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Gordon grabs 400 gold in Brussels
The name of recently crowned world champion gold medalist Jehue Gordon was once again on the tongues of the T&T track faithful when he clocked 48.32 seconds in a gold medal performance in the 400 metres hurdles event, at the Belgacom Van Damme Memorial IAAF Diamond League, in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Gordon was 0.63 seconds short of his personal best, but it was enough to see him edge Cuba’s Omar Cisneros, who placed second in 48.59 seconds, while Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson took bronze in 48.60 seconds. It was Gordon’s first event since participating at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where his 47.69 seconds, was the best run in the world in that event. He edged American Michael Tinsley, who took the opportunity to clock his personal best in 47.70 seconds, while Serbian Emir Bekric was third in 48.05 seconds.
Meanwhile, T&T’s Keston Bledman placed eighth in the men’s 100m which was won by Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, who wrapped up another impressive year at the season-ending meet with victory in 9.80. The 27-year-old led four others through the line in sub-10 times at the Roi Baudouin Stadium in the Belgian capital. American Michael Rodgers claimed second in a season's best of 9.90, with Jamaica's Nesta Carter nipping world silver medallist Justin Gatlin for third after both were clocked at 9.94, Bolt’s training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole timing 9.98. Bolt was out of the blocks in lane five just slower than Gatlin outside him, but kept his head and shoulders low as he drove into the opening metres. After the 50 metre mark, Bolt pushed his huge frame into top gear, head coming up and going for broke, moving quickly past Gatlin and casting a brief glance across the field as Rodgers produced a great final 30 metres to get second from lane eight
American Justin Gatlin, was also credited with a 9.94 clocking, but finished fourth. Bledman finished in time of 10.19.
Also, Jamaican sprinter Warren Weir has won this season’s Diamond League 200-metre title and the US$40,000 first prize. The Olympic and World Championship silver medallist confirmed his victory by winning the men’s 200m. Weir clocked 19.87 seconds to cross the line ahead of his Jamaican teammate Nickel Ashmeade, who recorded a season-best 19.93 seconds. American Walter Dix was third in 20.12, also a season-best. Rasheed Dwyer, the other Jamaican in the line up, clocked 20.40 for sixth place. Meantime, Jamaica’s sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked a sizzling 10.72 seconds to smash the meet record and win the women’s 100-metre. The Moscow World Championships triple gold medallist finished well clear of American Alexandria Anderson who was second in 10.97. With the victory, Fraser-Pryce has added the 100m Diamond League title to her 200m title won last month. Fraser-Pryce gets US$40,000 for each title.
The other two Jamaicans Carrie Russell and Kerron Stewart finished third and fourth, respectively. Russell clocked 10.99 and Stewart 11.19. Gordon, who ranked second in the Diamond League standings with 12 points, behind Culson (15 pints), is expected to return home tomorrow where a reception will hosted by the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of T&T at the Port of Spain Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Trinidad at 6 pm.
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