DOUBLE OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALLIST: Lalonde Gordon

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Lalonde Gordon clocks fastest 200 for 2013

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Double Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon shot to the top of the 2013 indoor men's 200 metres world performance list when he stopped the clock at 20.60 seconds to strike gold at the Terrier Invitational, in Boston, USA, on Saturday.

Gordon also leads the world in the 300m. On January 11, he clocked a personal best 32.48 seconds for victory at the Gotham Cup in New York. The clocking was the ninth fastest indoor 300m run in history.

One week later, again in New York, Gordon won his 2013 200m opener in 20.91 seconds. On Saturday, the Trinidad and Tobago athlete improved on that clocking by 31-hundredths of a second to jump from sixth to first on the world list.

Last August, Gordon bagged bronze in the men's 400m at the Olympic Games, in London, England. He then teamed up with Jarrin Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte and Deon Lendore for bronze in the 4x400m relay in two minutes, 59.40 seconds--a new T&T record.

Another T&T athlete, Adrian Crichlow was 10th overall in Saturday's Terrier Invitational men's 200m in 21.67 seconds. And in the men's 500m, Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) student, Kervin Morgan was 10th in 1:04.53.

Also on Saturday, Solomon produced an indoor best at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, in New Mexico. He clocked 46.32 seconds to secure gold in the men's 400m. His previous best in the indoor 400 was 46.55.

Solomon is fourth on the 2013 indoor 400m performance list. Lendore and Alleyne-Forte are also on the 2013 list. Lendore is actually the world leader with the 45.91 seconds scorcher he produced in Texas, USA, two Saturdays ago, while Alleyne-Forte is in ninth spot at 46.88.

Saturday's race was Solomon's first 400 for the year. Two Friday's ago, he was victorious in a 600m event in New Mexico in 1:17.63.

T&T's Reyare Thomas secured the women's sprint double at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational. The Abilene Christian University (ACU) student won the 60m final in 7.58 seconds and the 200m in an indoor best 24.16. Her ACU teammate, Osei Alleyne-Forte was 15th overall in the men's 200m in 22.46 seconds.

At the Jack Jennett Invite, in Iowa, Dan-Neil Telesford topped the men's 400m field. The Iowa Central Community College student got home in 49.31 seconds.

Arkansas State University's Kashef Daniel cleared the bar at 2.10 metres to cop third spot in the men's high jump, at the Arkansas State Invitational. Daniel also competed in the long jump, finishing 10th with a 6.58m leap.

At the Cougar Indoor Invitational, in Washington, Washington State University athlete Shawna Fermin clocked 7.66 seconds for bronze in the women's 60m dash.

Hilenn James produced a new personal best at the Razorback Invitational, in Arkansas. The University of Georgia student threw 16.80 metres to finish fourth in the women's shot put.

Louisiana State University (LSU) sprinter, Shermund Allsop was sixth in heat two and 10th overall in the men's 60m semis in 6.94 seconds. The top eight advanced to the final. In the preliminary round, Allsop clocked 6.90. And in the 200m, he was second in section three and 19th overall in 21.80 seconds. University of Florida student, Jovon Toppin was 28th in the men's 400m in 48.91.

At the Jayhawk Classic, in Kansas, Butler County Community College athlete, Abiane Collymore finished eighth in the women's 1,000m in 3:26.03. Her teammate, Richard Marcano clocked 7.19 seconds for 42nd spot overall in the men's 60m.

And Middle Tennessee State University's Kendall Bacchus got to the line in 22.41 seconds to finish 12th overall in the men's 200m, at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet, in Kentucky.

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