Jonathan Jones breaks Elvis Forde’s 34-year old 400m record
Jonathan Jones continues his record breaking ways this year and this time he has erased Barbados’ 34-year old 400m outdoor record and replaced it with a new time of 45.02 secs during the NCAA West Preliminary Round being held in Sacramento California.
The previous National Record was held by Elvis Forde set back in August 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympic Games with a time of 45.32 secs.
Jones continues to improve with each meet as he clocked a new Personal Best time of 45.73 seconds at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Oklahoma – Norman held from May 10-12.
He has now returned and finished second in Heat 2 of the 400m quarterfinals in the meet held from May 23-25 with a new National Record and Personal Best time of 45.02 seconds.
Earlier this year Jones who is a freshman at University of Texas took down another one of Forde’s records. The indoor record which Forde set in 1987 of 46.34 secs was replaced by Jones at a BIG 12 Conference at the start of the year when he stopped the clock at 46.21 secs.
This time qualifies him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships makes the qualifying standard for the 2019 IAAF World Championships later this year.
Three-time national champion Mario Burke continues his impressive season as he clocked a 10.08 secs in the 100m also at the Sacramento meet.
The 22-year-old former Harrison College student who is now a senior at Houston Texas also became only the second Bajan to break the sub 10 second barrier when he ran a wind aided 9.95 secs race in Wichita State. (CG)