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Jereem Richards (born 13 January 1994) is a Trinidadian track and field sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres and 400 metres events. Richards is from Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago, and attends the University of Alabama. He was part of the Trinidad and Tobago team that won the bronze medal in the 4×400 m relay at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[2] and the gold medal in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.[3]

Jereem Richards
Jereem Richards (cropped).jpg
Personal information
NationalityTrinidadian
Born (1994-01-13) 13 January 1994 (age 25)
Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)200 metres, 400 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200 m: 19.97 (Lexington, USA 2017)
400 m: 45.21 (Freeport, Bahamas 2017)

CareerEdit

Richards' first major competition was the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. There, he ran the third leg of Trinidad and Tobago's 4x400m relay squad, which won the bronze medal.

2017 became a breakout season for Richards; he opened his season with a wind-assisted 19.98, and 16 days later he ran his first legal sub-20 with 19.97 seconds, lowering his personal best by over half a second. He won the national 200, title in 20.15 seconds, allowing him to compete at the IAAF World Championships in London later that year. He also improved his 400m personal best by 7/10ths of a second with 45.27.

Richards made his outdoor world championship debut at the IAAF World Championships in London. Competing in the 200m, he ran the fastest time in the heats of 20.05, and the next day he won his semi-final in 20.14 seconds. He then went on to win the bronze medal in the final; Ramil Guliyev of Turkey won gold in 20.09 seconds, while Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa beat Richards to the silver medal by exactly 1/1000 of a second. Van Niekerk clocked 20.106, while Richards clocked 20.107. Richards stated that his race had been undermined when he slipped coming out of his blocks. "I tried my best not to let it affect me too much," he said. "At the turn I wasn't in contention really, so to get a medal from there is a great achievement." Three days later, he ran the second leg for Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's 4x400m relay, making considerable ground of the USA's Gil Roberts before handing the baton to Machel Cedenio. The team ultimately went on to win gold.[4]

In September later that year, Richards announced that he was turning professional, and foregoing his final year of collegiate eligibility; he signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.[5] Despite turning pro, he remains enrolled at Alabama to continue work towards his degree.

In March 2018, he competed in the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, as the second leg of Trinidad and Tobago's 4x400m relay squad. Despite being the defending champions, they ultimately came fourth. Richards tried to overcome Poland on the second leg but remained third on the second lap. Lalonde Gordon gave up on the line, giving Belgium the bronze.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2018 CEG bio
  2. ^ "WORLD INDOORS BRONZE!". Trinidad Express. 11 March 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Trinidad & Tobago Upsets U.S. For Men's 4x400m World Title - FloTrack". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  4. ^ "Trinidad & Tobago Upsets U.S. For Men's 4x400m World Title - FloTrack". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  5. ^ "Trinidad & Tobago World Medalist Jereem Richards Signs With adidas - FloTrack". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  6. ^ "Alabama Track & Field's Jereem Richards to Begin Professional Career - Alabama Athletics". Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2017-12-02.

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