Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 16th 2013 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 16, 2013
ANDRE E BAPTISTE,
An elated Dr Ian Hypolite, described
Jehue Gordon's gold medal success in the
400 metres at the World Championships
here in Moscow as a red letter day for T&T
"I am so elated, I am here with my partner
in coach, Edwin Skinner, from the Memphis
Pioneers club, and we are particularly happy
that we could do all of this based in Trinidad
and Tobago. This is a big day for local coach-
es and shows the value of staying at home.
Jehue is the perfect athlete to work with."
Gordon defeated a top class field to
become only the second T&T athlete to win
a World Championship gold medal with a
47.69 run yesterday. The other is Ato Boldon
who won the 200 metres in 1997.
Hypolite described Gordon as a wonderful
person with whom to work. "He listens and
follows advice, he is just the perfect athlete
in his whole presence and behaviour, and
today he showed all the faith we have in
him," Hypolite said.
Hypolite revealed that a fair amount of
discussion went into planning the race. "He
stuck to the game plan. He was patient. He
was attacked by Omar Cisneros, Javier Cul-
son and Felix Sanchez, but he never panicked
and was patient all the way. He executed
just as we discussed."
Hypolite noted that Gordon's confidence
has returned. "After we had some good ses-
sions at home and in Finland, we could
sense that this was a different Jehue. He
was doing things differently and was very
relaxed at the end of his races. This was a
great sign of maturity. We told him, that
after 300 metres, there would be others
challenging and he should stay calm and
he executed perfectly."
Gordon is part of the Memphis Pionners
Club since age 12. "In Memphis Pioneers,
both Edwin Skinner and myself have a belief
that we can assist the athlete and encourage
and give you the best training. But we need
full support and Jehue has given that."
Gordon --- the perfect
athlete says coach After Jehue Gordon's inspiring victory in the
400 metres hurdles at the World Championships
in Moscow yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago's
4x400 metres really team placed second in their
semifinal in a time of 3.00.48, which was the
third fastest overall, behind USA and Jamaica
and qualified for today's final at 1.30 pm (T&T
However, Olympics javelin champion, Keshorn
Walcott failed to progress to tomorrow's final,
finishing tenth overall in his event, while Kai
Selvon also dropped out of contention in the 200
metres after reaching the semifinals.
The relay quartet of Renny Quow, Jarrin
Solomon, La Londe Gordon and Deon Lendore
stalked the USA team for the majority of the race
with Quow and Solomon running blinders off the
first two legs.
Solomon told the T&T Guardian that the objec-
tive was to reach the finals. "We did not want to
use too much energy. We wanted to gauge ourselves
as we look towards a big final showdown on Friday.
We are ready, we know this race, we know each
other and we have a lot of belief."
Solomon said T&T will not be taking any of
the other teams for granted. "You have to con-
centrate on everybody because anybody could
beat anybody on the day. Look at Russia who
won the third semi final today."
Lendore described T&T's performance as a
good run. "This was about pacing ourselves and
ensuring that on Friday we have something left
in the tank. So we are just going to go back and
continue to get ourselves mentally ready for the
Gordon who was making his first appearance
said he was a little slow. But after 100, I started
to flow and move better because I have not com-
peted in a 400 in over a month, so it is like waking
my body up all over again."
As to his appearance in the 200 metres heats
at 2.35am (TT time) today where he runs from
Lane 7 against Olympic champion Usain Bolt in
Lane 6, a cautious Gordon would only say: "I will
just give it my best and see what happens."
If he advances, he will have to run the 200
metres semi finals at 11.17 ( TT time)
Walcott's first throw was 78.78 metres but he
scratched in his second throw and his third and
final throw was 75.84.
Interestingly , the best throw on the day was
by Finland's Tero Pitkamaki of 84.39, which was
Walcott's season best throw done at the Twilight
Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The 12th
qualifier's time was 80.18 metres.
Walcott, clearly disappointed, said he was hoping
to do better. "This has been my hardest season
so far. My body is changing. It has been pretty
tough with injuries, so this year has been really
Walcott said he is not fully recovered from an
ankle injury which has been affecting him through-
out the year. My year started off pretty well but
it went downhill from there and I have not fully
Also going into action today will be the women's
4x400 metres team in heat two from 11.41 am
( TT time). T&T's team will run from lane four
with Great Britain and Ireland in lane 5 and the
Bahamas in lane 7. The top two from each of the
three heats, as well as the two fastest losers will
progress to the finals.
This is new territory for T&T since it is the
first ever 4x400 metres female team at these
Championships. The team is Sparkle McKnight,
Ramona Modeste, Dominique Williams and Shaw-
na Fermin AB
Jehue Gordon's former coach Albert
King has cautioned the government
against overworking the newly crowned
400m hurdles world champion with pub-
lic relations duties following his latest
win in Moscow.
King, who introduced Gordon to hurdling
as a Form One student at Belmont Boys
Intermediate, pointed out that such chores
had a negative impact on Keshorn Walcott,
whom he felt had been overwhelmed fol-
lowing his win in the javelin at the London
Olympics last year.
"I am honestly hoping that Jehue's par-
ents will prevent him from the sort of stu-
pidness that went on with Keshorn Wal-
cott," he said. "Because of political stupid-
ness, they had Keshorn moving around the
country up and down almost everyday and
he was overworked. I believe that was one
of the things that has him underperform-
King, a Level Four middle and long dis-
tance specialist who also coaches at Airborn
Sonics, said that Gordon's talent had been
apparent from an early age.
"He came in Form One as an 800m pri-
mary school champ but when I saw him
running over benches, I encouraged him
to pursue hurdles," he said, adding. "He
was also good in cricket. If he had decided
to follow it he could have been the equiv-
alent of Dwayne Bravo right now."
Gordon spent five years at Belmont before
moving to QRC for Form Six and is currently
attending the University of the West Indies
in St Augustine. King said they had main-
tained their relationship throughout and
still kept in regular contact.
"He still discusses things with me," he
said. "He talks with athletes at the club
and gives them mentorship. He's a very
focused young man and whatever he choos-
es to do, I know he will be successful
because of his mental attitude."
King also hoped Gordon's win would
encourage the government to invest more
into track and field's development.
"In my opinion, we have some real quality
athletes but no national develop programme.
Everything that occurs is because of indi-
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts yesterday
described Jehue Gordon's 400 metres hurdle
performance as flawless, majestic and well-
deserving of the gold medal. "Jehue ran a
perfect race, and more importantly, his own
race, attacking all the hurdles with a smooth
and consistent stride pattern. In the home
stretch, Jehue fought for the gold medal,
seeing it within his grasp. It was undoubt-
edly one of the most thrilling victories
Trinidad and Tobago has ever seen."
Chairman of the Sports Company,
Sebastien Paddington said the race was
another brilliant performance by one of our
national athletes. "Jehue's youth and now,
his experience on the world stage is a sign
of positive results in the coming years".
Azim Bassarath, president of the T&TCB
said Gordon's success proved that T&T can
produce world beating performances. "Gor-
don is showing the potential he has long
been suspected of possessing and stands as
an example to all of the country's young peo-
ple. He has set the bar higher for those behind
him and shows the rewards of hard work,
commitment and the value of support from
his countrymen and women."
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee said
Gordon's show of determination and desire
to conquer the world was indeed a masterful
display and "one which we can all use as a
source of inspiration as we set out to achieve
greatness in our respective fields."
going into final
Majestic performance says Roberts
King cautions govt about Gordon's success
Trinidad and Tobago's
Jehue Gordon, on track, is
congratulated by Puerto
Rico's Javier Culson after
winning the men's 400-
metre hurdles final at the
Championships in the
Luzhniki stadium in
yesterday. AP PHOTO
1 .............Jehue Gordon TT ............................47.69
2 ..............Michael Tinsley USA ....................47.70
3 .............Emir Bekric SRB ..............................48.05
4 ..............Omar Cisneros CUB ......................48.12
5 ..............Felix Sánchez DOM .......................48.22
6 ............Javier Culson PUR ..........................48.38
7 ..............Mamadou Kasse Hanne SEN .48.68
8 ..............Kerron Clement USA ....................49.08
HOW THEY FINISHED
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