Gordon clocks 5th fastest 400mH

Gordon clocks fifth fastest 400 metres hurdles junior time ever in Puerto Rico by Clayton Clarke

Jehue Gordon ran the fifth fastest time ever by a junior (under 20) over the 400 m hurdles.  The 18 year old Queen’s Royal College student clocked 48.47 seconds at the 2010 Ponce Grand Prix at Ponce, Puerto on Saturday 8th May. That time has only been beaten by world junior record holder Danny Harris of the US (48.02 Seconds set 1984 Los Angeles Olympics) and Gordon himself when he clocked 48.26 seconds in finishing fourth at the 2009 World Athletic Championships in Berlin, Germany on 18th, August.  Harris has other two times that are faster than Gordon (48.11 and 48.13).

Gordon,a five time Carifta champion, finished third in Puerto Rico just loosing the silver medal to American Michael Tinsley by 0.01 seconds. Winning the race was local-favourite Javier Culson who clocked a world leading 47.72 seconds. Culson, the 2009 World Championships silver medallist delighted the home crowd with his win.  Culson’s winning time bettered the Puerto Rican and meet record which he both held.  Running out of lane six, Gordon, the 2009 Pan American double silver medallist, finished ahead of the 2004 Olympic and two-time World Champion Feliz Sanchez of the Dominican Republic who was fourth in 49.21.  Veteran Danny Mc Farlene (Jamaica) was also behind Gordon in fifth in 49.36 seconds.

The Ponce Grand Prix was the first senior international race for Jehue following his memorable fourth place finish in Berlin last August. He is preparing for the 2010 World Junior Athletic Championships scheduled for Moncton, Canada from July 19-25th. The Edwin Skinner/Ian Hypolite- coached athlete is now the favourite for the 400m hurdles world junior gold. He has the top three fastest junior time for 2010. In addition to his run in Puerto Rico, Gordon clocked 49.65 seconds at the Tobago Falcons Games on 27th March and 49.76 seconds in taking his first of two golds at the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands one week later. He could return from Canada with double gold as he is ahead in the 110m hurdles event as well. His 13.41 seconds run enroute to Carifta gold on 5th April tops the junior ranking.

Aaron Armstrong was runner up in the men’s 200m. Armstrong, a member of TT’s 2008 Olympic and 2005 World Championships silver medal winning 4 x 100m relay teams clocked 20.97 seconds but was beaten to the line by American Xavier Carter who won in 20.75 seconds the third of three races.  Armstrong was also third in the 100m clocking 10.17 seconds, a season’s best. Finished ahead of Armstrong was Churandy Martina of the Netherland Antilles who who just edged American Trell Kimmons in a photo finish as both recorded 10.12 seconds.
In the women’s 800m Melissa Deleon was fifth in 2 mins 03.67 seconds. The two lap race was won by Grenadian Nesha Bernard-Thomas 1:59:92.
Selected results

Men 400 Meter Hurdles Finals
  1 Javier Culson                Puerto Rico              47.72
  2 Michael Tinsley              United States            48.46
  3 Jehue Gordon                 Trinidad & Tobago        48.47
  4 Felix Sanchez                Dominican Republic       49.21
  5 Danny McFarlene              Jamaica                  49.36
  6 Winder Cuevas                Dominican Republic       50.02
  7 Jonathan Williams            Belize                   50.50
  8 Jose Maturana                Colombia                 51.59

Men 200 Meter DashFinals     Wind (+0.3ms)
  1 Xavier Carter                United States            20.75  
  2 Aaron Armstrong              Trinidad & Tobago        20.97  
  3 Miguel Lopez                 Puerto Rico              21.20  
  4 Marcos Amalbert              Puerto Rico              21.27  
  5 Yavid Zackey                 Puerto Rico              21.44  
  6 Ramon Frias                  Dominican Republic       21.51  
  7 Luis Gonzalez                Puerto Rico              22.26  

Men 100 Meter Dash Finals      (Wind +0.1m/s)
  1 Churandy Martina             Netherland Antilles(AHO) 10.12       
  2 Trell Kimmons                United States            10.12        
  3 Aaron Armstrong              Trinidad & Tobago        10.17  
  4 Shawn Crawford               United States            10.29       
  5 Derrick Atkins               Bahamas                  10.31  
  6 Brian Mariano                AHO                      10.38  
  7 Miguel Lopez                 Puerto Rico              10.39      
  8 Yavid Zackey                 Puerto Rico              10.42                   
Women 800 Meter Run Finals
  1 Nesha Bernard Thomas         Grenada                1:59.92  
  2 Maggie Vessey                United States          2:02.65  
  3 Marian Burnett               Guyana                 2:03.26  
  4 Heather Dorniken             United States          2:03.58  
  5 Melissa de Leon              Trinidad & Tobago      2:03.67