In front of a noisy National Stadium in Kingston, Camperdown High’s Roshawn Clarke broke the Boys’ Class One 400-metre hurdle record with a stunning 49.50-second run on the fourth and penultimate day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships on Friday.
Javier Brown of Jamaica College held the previous record of 49.86 seconds, which was set last year.
Kingston College’s (KC) Rayon Campbell, the pre-race favourite, was well beaten into second place in 50.54 seconds.
The 49.50 clocking, which represents a new personal best, means that Clarke is the second-fastest Jamaican junior in the event. The time also represents the second-fastest on the current World Under-20 list behind Ezekiel Nathaniel of Nigeria with 49.14 seconds.
Olympian Jaheel Hyde, now 25, is the fastest Jamaican junior with 48.81 seconds, which was recorded on July 1, 2016, in Kingston.
As a result of the victory, Clarke avenged his defeat to Campbell at the Carifta Trials on March 13. On that day Campbell clocked a stunning personal best of 49.52 seconds to become the second-fastest Jamaican junior in the event leading up to Champs.
Clarke also dipped below sub-50 seconds on the day with a then-personal best of 49.85 seconds.
Excelsior’s Daniel Wright secured the Boys’ Class Two 400-metre hurdles title in impressive fashion. He powered home in 52.83 seconds to beat Calabar’s Zacre Braham (53.31) and KC’s Jordan Mowatt (53.70).