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Jones breaks 34-year mark

EZRA STUART,

Added 25 May 2019

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Jonathan Jones getting into stride at the start of the race. (Picture courtesy University of Texas.)

Jonathan Jones has broken one of Barbados’ oldest national athletics records. For 34 years, Elvis Forde’s 400 metres mark of 45.32 seconds seemed to be out of the reach of Barbadian athletes.

But it took Jones a mere 45.02 seconds to remove it from the books on Friday night.

In the race of his lifetime, the 20-year-old former Coleridge & Parry and Harrison College schoolboy clocked the career-best time while competing at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento.

Jones, a freshman at the University of Texas, finished second in Heat 2 of the 400 metres quarter-finals, which was won by University of Houston’s Kahmari Montgomery in a season’s best 44.78 seconds. (EZS) 

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