HURDLES DUEL: Puerto Rican Eric Alejandro, left, and Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon in a duel for the Falcon Games men's 400 metres hurdles title, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, yesterday. Alejandro clocked 50.79 seconds to grab gold, while Gordon picked up silver in 51.13. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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Gordon suffers rare defeat

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Jehue Gordon suffered a rare one-lap hurdles defeat on home soil when he finished second at the Falcon Games, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, yesterday.

The Trinidad and Tobago athlete clocked 51.13 seconds to secure silver in the men's 400 metres hurdles, behind Puerto Rican Eric Alejandro.

Gordon took the lead on the back straight, and seemed in control coming off the final turn. Alejandro, though, had more gas in his tank in the final stages of the race, reeling in Gordon and moving past him to grab gold in 50.79 seconds.

Barbadian Kion Joseph earned bronze in 52.77.

Gordon has a superb record at home in the 400m hurdles. For three years running, between 2009 and 2011, he won the Falcon Games title at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago. Gordon also completed a beaver-trick of National Open Track and Field Championship titles last year, scoring all four victories at the Crawford Stadium.

Another of Gordon's Crawford Stadium triumphs came at the 2011 Hampton Games. The reigning world junior champion beat 2004 Olympic gold medallist Felix Sanchez into second spot in that race.

There was a blemish on Gordon's home record on August 2, 2009, the talented athlete finishing second at the Crawford Stadium in the Pan American Junior Championship 400m hurdles final. But 16 days later, Gordon, just 17 at the time, produced a jaw-dropping performance at the World Championships, in Berlin, Germany, finishing fourth in the one-lap hurdles final in a fast 48.26 seconds.

Kernesha Spann warmed up for her Carifta Games campaign in Bermuda, next weekend, with an impressive victory in the women's 400m hurdles.

Spann and Romona Modeste were the only athletes in contention for gold. At the top of the home straight, Modeste held the advantage, but it was Spann who was stronger coming home, the 18-year-old overhauling her rival to win in a personal best 58.61 seconds. Modeste clocked 59.31 to pick up silver.

Late yesterday, Jereem Richards produced a superb run to strike gold in the boys' under-20 200m. The World Indoor Championship 4x400m bronze medallist clocked a personal best 20.92 seconds to send out a strong warning ahead of the Carifta Games.

Jessica James returned a time of two minutes, 15.24 seconds to top the field in the women's 800m. Domonique Williams (2:17.76) and Dawnel Collymore (2:19.02) earned silver and bronze, respectively.

Denny Gualbance finished first in section one and first overall in the men's 800m in 1:55.69. The section two winner, Guyanese Cleveland Thomas (1:56.12) claimed silver, forcing the runner-up in that race, Travis Diaz (1:57.25) to settle for bronze.

Quincy Wilson dominated his rivals in the men's discus. The 20-year-old athlete landed the discus 57.00 metres for a huge cushion on runner-up, Akeem Stewart (46.51m). Kesean Phillips (43.97m) finished third.

And in the men's high jump, Henderson Dottin was the class of the field, the Barbadian claiming the top spot with a 2.13m clearance.

The Falcon Games continue from 9.30 this morning with qualifying heats. The second session starts at three p.m.

The Durly Lucas 10K is scheduled for six o'clock this morning. The race starts at the Queen's Park Savannah, close to Whitehall, and finishes near Queen's Royal College.

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