Meet Marc Burns
Born in Trinidad on January 7, 1983, Marc Burns is a sprint athlete from Trinidad and Tobago specializing in the 100 metres and the 4x100 metres.While participating at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he was disqualified from the 100 metres heat, thus failing to make it through to the second round.Burns placed second in the men's 100 metres dash at the Bislett Games, IAAF Golden League meet in Oslo in July 2005, in preparation for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. At the 2005 World Championships, he won a silver medal along with team-mates Kevon Pierre, Jacey Harper and Darrel Brown. Later that year he won the World Athletics Final.At the 2006 Commonwealth Games he won a bronze medal after participating in the over 100 metres.At the London Grand Prix in 2008, he ran a season’s best time of 9.97 seconds coming second behind former world record holder Asafa Powell.In the 2008 Summer Olympics he competed at the 100 metres sprint and placed 2nd in his heat after Samuel Francis in a time of 10.46 seconds. He qualified for the second round in which he improved his time to 10.05 seconds, eventually winning his race. Together with Keston Bledman, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson, Burns competed at the 4x100 metres relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In their qualification heat they placed first, closking in a time of 38.26, which was the fastest of all sixteen teams participating in the first round ensuring their qualifying spot at the final. Armstrong was replaced by Emmanuel Callender for the final race and they sprinted to a time of 38.06 seconds, the second time after the Jamaican team, winning the silver medal.In 2002, Burns won the Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Silver (for Athletics) the Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold in 2008. Renny Quow is one of the seventeen athletes who will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at this year’s Olympics in London.