LSU Track Alum Thompson Anchors Trinidad to Commonwealth Bronze
BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – LSU Tiger alum and international sprint star Richard Thompson wrapped up his appearance at the 20th Commonwealth Games by anchoring Trinidad & Tobago to a bronze medal in the men’s 4x100-meter relay final with a time of 38.10 seconds in the event held Saturday night at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.
Thompson teamed with his fellow countrymen Keston Bledman, Marc Burns and Rondell Sorrillo to take home the relay bronze and win his first career medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Trinidad & Tobago, the two-time defending Olympic silver medalists in the men’s 4x100-meter relay, followed a qualifying run of 38.33 in the preliminary round on Friday with a run of 38.10 on Saturday to trail the gold medalists from Jamaica (37.58) and the silver medalists from England (38.02) in the final. Jamaica’s winning 37.58 with Usain Bolt running the anchor leg set a new Commonwealth Games record in the event.
Rounding out the finalists were South Africa with a national record of 38.35 for fourth place, Bahamas with a time of 39.16 for fifth place, Nigeria with a time of 40.17 for sixth place and Antigua & Barbuda with a time of 40.45 for seventh place in the men’s 4x100-meter relay. Canada was the lone finalist that did not finish the race.
By winning the Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the sprint relay, Thompson adds another medal to his resume in a major international competition. He is already a three-time Olympic silver medalist by winning a silver medal in both the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay in 2008 before defending his country’s Olympic silver medal in 2012. Thompson also anchored Trinidad & Tobago to the silver medal in the sprint relay at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics during the 2009 outdoor season.
In other action, Lady Tiger sophomore All-American Chanice Chase wrapped up this year’s Commonwealth Games by anchoring Canada to a fifth-place finish in the women’s 4x400-meter relay final.
Chase, a finalist in the women’s 400-meter hurdles earlier in the meet, and her Canadian teammates turned in a time of 3 minutes, 32.45 seconds for fifth place overall. Jamaica again won the gold medal by posting the Commonwealth Games record of 3:23.82, followed by silver medalists Nigeria with a time of 3:24.71 and bronze medalists England with a time of 3:27.24.
Canada also trailed fourth-place Australia (3:30.27) in the 4x400-meter relay final, but took fifth place head of Trinidad & Tobago (3:33.50) in sixth place and Bahamas (3:34.86) in seventh place in the race. Also running in the final was India, which was disqualified.