Rondel Sorrillo

Full Name: Rondel Kelvin Sorrillo
Born: January 21, 1986 (age 32 years)
Birthplace: La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago
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Disciplines: 100 m, 200 m

Career Highlights

2014

  • 3rd, 4x100m relay finals, 38.10 secs (with Keston Bledman, Marc Burns and Richard Thompson) XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland, July 23rd– August 3rd

2012

  • 100 metres semi-finals; 200 metres heats, Games of the XXX Olympiad, London, July 25th– August 12th

2011

  • 7th, 200 metres, 20.34, 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Daegu, South Korea, September 3rd
  • 2nd, 200 metres, 20.64 secs, Central American and Caribbean Championships, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 15th-17th
  • 2nd, 4 x 100 metres relay (preliminary heats only), 38.89 secs (with Emmanuel CallenderDarrel BrownAaron Armstrong, and Keston Bledman), Central American and Caribbean Championships, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 15th– 17th

2010

  • 1st, 4×100 metres, 38.24 secs (with Keston Bledman, Marc Burns and Emmanuel Callender) Central American and Caribbean Games, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, July 24th– 30th
  • 2nd, 200 metres, 20.59 secs, Central American and Caribbean Games, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, July 18th– August 1st

2009

  • 13th, 200 metres semi-final, 20.63 secs, Twelfth IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Berlin, Germany, August 15th– 23rd
  • 1st, 200 metres, 20.62 secs, NAAA’s 2009 Championships, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2nd, 200 metres, 20.72 secs, XXII Central American and Caribbean Championships, Havana, Cuba, July 3rd-7th
  • 1st, 4×100 metres, 38.73 secs, XXII Central American and Caribbean Championships, Havana, Cuba, July 3rd-7th  

2008

  • 21st, 200 metres quarter-final, 20.63 secs, Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing, China, August 8th-24th   
  • 2nd, 200 metres, 20.71 secs, Central American and Caribbean Championships, Cali, Colombia, July 4th-6th

2007

  • 3rd, 4×100 metres relay, 39.92 secs, North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships, San Salvador, El Salvador, July 13th– 15th         

2006

  • 3rd, 4×100 metres relay, 39.98 secs, North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 Championships, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 7th– 9th  

Awards/Titles

  • Five-time All-America Selection, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Interesting Facts

  • Chosen to represent TT in the 2012 London Olympic Games at 100 metres, 200metres and 4 x 100 metre relay.
  • Specializes in the 200 meters and has represented T&T at two Olympic Games including Beijing 2008.
  • First five-time All-America selection in a single track season in KentuckyUniversity track history (winner of three outdoor honours and two indoor awards) in 2009.
  • Held the second all-time 60-metre indoor best (6.60 secs) at Kentucky University, 2009.

Biography

Rondel Sorrillo trained hard to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. “In training I have been working more on my 100m”, he professed. There were several things that differentiated Rondel’s training in the 2012 season from prior seasons. Rondel pointed out that he was working on two of his weaknesses, which were getting out of the blocks and his landing after being in mid-flight during the race.

A truly an all-round sprinter, he qualified for participation in three events at the 2012 Olympics. He placed 34th overall in the first round of the men’s 200m and he even made it to the semis of the men’s 100m. Sorrillo was also a reserve member of the 4x100m relay team that won bronze, although he did not actually run in the event and consequently did not receive a medal. However, the Olympic Games were a learning experience for this talented athlete, who had made his professional debut in 2008.

Sorrillo once held the national record in the 200m, in a time of 20.16 seconds which he clocked in the 2011 National Championships, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. At the 2011 Samsung IAAF Diamond League in Italy, he won bronze in the 200m in 20.68 seconds.

Sorrillo has not only concentrated on improving in the 200m, his specialty, but also in the 100m. He ran a personal best of 10.03 secs for the 100m at the 2012 national championships, placing third.

In 2008, he made a name for himself when he became the first and only athlete to conquer the iconic Usain Bolt in that year. Sorrillo beat Bolt into second place in the heats of the men’s 200m in Beijing.

Sorrillo has maintained his affable, approachable persona in spite of his success. He was determined to perform creditably at the Olympics and he did just that at the 2012 Games making it to the semi-finals in the 100 metres. He followed this up with a 2014 bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, held in Scotland, where he and his teammates ran brilliantly in the 4x100m relay.

Sorrillo has found support from his family: parents, Kelvin and Pearl Sorrillo, and his sisters, Adiba and Abiola and hopes to make the 2016 Olympics a medal-winning one.

Education

  • Sans Souci R.C. Primary School, Sans Souci Village, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Toco Secondary, Toco, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vessigny Government Secondary School, Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • University of Kentucky, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

  • Point Fortin Civic Center Jets (Trinidad)
  • Petrotrin Palo Seco (Trinidad)
  • La Brea Athletics (Trinidad)

 

Personal Best – Outdoor
Performance  

Wind

Place

Date

100 Metres

10.03

1.4 Port-of-Spain

23/06/2012

200 Metres

20.16

1.6 Port-of-Spain

14/08/2011

 

Personal Best – Indoor
PERFORMANE   Wind

Place

Date

60 Metres

6.60

Blacksburg,VA

05/02/2010

6.60

Lexington,KY

28/02/2009

200 Metres

20.72

College Station,TX

13/03/2009

300 Metres

33.47

Boston(Roxbury), MA

05/02/2011

 

Progression – Outdoor

 

Season

Performance

Wind

Place

Date

100 Metres

2012

10.03

1.4 Port-of-Spain

23/06/2012

2011

10.17

1.0 Port-of-Spain

13/08/2011

2010

10.19

1.3 Knoxville,TN

16/05/2010

2009

10.22

0.3 Fayetteville,AR

12/06/2009

2008

10.33

1.2 Port-of-Spain

21/06/2008

200 Metres

2012

20.42

0.0 Baie Mahault

01/05/2012

2011

20.16

1.6 Port-of-Spain

14/08/2011

2010

20.29

0.6 Greensboro,NC

29/05/2010

2009

20.45

-0.2 Fayetteville,AR

11/06/2009

2008

20.43

1.9 Port-of-Spain

20/06/2008

 

Progression – Indoor

 

Season

Performance

Wind

Place

Date

60 Metres

2010

6.60

Blacksburg,VA

05/02/2010

2009

6.60

Lexington,KY

28/02/2009

200 Metres

2010

20.98

Fayetteville,AR

12/03/2010

2009

20.72

College Station,TX

13/03/2009

300 Metres

2011

33.47

Boston(Roxbury), MA

05/02/2011

 

Honours

 

Rank

Performance

Wind

Place

Date

200 Metres
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics

7

f

20.34 0.8 Daegu

03/09/2011

12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics

6

sf

20.63 0.0 Berlin

19/08/2009

The XXIX Olympic Games

4

qf

20.63 0.3 Beijing(National Stadium)

18/08/2008

 

 

 

 

Year    Competition    Venue Position           Event   Notes

Representing Trinidad and Tobago

 

2007    NACAC Championships        San Salvador, El Salvador      Bronze            4×100 m relay             39.92

 

2008    Central American and Caribbean Championships      Cali, Colombia            Silver 200 m 20.71

 

2009    Central American and Caribbean Championships      Havana, Cuba             Silver 200 m 20.72

Gold    4×100 m relay             38.73

 

2010    Central American and Caribbean Games        Mayagüez, Puerto Rico           Gold    200 m 20.59 s

Gold    4×100 m relay             38.24 s

 

2011    Central American and Caribbean Championships      Mayagüez, Puerto Rico           Silver 200 m 20.64 s

Silver 4×100 m relay             38.89 s

 

 

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