Trinidad and Tobago’s world men’s 400-metres hurdles champion Jehue Gordon on Saturday renewed competitive acquaintance with four of the athletes he conquered on the way to earning his stellar title at last August’s World Athletics Championships held in Moscow, Russia.
But the 22-year-old TT star was upstaged by one of them as he finished second in what was one of the feature events at the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting held before a keyed-up crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, the 36-year-old London 2012 Olympic Games 400 hurdles champion, won a close-call duel with Gordon – Sanchez whom Gordon had beaten into fifth in the World Championships final last August, timed at 49.21 seconds; Gordon at 49.32.
Five Jamaicans completed the line-up, Leford Green (49.77), Isa Phillips (49.80) and Annsert Whyte (50.09), the third to fifth place finishers who were in Gordon’s wake in Moscow.
The race was Gordon’s first international outing for this year.
Gordon clocked 47.69 in winning in Moscow last August, a time well inside the Jamaica track record of 47.79.
Sanchez won the 2012 Olympic gold in a time of 47.63 seconds – Gordon 6th in 48.86 and Green of Jamaica seventh in 49.12.
There was no news of any other TT athlete in the Jamaica meet.
World 400 metre champion LaShawn Merritt was upstaged by Luguelín Santos, also of the Dominican Republic over the distance.
In a close finish Santos (44.82) the World Championship bronze medallist edged Merritt (44.86).
Double World and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (22.53) took the 200 metre from American champion Kimberly Duncan (22.61) with Jeneba Tarmoh also of the US in third on 22.69 seconds.
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (11.19) took the Women’s 100 metre from Kerron Stewart with the Men’s equivalent won by Justin Gatlin in 10.08 seconds.
World indoor champion Francina McCrory of the US won the Women’s 400 metre in 50.24 from Jamaicans Stephanie McPherson (50.58) and Novlene Williams Mills in 50.90 seconds.