Navasky Anderson wins heat at Jamaica Trials
Navasky Anderson, 1:48.24, leads the men's 800m field into the final at Jamaica Trials

Navasky Anderson became the first Jamaican to run the men’s 800m in under one minute and 50 seconds. Anderson set a new Jamaican record of 1:44.70 seconds, securing second place at the Under Armour Sunset Tour on July 29 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

After crossing the line, Anderson shouted to those on the sideline, “First Jamaican to ever break 1:45.”

Anderson’s record-breaking performance surpassed his previous national record of 1:45.02, which he had set on June 10, 2022, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Anderson breaks 800m record, Pinnock wins at NCAA Champs

This impressive run has earned Navasky Anderson qualification for the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships, set for August 19-27.

In the event, Nigerian Edose Ibadin secured first place on Saturday with a time of 1:44.65, while John Rivera of Puerto Rico took third place with 1:45.29.

Anderson, a former Mississippi State runner, broke his own national record of 1:45.02 seconds, which he had set last year when qualifying for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

A week ago, he ran his second-best time of 1:45.70 seconds at the Under Armour Sunset Tour in Los Angeles. At the Jamaica Trials, Anderson finished with a time of 1:47.67, securing second place behind Rajay Hamilton, who finished with a time of 1:47.28.

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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.