FLORIDA, United States — The successes of retired Trinidad and Tobago track star Ato Boldon have continued off the track.
Boldon, a four-time Olympic medallist and T&T’s most decorated track athlete of all time, has been named as one of the best television analysts of the year by Sports Illustrated.
The 42-year-old former sprinter, who celebrates his birthday on Friday, and NBC’s Roddy Gaines were named joint best television analysts of the year by Sports Illustrated when it announced its best and worst media awards for 2016.
Boldon was awarded because of his insightful and educational commentary during the 2016 Olympics held in Brazil.
According to Sports Illustrated, “Boldon educates track viewers through his preparation, and when you listen to him, you realize how rare it is to have a sports TV analyst make you a smarter viewer. The high point for me was when Boldon tipped Japan for a medal in the 4×100-metre men’s relay prior to that Olympic race.”
“This is a sleeper team,” Boldon had said. “They ran an Asian-record 37.68 in their heat, beating Jamaica, and they pass the baton better than anyone else in this field…Some teams practice for a month or a week. Japan has been practicing for the entire year.”
The Japan team finished second in a new Asian-record time of 37.60 seconds, just 0.33 behind Usain Bolt and his Jamaican teammates.