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Brathwaite takes NSC’s top title


Just weeks after being bestowed with the Silver Crown of Merit insignia and along with being chosen as the Barbados Olympic Association’s Athlete of the Year, Ambassador His Excellency Ryan Brathwaite has received yet another accolade, the National Sports Council’s 2012 Sports Personality of the Year.
Brathwaite’s performance at the London Olympic Games, where he finished fifth in the final of the Men’s 110 Metre Hurdles, was the deal-breaker. His selection is no surprise considering the lean year in terms of sporting achievements across the board.

The voting panel decided his Olympic performance placed him ahead of other sports personalities such as Ronald ‘Suki’ King and Kemar Roach. King retained his World Go As You Please title, while fast-bowler Roach has had a fantastic year for the senior West Indies Team.

This is the second time Brathwaite has received the award, the first being in 2009 after he had won the 110 Metre Hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin. It was at those championships that Brathwaite set a new National Record of 13.14 seconds to win the Gold Medal.

After those World Championships, Brathwaite’s form went through a very
noticeable slump and he even failed to make the final of the 110 Metre Hurdles at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. At that championship, he finished fifth in the opening round in 13.57 seconds.
Despite this he managed to make his way up the pinnacle of the sport in 2012, the Olympics, and work his way through the preliminary rounds and then onto the final.

Though not medaling, Brathwaite was the only Bajan to make it to a final at the prestigious event and his fight back up the standings to be among the world’s best in the final has not gone unnoticed.

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