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Horace Tuitt

Full Name: Horace Tuitt
Born: January 25, 1954 (age 60 years)
Birthplace: Trinidad
Height / Weight: 6'1" (185 cm) / 150 lbs (68 kg)
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Career Highlights

1977

  • 1st ,800m, 1:48.72,  Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Outdoor Championships, University of Florida

1976

  • 6th, 800m, 1:48.48sec; 4x400m final, 3:03.46sec, with Joseph Coombs, Charles Joseph, and Michael Solomon) Olympics, Montreal, Canada, Jul 17- August 1
  • 1st, 600y, 1:09.40sec, Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Indoor Championships, University of Florida
  •  1st, two-mile relay, 7:39.20sec, (with Thomas Doerr, Stephen Gomez and Noel Gray ) Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Indoor Championships, University of Florida
  •  1st , 880yds, 1:51.40; Mile Relay, 3:07.40 ( with Palmer Simmons, Clive Bariffe and Noel Gray) Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Outdoor Championships, University of Florida

1975

  • 1st, 880yd, 1:51.7sec;1st, mile-relay, 3:14.6sec, (with Beaufort Brown, Noel Gray, Winfred Alexander);1st, two-mile relay,  7:36sec, (with Frank Betts, Stephen Gomez, Winfred Alexander), Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Championships, University of Florida

1973

  • 1st, 800m, 1:52.4 sec; 2nd, 4×400 m, 3:18.6 sec (with Searl Pascall, Winston Mora-Scott, Michael Andrews), Carifta Games, Port – of – Spain, Trinidad, May 4-5

1972

  • 1st, 800m, 1:52.5sec;2nd, 400m, 48.4sec;2nd, 4x400m, 13:88.3sec, CARIFTA Games, Bridgetown, Barbados, Michael Andrews  Roy Astor Winston Mora-Scott, April 1-4

Interesting Facts

  • Won Gold medal (800m), and two Silver Medals (400m, 4x400m) in his first appearance at Carifta Games in 1972 in Barbados.
  • Won Gold medal in the 800m and Silver medal in the 4x400m at Carifta in 1973 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
  • Represented Trinidad & Tobago at the Inaugural Carifta Games in 1972.
  • Was a student at the University of Florida from 1975-1977.
  • In 1975 he became the Indoor Southern-eastern Conference (SEC) Champion in the 800yds, Mile Relay and the 2 Mile Relay events.
  • In 1976 he repeated as the Indoor SEC Champion in the 600yds and the Two Mile Relay.
  • In 1977 he was the Outdoor Champion at the Southerneastern Conference(SEC) Outdoor Championships,

Biography

Horace Tuitt was born on January 25, 1954 and is another Trinidad-born athlete, whose formative years were spent abroad. In his early years he was affiliated to the Florida Gators Club of Gainesville, Florida, USA, where he would have received his early coaching and training.

Horace first represented Trinidad & Tobago at the inaugural Carifta Games in 1972, held at Bridgetown, Barbados and what a tremendous Meet he would have experienced. This eighteen year old copped a Silver medal in the 400m in a time of 48.40secs, ran away with the Gold medal in the 800m in a time of 1: 52.50secs and won another Silver medal in the 4x400m Relay.

The following year, 1973, he continued in a rich vein, at the Carifta Games in Trinidad, when he again won Gold in the 800m in a time of 1: 52.40secs and another Silver in the 4x400m Relay in a time of 3:18.60secs.

The focus now shifted to his career at the University of Florida, where he was a student during this period. In 1975 he became the Indoor Southern-eastern Conference (SEC) Champion in the 800yds, Mile Relay and the 2 Mile Relay events. The times for the individual events were: 1:51.70secs, 3:14.60secs and 7:36.00secs. He repeated the feat in 1976 when he was again the Indoor SEC Champion in the 600yds in a time of 1:09.40secs and the Two Mile Relay in a time of 7:39.20secs.

By this time the 22-year old Tuitt was ready for the Olympic Games, which was being held in Montreal, Canada, in 1976. There he represented Trinidad & Tobago in the 800m and the 4x400m Relay, together with Joseph Coombs, Charles Joseph and Michael Solomon. He qualified for the 800m Semi-finals in a time of 1:48.48secs but it was a great pity when he did not finish the race. In the relay, the T&T foursome made it to the Finals and, in spite of their good time of 3:03.46, could only manage sixth position.

Horace Tuitt had shown considerable promise as a young athlete with great expectations for a bright future. Indeed, his fastest time of 1:47.50secs for the 800m was done in 1974 at Point-a Pierre, Trinidad, as a 20year old. He never achieved anything close to that during the rest of his career. The promise had not really been fulfilled.

Education

  • University of Florida, USA (1975-1977)

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

Florida Gators, Gainesville (USA)

Men’s 800 metres

Games

Age

City

Sport

Event

Team

NOC

Rank

1976 Summer

22

Montréal

Athletics

Men’s 800 metres

Trinidad and Tobago

TRI

AC h1 r2/3

1976 Summer

22

Montréal

Athletics

Men’s 4 × 400 metres Relay

Trinidad and Tobago

TRI

6

 

Men’s 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games

Age

City

Sport

Team

NOC

Phase

Unit

Rank

T(A)

ST

1976 Summer

22

Montréal

Athletics

Trinidad and Tobago

TRI

Final

6

3:03.46

46.4

1976 Summer

22

Montréal

Athletics

Trinidad and Tobago

TRI

Round One

Heat Two

2

QU

3:03.54

 

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