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Cleopatra Borel is the quintestial patriot, whether it is Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games or CAC Games, Cleopatra has made herself available to represent Trinidad and Tobago.

 For the  last 15 years,  Borel has been a stalwart not just for women sport and women track and Field but more specific the field events, along with another stalwart  Candice Scott who competed in Hammer Throw, Cleopatra Borel  has been the face women track and field in this country.

 From her first time representing Trinidad and Tobago internationally at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England,  the result though wasn’t what she expected of herself, she finished 4th in the Shot Put with a best of 16.27m. In 2003 her best performance was at the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CAC) in St. George’s, Grenada there she won Silver with a distance of 16.46m.

 

In 2004 she began the  year with a huge 19.48m throw in Blacksburg, Virginia, a personal best and national record, her best outdoor performance.  The IAAF World Indoor Championships, in Istanbul, Turkey was next for Borel, there she could only manage 11th in the qualifying round with a best 18.19m. The 2004 Athens Olympics was to be her debut Olympic Games, there she showed what she is capable of with a best distance of 18.90m in the qualifying round saw Cleopatra Borel make the top twelve to advance to the Shot Put final, in the final her best distance was 18.35m.

 

In 2005 she again won Silver at the CAC Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, her best distance being 18.05m, the following year she returned to the Commonwealth Games which was held in Melbourne, Australia, she won Bronze in the Shot Put with 17.87m; she followed that with another Bronze medal this time at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

 

In 2007 at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she won Bronze with a  distance of 18.22m, she also had standout performances at the World Indoor Championships, she finished 7th with a best of 18.47m and at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany, there she placed 5th with a distance of 18.66m.

 

In 2008 at the CAC Championships in Cali, Colombia she won Gold with a distance of 18.10m, her next big competition the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in China, she finished 17th in the qualifying round with a best of 17.96m and failed to advance to the final. The final meet of the year, IAAF World Athletics Final, which was once again being held in Stuttgart, Germany she finished 4th with a distance of 18.50m.

 

In 2009 she again won Gold at the CAC Championships with a distance of 17.98m, at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany she could only manage 13th in the qualifying round with a distance of 17.99m.

 2010 arguably one of her best years representing Trinidad and Tobago saw her winning Gold at the CAC Games, that was being held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, with a distance of 18.76m, she followed that by throwing her best distance at a major championship  to date, 19.00m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, earning her the Silver Medal.

 

The following year 2011, she continued her good form on the indoor and outdoor track and field circuit with her best performance coming on July 8th, in Paris Saint Denis, France, there she set an indoor best and national record of 19.42m. The World Championships once again had its highs and low for her, she qualified for the Shot Put Final but could only muster  17.62m in the final to finish 13th.

 

2011 did not end in disappointment though; she bounced back with Silver at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, her distance 18.46m.

 London 2012 Olympic Games in England, she would of had high hopes of at least making it to the final of the women Shot Put, sadly she missed out by one shot making it to the final, she finished 13th best with a distance of 18.36m. Following the completion of the Olympic Games, Borel got news that the Gold Medal winner tested positive for a banned substance.

 

With the conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Games, Cleopatra Borel considered retiring but was told by her sick father, to go for one more Olympic Games.

 

  The following year she changed coaches and began working with Ishmael Lopez who  is also the coach of Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott in Trinidad, having done that though her season was hampered by injury  and she was never able to perform at her best in 2013.

 

2014 saw her return with some solid performances through the IAAF Diamond League Series and other top meets. Her best performances though came representing Trinidad and Tobago at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland where she won Silver with a distance of 18.57m.

 

She followed that with 6th place finish at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, her best 18.68m. The season ended for her with Gold at the CAC Games, she won with distance of 18.99m.

 

This year she has already has  two throws over the 19m mark , with a season best 19.26m in Luzern, Switzerland. At the just concluded Pan Am Games where Trinidad and Tobago won the most medals in its history, Cleopatra Borel won the first of three Gold Medals this country won at the Games, her winning distance was 18.67m.

 

Cleopatra Borel became only the Sixth Pan Am Games Gold Medallist in this nation history and the first woman to win Gold.

 

With next month,  the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, we hope that she will have great performances there as well.


Written by Donnie Vincent.