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American teen strips TT’s Darrael Brown of world record


Darrel Brown
Former World Junior 100-metres Champion

FORMER outstanding Trinidad and Tobago youth sprinter Darrel Brown has lost his hold on the World junior 100-metres record which he posted in the IAAF’s 2003 World Athletics Championships held in France.

Brown, then 18 years old, was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago team at the championships and when winning quarter-final Heat 3 of four Heats in a time of 10.01 seconds, it was a world record for junior athletes at the distance.

On Friday night, Baylor University, USA student Trayvon Bromell became the new record holder when the won the USA’s National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 100-metree final in a time of 9.97 seconds.

Bromell became the first junior ever to run under 10 seconds and has gained a sixth-place ranking among the fastest at the distance in the world outdoors this year.

Meanwhile one of Trinidad and Tobago’s 400-metre world-class atheltes, Deon Lendore, 21, shared star billing at the NCAA Championships when winning the 400 metres in a time of 45.02 seconds.

Lendore, a student at the NCAA champions Texas A&M University was unbeaten through to the final. He remains third fastest outdoors in the world this year with a 44.36-seconds clocking posted in victory at the USA’s South Eastern Conference Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky May 18th.

Two other TT student-athletes logged third placings at the championships held at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon –400metres hurdler Janeil Bellille (56.14 seconds) and 110-metre hurdler Wayne Davis III (13.24 seconds), both in Texas A&M colours.

Davis III is seventh-ranked in the event in the world with a 13.20-second timing achieved in a meet at Fayetville May 31st.

DEON LENDORThe 100 m at the 2003 World Championships saw him finishing second behind Kim Collins. In addition to the silver medal, he set the junior world record of 10.01 seconds in the quarter finals stage.E, Bromell, although he hails from Florida, runs for another famous Texas institution Baylor University, and with a breeze of 1.8 metres-per-second on his back and he became the first junior event ever to run under 10 seconds with his run of 9.97 on Friday, as he took 0.04 off the former world junior record which he jointly held with Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrel Brown.

In fact, he had run even faster in Wednesday’s preliminary rounds with a time of 9.92, but that time was with a over-the-limit 2.2 mps wind.

Still only 18 and a first year student at Baylor University, could potentially return to Hayward Field next month as the Eugene hosts the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, with Oregon ’14 being staged between 22-27 July.