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Congrats Jehue for the victory
It takes a tremendous amount of talent, ability, dedication, discipline and hard work just to make a World Championship team and I congratulate all our athletes who made it to Moscow and, of course, Jehue Gordon for his stunning, spirit-lifting victory in the 400m hurdles. However, as the following shows, something was not quite right in Moscow. A newspaper article reported that the victory by Gordon had proven to be “a source of motivation for his team mates in Moscow.” Let’s look at the result of all this motivation for events that took place after Gordon’s win. Aleesha Barber finished fourth in her 100m hurdles in a time of 13.33 and just qualified for the semi-final (top 24) in which she finished last in a slower time of 13.54. Kyle Greaux finished sixth in his 200m heats in a time of 20.89 (32nd in the field) and failed to qualify for the semi-final (top 24).
Lalonde Gordon finished third in his 200m heat in 20.85 and barely scraped into the semi-final in which he finished last in a slower time of 21.14. The next slowest among all 24 semi-finalists was 20.68. (Two hours later, a horrendous management decision to let him run the 4 x 400 relay cost us a possible bronze medal. He received the baton in third place but handed over in seventh. Apparently he had run out of gas in the 200 semi-final but was still preferred over Machel Cedenio for the 4 x 400 final.) For the record, the men’s 4 x 400 team ran the heats in 3.00.48 but ran more than a second slower in the final (3:01.74). The women’s 4 x 400 relay team finished second to last in a time of 3:33.50 and failed to advance. This was more than 13 seconds slower (equivalent to over 100 metres) than the winning Russian time of 3:20.19.
The women’s 4 x 100 relay team finished fourth in their heat in a time of 43.01 and just failed to advance. The men’s team qualified as one of the “fastest losers” with a time of 38.38. In the final, they finished last, running a slower time of 38.57. (Compare that to Jamaica which finished second in their heat in 38.17 but first in the final in 37.36.) In all of the above, either the athlete/team did not advance and when they did, ran slower times at the next stage. None managed to come close to their personal best (PB). What does that say about their level of fitness?
Now compare that with what Jehue did. His PB was 47.96. He ran his heat in 49.52, his semi-final in 48.10 and the final in a mind-boggling PB of 47.69! He improved each time he took to the track, eventually going past his personal best. None of our other athletes did anything resembling this. Makes you wonder in what way were they motivated by Jehue’s victory. From the evidence, it was certainly not to perform better.
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