olympic medal in athletics when he won bronze in the 200 metres at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He also shared in a bronze in the 4x400-metre relay.
In 1968, he again represented T&T at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico, placing fourth in the 200 metres. He became the second Trinidadian to compete in three successive Olympic Games then bowed out of competition after the 1972 Olympic Games.
Roberts Secures Half-lap Bronze. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Dr. Basil A.Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012)
EDWIN SKINNER (Athletics)
KENT BERNARD (Athletics)
Born on May 27, 1942, Kent Bernard blossomed in the field of athletics when he won the Victor Ludorum at the Belmont Intermediate School in 1959 and 1960.
He then became a member of the Burnley Athletics School under the watchful eyes of coach George Clarke. From Trinidad, he obtained an athletic scholarship to Michigan State University and represented his University with such a degree of success that he was selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.
Bernard was a member of the bronze medal relay team at these Games. In 1966 he won silver and gold in the 440 yards and 4x440 yards events respectively at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.
At the commonwealth Games in 1970, he picked up silver in the 4x400 metres event in Edinburgh, Scotland; and ended his athletic career with bronze in the 4x400 metres at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.
RODNEY WILKES (Weightlifting)
Born on 11th March, 1925, Rodney Wilkes enjoyed a successful weightlifting career that spanned 1942 to 1960. Wilkes, made his first impression on the international scene winning a gold medal in the featherweight class at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Baranquilla, Colombia, in 1946. He retained this title four years later with another gold in Guatemala in 1950.
At the Pan-American Games level, Wilkes competed I the first Pan American Games in Buenos Aires in 1951 where he won gold. He was also the winner of a gold and bronze at the then British Empire and commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, and in Cardiff, Wales, in 1954 and 1958 respectively.
Rodney Wilkes took part in three Olympic Games, winning the first ever medal for Trinidad and Tobago when he was second to Fayad of Egypt in London, England in 1948. After the Olympic Games, he also won the British Empire Championships at the Scala Theatre four years later he went on to win a bronze with a total of 770 lbs. in Helsinki, Finland.
His Olympic career came to an end at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia where he ended up in fourth place with his highest total of 727 1/2 lbs.
Wilkes Leads the Way. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Dr. Basil A.Ince (Trinidad Express, 16 July 2012).
LENNOX KILGOUR (Weightlifting)
Lennox Kilgour, popularly known as "Gour", was born on May 5th, 1928 and commenced his weightlifting career at the tender age of 15. In 1946, he won the Trinidad and Tobago Junior Championships but suffered defeat in the Senior Championships.
Kilgour made his international debut at he Central American and Caribbean Games in Guatemala in 1950. From there he went on to the Pan American Games in 1951 where he came second to John Davis of the United States in the heavyweight division. He followed this up winning bronze at the Helsinki Olympics of 1952. "Gour" finally gave up competitive lifting after the 1956 Olympic Games held in Melbourne, Australia, when he came sixth in his event.
Kilgour Bags Bronze. An excerpt from "Olympian: 75 Years of Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sport" by Dr. Basil A. Ince (Trinidad Express, July 16 2012).