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Aug 6, 2012

Kenneth Medwood’s hurdles at the Olympics

On Friday, Kaina Martinez gave us hope with her performance in the one hundred meter sprint at the 2012 London Olympics. She place second in the qualifying race, but did not move on after round one. The other Belizean, Kenneth Medwood, however, made it to the semi-finals in the men’s four hundred meter hurdles. He competed on Saturday and placed fifth in his race; that didn’t qualify him for the finals, but it was a first for Belize. On this morning’s Open Your Eyes, Medwood spoke via phone about his experience at the Olympics.


Via Phone: Kenneth Medwood, Belizean Athlete

“It was a great experience. It’s something I expected but nonetheless, it was an experience in itself because I’ve never been to the games.”


Marleni Cuellar

“Now, Kenneth talk to us a bit about the process of preparing for your first race.”


William Neal

“And calming your nerves.”


Marleni Cuellar

“And having seen all the other athletes prepare; what was that like for you?”


Via Phone: Kenneth Medwood

“Well, it was no different than normal competition because most of the athletes, I’ve actually competed against. So seeing them, it made things feel a bit more normal. So for me, it was just the reassurance that I deserve to be here just as much as they were.”


William Neal

“What was the strategy that you were hoping to employ as you participated in the race?”


Via Phone: Kenneth Medwood

“Just to get my feet high enough for the first hurdle and be as efficient as possible over the hurdles so that I don’t have to slow down as quickly and try to come home as strong as possible, maintaining my step into the last three hurdles.  It was amazing; words can’t even express how I felt. All my hard work and all the support that I had basically came to life and it was well worth it.”


Via Phone: Sonny Meighan

“We all had tears in our eyes when Kaina qualified first then Kenny afterwards. We were all ecstatic; we had our flags with us in the stands and yes, it was a great moment for us because it’s a first for both of them and for Belize overall really.”


Medwood says the event has re-motivated to prepare over the next four years for the Rio 2016.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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6 Responses for “Kenneth Medwood’s hurdles at the Olympics”

  1. Rod says:

    We should have sent this gov and pm to compete in the incompetence devision we would have surely brought home the gold.

  2. Belizean says:

    ROD stop ranting and raving mulling in your mud of negativity. I wonder what a person like you looks like? I have a very happy life compared to yours if I would judge by the way you comment!! hahaha

  3. Louisville,Ky says:

    It is indeed heart warming to see our athletes perform on the international stage knowing fully well that they continue to do so without the full support of governmental or corporate assistance. I really don’t know what it’s going to take for the powers that be to realize the more of that God given talent and abilities our youth expend in the field of athletics, the less inclination they will have for mischievious pursuits.
    Let me hasten to say that sports is not a panacea for all the ills of our young folk but I would bet my bottom dollar, fully believing that if they have goals and aspirations and natural abilities in any discipline, the honing of those skill sets would shift their focus from a life of crime and violence to more worthwhile things.
    It seems to me that those who have the financial abilities to assist, just do not care to do so.

  4. Storm says:

    I was impressed by all of our Olympians. It’s not an easy thing to reach the level of excellence to get invited there. Congratulations to all of them. I just hope their efforts will be the seed of a private movement to identify and support training of future athletes to compete — it’s a 100% positive activity, something the Jewel needs desperately, [Assuming such a movement doesn't get politicized and corrupted like the football association did.]

  5. michael Mills says:

    we have a ways to go but we will get there. Just lie our Jamaican cousins.

  6. lisa says:

    was proud to see my country. hopefully the government can give more to help future athletes.

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