Winston George cracks national 400m record

In front of a loud New York crowd, Winston George overcame slight nerves and a heavy head wind to run the best race of his career, setting a new men’s 400 metres national record at the Adidas Diamond League athletics meet yesterday at Icahn Stadium in the “Big Apple”.

George clocked 45.57 seconds, shaving eight tenths of a second off Richard Jones’ previous national best of 45.65, while being edged into third place in the `B’ Class event in the fifth stop of the competition series.

The Guyana Police Force Sergeant, stormed down the homestretch but was nipped on the line by Jamaica’s Akheem Gauntlett for second place with both recording the identical time. British Olympian Michael Bingham crossed the line in first place clocking 45.13.

George topped Diamond League regular Tabarie Henry of the British Virgin Islands who was fourth, in a competitive field.

20110113orindavidson“I feel very proud, the constant training and exposure here (New York) has come in good, I am happy”, George related after his record time was revealed on the stadium’s video screen.

“This is indeed the best race I have run,” the Guyana 2012 Olympian related.

His previous best was 45.77.

Winston George (right) poses with his club teamates after his record 400m run in New York Yesterday.
Winston George (right) poses with his club teamates after his record 400m run in New York Yesterday.

Jones, who represented Guyana at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, had set the recorded in that city the same year.

It was George’s first race at the meet and he expressed delight with the facilities with the stadium’s newly laid Mondo track.

“The track was sweet, I enjoyed the run, although it was tough on the back straight.”

The international men’s 400m was won by American La Shawn Merritt, a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

George said he is now eyeing even more plaudits at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, next month.

He will spend the next three weeks training in New York before returning home on July 11 to compete in the senior national championships.

Promising ex junior 400m champion Stephan James was also on show yesterday, anchoring his club Zenith Velocity to victory in the Boys’ Youth 4x400m relay.

Now out of the junior ranks, James said he is feeling good about his chances of doing well in his first summer of competition in New York.   He recently recorded his personal best 400m time, clocking 46.15s for a second place finish at the United States National College Amateur Athletics (NCAA) second division outdoor championships two weeks ago.   James is one of four young Guyanese athletes who started school at ASA Junior College in Brooklyn, late last year.

“I was out of training for three weeks recently, but I am feeling better now since resuming training and hopefully I will do good at the Commonwealth Games.” said the youngster, who will join George as part of the Guyana track team for the event.

Despite money problems, James says he is now in a better frame of mind and is happy to be representing Guyana for the first time as a senior.

The meet was highlighted by an epic battle in the men’s high jump that resulted in the two best jumps ever recorded in 20 years.

Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko, on the first visit to the United States, edged young Qatari Essa Barshim on a count back for first place as both leapt seven feet 11 and one quarter inches.

The height was just below the world record of 7-12 made by Cuban Javier Sotomayor.

World and Olympic record holder David Rudisha won the men’s 800m while Jamaican sprint sensation Johan Blake was upset by compatriot Nesta Carter in the marquee men’s 100m. Fast rising American women’s sprinter Tori Bowie took the women’s equivalent.

Comments  

Windies to tangle with dangerous Irish in World Cup qualifiers

LONDON, CMC – West Indies will go head-to-head with nemesis Ireland in their quest reach the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 Cricket World Cup, after being installed in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe starting in March.

Windies taking proactive approach, says Holder

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder says planning has already begun for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifiers in March as the Caribbean side looks to book its spot in the 2019 one-day showpiece in England.

Gonsalves looks to return to winning ways

National lightweight champion, Dexter ‘Cobra’ Gonsalves will look to shake off some rust when he returns to the ring Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on the ‘Bad Blood’ card.

Williams sets sights on CARIFTA gold

With his historic 2017 campaign officially in the rear view mirror, star athlete Daniel Williams and his coach, Johnny Gravesande have their sights set on an even better 2018 season.

St Louis, Chung granted injunction

A High Court judge has granted an interim injunction restraining the TT Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) from taking any further action pursuant to its decision to select players Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram for the Commonwealth Games.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×