4x400 Mens team wins ANOC Award for best male athlete
Trinidad and Tobago was once again placed on the map by the T&T 4x400 team which won the Best Male Athlete of the Year Award for the Americas at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards in the Czech Republic.
Jarrin Solomon, Lalonde Gordon, Jereem Richards, Machel Cedenio and Renny Quow won the award for their exceptional performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London in August, where they won gold, the first ever for T&T.
In accepting the award, gold medalist Jarrin Solomon expressed his gratitude noting that it meant a great deal to T&T.
"This is a great honour and this is why we do what we do. First of all, we would like to thank God for this honour because without him none of us will be up here tonight. Next, obviously we want to thank ANOC for this prestigious award, it's something that we dreamt of and this is one of the biggest honours from Trinidad and Tobago that we've had in history and so to be recognized for it is wonderful."
ANOC presented the awards for the Best Male Athlete of 2017 and the Best Female Athlete of 2017 from each continent.
Awards for Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to the Olympic Movement Awards 2017 were also presented.
The prestigious ANOC Awards, taking place in Prague, celebrates outstanding sporting performances from the past year by athletes from Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Americas. Continental Associations were asked to monitor athletes’ performances across the International Federations’ World Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix events which took place this year.
The 2017 ANOC Awards took place on the occasion of the XXII (22nd) ANOC General Assembly held on November 2-3 in Prague.