T&T's Cedenio pumped and ready for nationals

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May 31, 2016
@Normal:Javon Francis (right) grimaces as he heads towards the line with the United States' Lashawn Merritt (left), Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio (second right) and Great Britain and the Northern Islands' Martyn Rooney in the final of the men's 4x400m at the World Championships in Beijing, China. The USA won, T&T placed second, Great Britain third and Jamaica fourth.<\n>

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Trinidadian quarter-miler Machel Cedenio says he has already taken aim at the National Championships here late next month as he continues his build-up to the Rio Olympics in August.

The 20-year-old has had a solid start to the international season and ran fourth on Sunday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, behind reigning Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada.

"All is going good so far. I'm mentally prepared. I'm physically prepared, so I'm taking one step at a time," he said about the upcoming National Championships.

Cedenio has made a steady progression through his career. Just two years ago in Oregon, he was being crowned World Junior champion, and last year, he cruised to silver at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

He stormed to victory in the Stockholm Diamond League last year in 44.97 and produced a season's best 44.68 earlier this month in Qatar to run second behind former World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Cedenio, who picked up silver in the 400m relay at the Beijing World Championships last year, said while he was not entirely pleased with Sunday's outing, he was already looking at the bigger picture.

"It was a good race. I didn't execute it the way I was supposed to ... but I came fourth. It was not quite what I wanted, but I thank God for a healthy run," he said.

"I'm taking all these meets as training because we are all preparing for the Olympics. All this is part of the lead-up."

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