Andre Clarke
Andre Clarke, a finalist at the Commonwealth Games, ran a personal best 49.09 to win the Grenada Invitational

Jamaican Andre Clarke was in top form at Saturday’s (9 June) Star Athletics Sprint Series in Florida.

Clarke, a finalist at the Commonwealth Games in April, produced the best run of his life, 48.29secs to take the men’s 400m hurdles.

He beat his previous best of 49.09s done to win the Grenada Invitational in April.

The Sanjay Ayre-conditioned athlete beat fellow Jamaicans Annsert Whyte, 49.09 and Romel Lewis, 49.48.

Clarke beats Mowatt time at Star Athletics Sprint Series

Clarke is now the fastest Jamaican over the one lap obstacle this year. He beat the 48.83 Kemar Mowatt ran at the NCAA Championships on June 8.

“It was a good one,” said Clarke.

“I knew what coach wanted, because we have been working on some things in practice and we knew what we going for (sub-49),” added the former Vere Technical athlete.

Winthrop Graham has the four fastest times, 47.60, 47.62 (twice) and 47.66 by a Jamaican.

Clarke, who is now below the 49-sec barrier, sets himself another target.

“I’m been trying to get past this 49 for a while, so it’s a good feeling. Now going back to practice and see how we can get to that 47-point.”

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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