Gordon favourite for 400 at World Indoor Championships

January 29, 2012   ·   0 Comments

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Lalonde Gordon established himself as the favourite for this World indoor championships 400m title following his world leading 46.51 clocking on January 13.

Gordon set the time in winning the indoor two lap at the Gotham Cup. Eight days later at the same venue the 23-year-old went even quicker improving the 2012 best by 0.08 seconds at the New Balance Games. Gordon improved his previous personal best of 46.96 set in 2010 and bettered the 46.90 standard for the World Indoor Championships set for Istanbul, Turkey from March 9-11. The 2010 Commonwealth Games semifinalist is aiming to be second T&T quarter miler to medal at Indoor global meet following Ian Morris, who raced to silver in 46.09 seconds at the 1991 edition of the championships in Sevilla, Spain. The Zenith Velocity athlete began the 2012 season on a high note after he was left out of the T&T National contingent to the last year’s World Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Gordon ran a B standard qualifying of 45.51 to be the joint second local 400m runner in 2011.

However, he did not run in the one lap event at the National Championships and as such was not considered for the 4 X 400m relay. Gordon is among four T&T athletes who are ranked in the top 20 in the world in their respective events.  Marc Burns is at 8th in the men’s 60m dash.  The multiple Olympic and World Championships sprint relay medallist stopped the clock at 6.64 seconds in finishing fifth at the Auburn Invitational in Alabama, USA on January 21. Burns’ time was short of his pers0nal best of 6.55 set in Great Britain on February 19 last year. Ato Boldon holds the national record of 6.49 established in 1997.  Teenager Kai Selvon is the next ranked T&T on the global listed updated on the January 24th.  Selvon is at 11th in the women’s 60m with a personal best of 7.30 which she clocked in finished fourth at the Auburn Invitational on January 21.
The World Championships semifinalist improved on her previous pers0nal best of 7.38 set at the Crimson Tide Open one week earlier at the same venue.  Sevlon was beaten into second in that race by another T&T athlete Semoy Hackett who won in 7.36. Hackett’s time puts her at 26th on the standings. Sevlon is at 12th in the 200m sprint with a time of 23.66 achieved at the Auburn Invitational. Annie Alexander is also at 12th in the women’s shot put. The two time World indoor finalist threw the iron ball out to 17.70 at the Auburn Invitational. The distance is a new personal best and a school record for the Tennessee University senior student. Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ayanna Alexander is at 13th in the women’s triple jump with her 13.43 victory at the Hokie Invitational in Blackburg, Virginia, USA on January 20. Aleesha Barber is at 21st in the women’s 60m hurdles with 8.25 seconds.
T&T ATHLETES ON  IAAF WORLD INDOOR RANKINGS
Men
Event Ranking Name Performance Meet Venue Date
60m 8 Marc Burns  6.64 Auburn Invitational Alabama, USA January 21
400m Lalonde Gordon 46.43 New Balance Games New York, USA January 21
Women
60 11 Kai Selvon 7.30 Auburn Invitational Alabama, USA January 21
60 26 Semoy Hackett 7.36 Crimson Tide Open Alabama, USA January 14
200 12 Kai Sevlon 23.66 Auburn Invitational Alabama, USA January 21
Shot Put Annie Alexander 17.70  Auburn Invitational Alabama, USA January 21
60m Hurdles Aleesha Barber 8.25  Auburn Invitational Alabama, USA January 21
Triple Jump Ayanna Alexander 13.43 Hokie Invitational Virginia, USA January 20
Source: Guardian – Clayton Clarke

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