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Solomon joins sub-45 club

By BY Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Jarrin Solomon joined the sub-45 club yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago quartermiler clocking a personal best 44.98 seconds to grab gold in the men’s 400 metres event, at the KBC Night of Athletics meet, in Belgium.

Solomon forced American Manteo Mitchell to settle for silver in 45.12 seconds, while third spot went to hometown hero Jonathan Borlee (45.37).

With the 44.98 run, Solomon became the tenth T&T athlete to dive under 45 seconds in the one-lap event.

National record holder Ian Morris is at the top of the list at 44.21 seconds. Deon Lendore is second with a 44.36 run. The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, Lalonde Gordon is third at 44.52, while 2009 World Championship bronze medallist Renny Quow is at number four with a 44.53 run.

Patrick Delice is next on the list at 44.58, ahead of 1964 Olympic silver medallist Wendell Mottley (44.82), Alvin Daniel (44.84), Ato Stephens (44.87), Mike Paul (44.88) and Solomon (44.98).

Keston Bledman was also on show at the KBC Night of Athletics meet. The T&T sprinter finished third in the men’s 100m dash. American Marvin Bracy was first to the line in 10.13, while silver was seized by former world record holder Asafa Powell, the Jamaican getting home in 10.15.

At the Meeting Madrid 2014, in Spain, Quow picked up silver in the men’s 400m, the T&T quartermiler completing his lap of the track in 45.36 seconds. Bahamian Latoy Williams clocked 45.17 to top the field, while bronze was bagged by American Kyle Clemons (45.37).

And T&T’s Wayne Davis II finished third in the men’s 110m hurdles in a wind-assisted 13.34 seconds. The top two spots went to American Aleec Harris (13.18) and Barbadian Shane Brathwaite (13.32).

Solomon, Bledman, Quow, Davis, Lendore and Gordon are all expected to wear T&T colours at the July23-August 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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