Barbadian 400m college star smashes 35-year-old national record

By May 25, 2019
University of Texas freshman, Jonathan Jones. University of Texas freshman, Jonathan Jones.

The Barbados national record over 400 metres is coming ever closer to breaking the 45-second barrier after freshman at the University of Texas, Jonathan Jones, smashed a 35-year-old record over the distance on Saturday. 

Running at the Western Regionals, Jones, who had broken Barbados’ indoor record over 400 metres earlier this year, stormed to 45.02 seconds to finish second behind University of Houston’s Kahmari Montgomery, 44.78, and ahead of Baylor University’s, Wil London, 45.11.

The winner and third-place finishers are a couple of seniors and must have been surprised by the freshman, who was breaking Elvis Forde’s 45.32, set in August of 1984 at the Olympic Games.

In January, running at the Ted Nelson Invitational, Jones clocked 46.21 to better another of Ford’s record’s, set three years later. Forde had left the national record at 46.34.

The field in the final at the Western Regionals was rounded out by Sean Bailey (UTEP), 45.19, Wayne Lawrence Jr (Iowa), 45.33, Obi Igbokwe (Houston), 45.35, Derrick Mokaleng (TCU), 45.46, and Mar’yea Harris (Iowa), 45.49.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Semenya receives Rabat invite Semenya receives Rabat invite

    Caster Semenya has been invited to compete in the Diamond League meeting in Rabat this weekend after initially being denied entry.

    Semenya was again cleared to compete without restriction on Thursday when the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT) rejected an IAAF request to reimpose a new ruling limiting testosterone in female athletes.

    The double Olympic 800 metres champion is challenging the IAAF's decision to introduce restrictions on testosterone levels in women competing at distances ranging from 400m to a mile.

    Semenya should be free to run while she awaits an SFT verdict on her case, but was told on Tuesday that the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation would not permit her to compete in Rabat on Sunday.

    Race organisers backtracked after taking note of the SFT's refusal to reimpose the IAAF ruling.

    A statement released by race organisers on Friday said: "After checking the situation of Caster Semenya in view of the decisions of the Swiss Federal Court, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the head of the sports centre and sports organisation of the international athletics meeting in Rabat, Mr. Alain Blondel, is happy to confirm her invitation to participate in the 800m race of the said meeting on Sunday 16 June 2019."

    Semenya is also hoping to run in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in California on June 30.

  • Shanieka Ricketts upbeat despite third-place finish in Oslo Shanieka Ricketts upbeat despite third-place finish in Oslo

    Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

  • Brigitte Foster-Hylton praises national record holder Janeek Brown Brigitte Foster-Hylton praises national record holder Janeek Brown

    Jamaica’s sprint hurdles queen Brigitte Foster-Hylton has come out in praise of Janeek Brown, who broke her 16-year-old national record on Saturday.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.