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Jonathan Jones breaks Barbados’ oldest track record


Ezra Stuart

Jonathan Jones breaks Barbados’ oldest track record
Jonathan Jones (FILE)

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The oldest record in Barbados’ track and field history has finally been broken.

Middle distance runner Jonathan Jones went where no other Barbadian athlete has gone when he clocked an amazing 1:45.83 minutes to win the men’s 800 metres at the Texas Relays on Thursday night.

He won the two-lap race in the United States to erase Orlando Greene’s long-standing time of 1:46.24 minutes which was set 45 years ago in Philadelphia back in May 1976.

Jones, 24, also established a new national 400 metres record of 44.63 at the Diamond League in London in 2019 after breaking Elvis Forde’s 400 metres record.

His record-breaking run in the 800 metres was watched by Barbados’ most celebrated athlete, 2000 Olympic Games 100 metres bronze medallist, Ambassador Obadele Thompson, who is also the national record holder in both the men’s 100 and 200 metres. (EZS)