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ANDRE E BAPTISTE
in Moscow, Russia
Twenty-one-year old Jehue Gordon came
to the World Championships here in
Moscow wanting to have fun.
Last night, he not only had fun, but cruised
to victory in his 400 metres hurdles semifinal
and put himself into tomorrow s final with
a spendid run in 48.10.
It was the second best qualifying time
and the small contingent of T&T supporters
here are anxiously awaiting tomorrow s big
final which will be contested at 1 pm (T&T
Running in lane six, Gordon got off to a
smooth start and took the lead at the top
of the straight, before pulling away from
Puerto Rican Javier Culson, who was sec-
"The race was a perfectly executed one
for me. Coming over the last hurdle, I was
able to gauge and realise that nobody was
close, so I just eased through to the line
comfortably to reserve as much in the tank
for the finals," added the former Queen s
Royal College student.
Gordon said he was not affected by the
fall of Bershawn Jackson of the United States
at the second hurdle. "I had my eyes on my
lane, hurdle for hurdle, and I executed one
of the best races in my life," he noted.
Gordon is the first athlete from T&T to
reach this year s finals. He does not believe
that there is added pressure on him because
of this. "I don t think so. My coach and I
know what we have been working on and
I know my teammates are fully supporting
He said he was pleased with his time and
described it as decent.
"I am really satisfied with the time. The
day s rest is a good thing for the 400 hurdles,
because we put out so much. I do not think
that I exerted myself. I went through the
first 300 aggressively but between the hurdles
I was able to relax over the last 100 metres,"
Questioned about the prospect of winning
a gold medal, Gordon said he was not think-
ing about medals. "I want to have fun. I have
been coming to these championships and I
have always wanted the gold so badly. It has
kept running away from me, so I studying
to go in the opposite direction , they say
negatives attract, let s see how it works."
Gordon will race from lane six in tomor-
row s final, with Omar Cisneros of Cuba,
who had the fastest time in the semi final
of 47.93 in lane five. Olympic Champion
Felix Sanchez is in lane four and American
Michael Tinsley in lane three while Culson
will be in lane two.
While there will be no T&T athlete competing
on the track, today is a day that will be filled with
reflection and introspection as the team continues
to bond and fight against all obstacles.
One of the questions being asked here concerns
the non appearance of Olympic 400 metres bronze
medallist La Londe Gordon, but manager Dexter
Voisin explained that Olympic performances no longer
matter at these Games and all athletes at these cham-
pionships had a qualifying period from October 2012
which Gordon did not achieve the time to run in
that event during that period.
"In fact, even Keshorn (Walcott) would have been
in trouble if he did not get the qualifying mark in
the recently concluded Twilight Games in Trinidad
and Tobago," added Voisin.
Tomorrow sees the start of the relays with the
men s 4 x400 metres. However, La Londe Gordon,
an integral part of the relay team is also entered in
the men s 200 metres individual on Friday for which
he qualified. Voisin confessed that this is a concern.
"The relays will be run off before the 200 metres
and we cannot force the athlete to make a decision.
To be honest, La Londe openly stated that he is
willing to run in the relays ahead of his individual
race. This shows the team spirit and unity. He will
deal with the 200 metres later."
Voison noted that while T&T did not have an
official competitor on the track, coaches have their
own schedules and plans for all the remaining events.
"So it is work as usual. We came here to make our
country proud. This team is very much focussed on
that," noted Voisin.
"We continue to keep positive and take strength
from the spirit of our athletes. It is really good to
have this sort of unity in Moscow and to ensure that
everyone is well supported and that we make our
athletes know that they just have to continue to work
harder. These competitors are the best in the world
and everyone wants to win a medal, whatever the
colour," remarked Voisin. AB
Kirani James went into the
men s 400m final here at the
14th IAAF World Athletics
Championships, not only as
favourite to take gold, but also
to maintain Grenada s place
on the medal podium at a
However, those wishes were
blown away in less than 44
seconds by American LaShawn
Merritt, who ran the race of his
life, to finish in a personal best
James came in as the only
sub-44 seconds man this sea-
son, but Merritt, the only man
to beat him this year, went in
with other plans. Merritt,
drawn in lane six, just ahead
of James, never allow his oppo-
nent to get too close.
Merritt was quick out of the
blocks, sprinted down the
backstretch and by time he got
to the final curve, James was
out of title contention.
James tried to push, but the
harder he tried; he faded more
and more, and in the end, just
held on for 7th in 44.99secs.
The run left everyone,
including James himself, asking
what really went wrong. James
said "It didn t go as planned,
I actually died in the last 100
metres of the race, which never
normally happened," he said
while adding he will wait to
"go over the tape to see what
Tony McQuay, the American
who finished second, added his
voice saying "I was surprised
by Kirani s slow time, but he
is still a great athlete. Everyone
can have a bad day."
However, according to Mer-
ritt he was hungry for victory
"I ve said it many times already,
I was hungry. Probably the
hungriest person in the field.
No, I was starving. It s been a
while since I was able to per-
form at my highest level," he
Meanwhile, T&T s Jehue
Gordon was the brightest
Caribbean spark of the day. He
was impressive in securing a
place in the men s 400m hur-
dles final set for tomorrow.
Earlier Nickeisha Wilson of
Jamaica qualified for the
women s 400m hurdles final
with 54.94, the slowest time
going into the championship
MOSCOW--- Another Caribbean athlete has test-
ed positive for a banned substance and will not
participate in the 14th IAAF World Champi-
onships in Athletics underway here in Moscow.
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associa-
tions (BAAA) has confirmed that sprinter Trevor-
vano Mackey, who was scheduled to compete in
the 200 metres, has returned a positive doping
The alleged positive test stemmed from the
Bahamas National Track and Field Championships
in June, according to published reports.
BAAA President Mike Sands was quoted by the
Nassau Guardian as being disappointed "but as a
country they are prepared to move on and not let
it damper the spirits of Team Bahamas."
Sands didn t outline the details of the unfortunate
occurrence, but said that it is something that the
BAAA is truly disturbed about. He admitted that
they received an adverse report from the Bahamas
Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) but reserved
further comment until an official investigation
Mackey reportedly said that he was totally
unaware of the substance that he consumed and
is deeply saddened.
This is the latest in a string of positive tests for
the Caribbean in athletics for the year including
seven-time Olympic medallist Veronica Camp-
bell-Brown and former world 100m record holder
Asafa Powell of Jamaica.
Jehue cruises into
400m hurdles final
T&T's Jehue Gordon, left, Britain's David Greene, centre, and Brazil's Mahau Suguimati compete in the men's 400-metre hurdles heat at
the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. AP PHOTO
James says race didn't go as planned
to fail drug test
Business as usual
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