Prime Brings Home Bronze in 60m Sprint
Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 22, 2017
National Masters athlete, Martin Prime, ran away with the bronze medal in the 60m sprint at the 2017 World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The TSTT Network Engineer finished in a time of 7.65 seconds, in a bid to defend his title as he competed in his final year in the 50-54 age group. Prime was just 0.15 seconds behind race winner, Bontempts Francouis of France and 0.03 seconds behind Japan’s Urayama Kazuhiro, who finished second.
The ZC Athletics member however anticipated that this year would be a bit more challenging, given that he would be coming up against younger runners just entering the age group while he is on his way out. He was nonetheless confident of medalling based on the work he put in prior to the event and thanked everyone including TSTT for their support in getting him to Daegu.
“I am very excited to have won a medal. I thank God for blessing me on this victory; third fastest on this planet at the Championships,” said Prime. “I must thank TSTT for getting me here and my entire TSTT family for always supporting me.”
Prime then turned his attention to the 200m event which he also competed in but was unable to qualify for the final. He advanced to the semi final round with a 25.25 second finish behind Canada’s Christian Lemassif who finished first in 24.71 seconds in the prelims, but finished 5th in his heat in the semi-finals.
His performance was more than enough to satisfy his sponsor, bmobile, prompting praise and congratulations. “bmobile is proud of Martin’s ongoing success at the World Masters events. Whether he is representing T&T at the championships, coaching the young members of his athletics club in Marabella or serving customers as an engineer at TSTT, Martin consistently demonstrates the persistence and commitment to quality that has enabled him to defy time. For us he personifies the endurance and resilience of bmobile services,” said TSTT’s Senior Manager Enterprise Marketing, Rolph Young.
Also representing T&T in the 60m but in the 55-60 age group was Raymond Smith, also of ZC Athletics. Smith finished 5th in the finals of that race in 7.96 seconds. Robert Foster of the United States was first, while Japan’s Yasuhisa Yuji was second.