Congrats Jehue and coach
Heartiest congratulations to Jehue Gordon and his coach Dr Ian Hypolite for creating track and field history in Trinidad and Tobago. It is indeed the first home-based combination to win a gold medal on the world stage.
It has come in the hurdles event which has been the event in which I have always been sure that we have a store house of treasure in our land. Ever since acting against the advice of my coach, I as manager, decided to enter Colin O’Brian, a 4x400 relay reserve, in the 400 metres hurdles event at a Junior Caribbean Championships in 1976 with one day to prepare for an event in which he had never competed before. He was able to capture the silver medal and at the subsequent Carifta Games, the gold medal in the event.
Jehue Gordon’s success must have made the deceased predecessors Billy Montagu and Ray Davis as well as the surviving predecessors Anthony Spencer, Randy Cox, Thora Best and Josanne Lucas smile broadly.
Jehue Gordon, You have put yet another Queen’s Royal College representative on the map as have McDonald Bailey, Wendell Mottley, Edwin Skinner, Basil Ince to name a few. It is rare to find an athlete whose academic discipline is translated into the physical realm of sport. You have followed in the footsteps of Ato Boldon. Like Ato let us hope that you may also become a multiple medallist on the world stage over the next decade.
Dr Jesse Noel