By Clayton Clarke

Reigning World Championships 400m bronze medallist Renny Quow will compete in this weekend’s Sagicor Open National Track and Field Championships set for the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo this weekend. Quow’s manager Wayne Lewis confirmed that Quow will return from his Florida base to run in the men’s 400m. He said he has written to the NAAA asking for an exemption after Quow won the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Track and Field Championships in Puerto Rico on July 15 and automatically qualified for the World Championships set for Daegu, South Korea later this month. “I met NAAA Secretary Allan Baboolal during the Pan American Junior Championships in Florida and I asked him about Renny skipping the trials. Baboolal told me to send the request in writing which I did.”

Lewis told the T&T Guardian that it was only Monday he got a response that the request was denied.
“I felt that since he was the lone athlete making the A qualifier that he did not have to compete. I asked why but no reasons were given. He was training with the belief that he would have been granted the bye.” The Florida based manager said he was called by the NAAA requesting flight details for Renny which led him to conclude that the former junior champion did not have to run. “They called and asked where Renny would be leaving to Daegu and when. I told them Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. We continued to prepare after that believing that he would not have to run at the trials.”

However, Lewis added that he advised his charge to come home and compete. “I spoke with him and he is coming home. He will compete on the first day and leave on Sunday to return to Florida.” The IAAF listed manager revealed that another of his runner, Rondel Sorillo, will also compete. Meanwhile there is no decision yet on Jehue Gordon’s participation. His manager Emmanuel Hudson could not say yesterday what the decision was. “Jehue and his coach have to make that decision.” Gordon’s coach is NAAA second vice-president Dr Ian Hypolite. Hudson also said that Pilar Mc Shine is expected to face the starter in the women’s 1500m. Mc Shine grabbed bronze in the women’s 1500m at the CAC Championships in Puerto Rico. Contacted NAAA Games chairman Allan Baboolal said the start lists for the Championships would have been posted on the NAAA Web site late yesterday.