Gordon hurdles to 49.65 seconds on Day two Falcons Games By Clayton Clarke
Bacolet, Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon won the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.65 seconds in the 400m hurdles to highlight the second day of action at the 9th Falcon Games at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet yesterday.
Gordon got off to a fast start and pulled away to win ahead of the 2002 World Junior 400m hurdles finalist Gregory Little of Jamaica. Little was well beaten into second place in 52.71 seconds with Ancil Nicholson in third in 53.31 seconds. Gordon's winning time is off his personal best of 48.26 seconds which he set in finishing fourth in at last year's World Champs in Berlin, Germany making him the second fastest junior performer all time.
The 18 year old bettered the Falcon Games record of 50.63 seconds he set last year before going on to the 2009 Carifta Games where he reset the Carifta record clocking 50.01 seconds.
Yesterday's win is the final warm up for Gordon as he seeks to defend his B U 20 400m and 110m hurdles titles at this year's Carifta Games at the Truman Booden Sporting Complex in Georgetown, Cayman Islands .
Sparkle McKnight won the women's 400m hurdles in a new pb of 59.20 seconds ahead of Gabriella Cumberbatch 0.04 seconds behind in 59.24 seconds. In third place was 16 year old Kernisha Spann who clocked 1 min 3.60 seconds. Mc Knight, Cumberbatch and Spann will represent Trinidad and Tobago at next weekend Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands. Mc Knight and Cumberbatch G U 20 400m hurdles and Span G U17 300m hurdles.
Oral Thompson(Jamaica) won the men's 200m in 20.73 seconds (-1.1) ahead of defending champion and fellow Jamaican Xavier Brown 21.32 seconds. Reyare Thomas (2009 CAC 200 metres bronze medallist) won the women's 200m 23.91 seconds (-1.1). The 2009 World Championships 4 x 100m relay finalist beat Ashley Owen (US), the 2004 World Junior 100/4x100 champion (24.08).