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 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.

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