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Trinidad and Tobago's women finished fifth in the 4x100m relay at Rio 2016 but a woman from the country still has to win an Olympic medal ©Getty Images

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) is set to launch its "Future is Female" programme, an initiative focused on assisting the country’s women athletes to break their Olympic medal drought.

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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.

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THE AMBITION of the national governing body for athletics, the National Association of Athletics Administrators (NAAA), to develop a cadre of well-rounded, high performing junior track and field athletes, will become a reality thanks to a strategic partnership with the Elite Development and Performance Unit (EDPU) of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago, and the National Gas Company (NGC).

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A hearing took place in Lausanne last week following Nesta Carter's retests ©Getty Images

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is poised to learn his fate after an International Olympic Committee (IOC) disciplinary panel met to discuss his results following retests of Beijing 2008 doping samples.

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FORMER national goalkeeper Shaka Hislop came out in defence of the Trinidad and Tobago athletes at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee Annual Gala Awards on Thursday, saying that individuals should look at themselves before criticising the nation’s athletes.

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Pan Am Games gold medallist Cleopatra Borel has advised young people to “shake it off and step up” when faced with adversity.

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