Luguelin Santos, Kirani James & Lalonde Gordon - File Photo

Luguelin Santos, Kirani James & Lalonde Gordon – File Photo

by Michael Bascombe

NEW YORK, May 12, 2014 – Olympic 400 metres bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago became the seventh competitor to run a sub-45 second over the 400m this season when he won the event at the Meeting International Region Guadeloupe on Saturday.

Gordon was one of three Caribbean winners at the Invitational Meet at the Baie Mahault Municipal Stadium.

The Trinidadian Olympic medallist stopped the clock at 44.91 seconds, ahead of three members of Bahamas’ Golden Knights, the Olympic 4x400m gold medallists –Ramon Miller (45.21), Chris Brown (45.23) and Demetrius Pinder (45.59).

Jarrin Solomon of Trinidad & Tobago was seventh in 46.24.

Gordon has joined American LaShawn Merritt (44.44), Kirani James of Grenada (44.60), Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos (44.72), Yousef Masrahi of Saudi Arabia (44.77), Pavel Maslak of Czech Republic (44.79), Santos (44.82), Merritt (44.86), his compatriot Deon Lendore (44.90), Tony McQuay of the United States (44.92), Santos (44.94) and Masrahi (44.96) in the sub-45.

Gordon and Lendore are also a quintet of Trinidadian quarter-milers who have ran competitive times this season. They include CARIFTA Games champion Machel Cedenio (45.23); Carlyle Roudette (45.77) and Jereem Richards (46.15).

Also securing podium positions in Guadeloupe on Saturday were Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye and Lavern Spencer of St Lucia.

Ahye clocked the 10th fastest legal 100m time for the year in 11.17 seconds. American Tori Bowie (11.26) and Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (11.44) were second and third respectively.

Ahye, who turned 22 last month, had an impressive indoor season, equalling and then shattering Trinidad and Tobago’s 60 metres record.

She won the 60m dash in 7.13 seconds at New York’s Millrose Games in February to equal Kelly-Ann Baptiste’s effort in 2008 and then 7.10 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland in March.

Spencer took the women’s high jump, clearing 1.91m same as American Chaunte Lowe. Another St Lucian Makeba Alcide was fifth (1.75m).

In other results, Bianca Stuart of the Bahamas (6.59m) finished second to Great Britain’s Abigail Irozuru (6.64m) and Arantxa King of Bermuda was sixth (6.38m).

Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis was a third placed finisher in the men’s 200m (20.68) and Mario Forsythe of Jamaica seventh (21.12). Maurice Maitchell of the Unites States (20.40) and UK’s James Ellington (20.57) took the two top spots.

Jamaica’s Christine Day (51.42) and Kineke Alexander of St Vincent and the Grenadines (51.61) finished behind American Joanna Atkins (51.19) in the women’s 400m. Shericka Williams of Jamaica was seventh (54.31).

Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in the men’s 110m hurdles (14.01), with American Dominique Berger (13.48) upstaged home favourite and CARIFTA Games champion Wilhem Belocian (13.78).

Andrea Bliss of Jamaica was sixth in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.52, which was won by Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States (12.77).

In another result, Nicholas Gordon of the Jamaica finished ninth in the men’s long jump (7.57m). American Jeffrey Henderson’s 8.25m effort took the gold.

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