Young but already has the attention of the track and field world taking notice every time he steps on the track, that’s Machel Cedenio.

 

  In  2011 he won the boys under-17 400m title at the Carifta Games in Jamaica in 47.37secs and he followed that up by winning the 200m title, later in the year he went on the make the final in the 400m at the World Youth Championships in Lile, France, he finished 4th in 46.89secs. In 2012 he continued his progression making the final of the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in the 400m finishing 5th in 46.17secs.

 

One of Cedenio’s most talked about races in his career thus far, has been the Boys under-20 400m final at the 2013 Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas. There he gave us a taste of his amazing closing speed in the 400m, with 60m to go, he was approximately 10 to 15m behind the front two from Bahamas and Jamaica but with that now trademark final kick Cedenio closed the gap and with a mighty lunge to the line won Gold in 45.93secs.

 

In 2014 Machel Cedenio retained his under-20 400m title at Carifta Games in 45.95secs in final year at the Carifta Games. His performances following Carifta Games showed everyone that he was ready to battle with seniors, winning the Cayman Island Invitational in 45.23secs. He followed that by winning the 400m at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in 45.13secs a new national junior record.

 

2015 being a world championship year, Machel Cedenio began the year setting a new personal in April, his time 45.09secs, he returned to the Cayman Island Invitational as defending champion, there he faced another talented youngster Javon Francis of Jamaica. The race was a blur, he left everyone in his wake and crossed  the line in a new personal best time of 44.36secs that stunned everyone .`

 

He followed that up by getting the  first major scalp of his young career beating 2 time world champion and 2008 Olympic Champion La Shawn Merritt in 44.97 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. 

 

His expected showdown with Olympic Bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon and 2009 World Championships Bronze medallist Renny Quow ended in an anticlimax; Cedenio crossed the line first in 44.29 but was later disqualified for lane infraction.

 

One can only hope that he puts that blunder behind him because he seems to be on to great things in the event.