Double Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon produced another fine run to cop third spot in the men's 400 metres event, at the Memorial van Damme, in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday.
Running in lane eight, the Trinidad and Tobago quartermiler got home in 45.13 seconds to secure bronze at the final meet of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League series. Hometown hero Kevin Borlee won in an impressive 44.75 seconds, beating his twin brother, Jonathan (45.02) into second spot.
Gordon's 45.13 run was the fourth fastest time of his career. In the Olympic Games one-lap final, in London, England, last month, the 23-year-old athlete bagged bronze in a personal best 44.52 seconds, improving on the 44.58 clocking he had produced in the semifinal round. His third fastest time is 45.02.
Gordon secured a second Olympic bronze medal when he helped T&T to third spot in the 4x400m final in two minutes, 59.40 seconds—a new national record.
In yesterday's one-lap race, Gordon had the satisfaction of getting to the line ahead of Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, one of just two quartermilers that finished ahead of him in the Olympic final. Santos seized silver at the London Games in 44.46 seconds, while the gold medal went to Grenada's Kirani James, in 43.94.
At the start of the 2012 season, Gordon's personal best was 45.51 seconds. Now, he's a double Olympic bronze medallist and the second fastest T&T quartermiler in history, behind national record holder Ian Morris (44.21).