Keston Bledman is an Olympic silver medallist, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter having performed leadoff leg duties in the men’s 4x100 metres relay at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Bledman added Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championship men’s 100 metres gold to his medal collection, at the 2011 edition of the meet, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Earlier in the 2011 season, he had joined the sub-10 club, clocking 9.93 seconds at the National Training
In his build-up to the London Olympics, Bledman has produced three more legal sub-10 runs: 9.89 seconds in Florida, USA on May 26, 2012; 9.93 at the adidas Grand Prix in New York two weeks later; and 9.86 in Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 24, the personal best clocking earning him gold at the 2012 National Open Championships.
The 24-year-old sprinter is now joint-second, with quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon, on the all-time T&T performance list, just behind double Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson (9.85).
In his very first international outing, Bledman earned precious metal, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter bagging bronze at the 2005 World Youth Championships, in Marrakech, Morocco.
In 2006, Bledman enjoyed a successful campaign on the regional junior circuit, earning silver at both the Carifta Games and the CAC Junior Championships.
At the Carifta meet, in Guadeloupe, Bledman finished second to Jamaica’s Remaldo Rose in the boys’ under-20 100 metres final. And running in front of his home crowd, at CAC Juniors, Bledman was beaten to the line in the century by another Jamaican, Yohan Blake.
At the World Junior Championships, in Beijing, China, Bledman finished seventh in the final. Blake and Rose were third and fourth, respectively.
In April 2007, Bledman saw Blake’s back once again, finishing second to the Jamaican in the Carifta Games boys’ under-20 100 metres final, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
But three months later, Bledman enjoyed the last laugh. Competing in his final under-20 meet, the Pan American Junior Championships, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bledman struck gold, forcing Blake to settle for silver.
In 2008, Bledman got his first taste of Olympic glory.
Bledman is a family-focused young man. In fact, he says his biggest interest outside of track and field is “being with family, loved ones and close friends”.
Bledman appreciates the encouragement he got early in his career from his mother and grandmother, as well as his father Kenny Bledman and sister Racine Bledman.