Photo: Demish Gaye cruises home in a new record of 45.24 seconds in the Men’s 400m final at the Intercol/NCB Track and Field and Cheerleading Championships inside the National Stadium on Saturday. Gaye lowered his own record of 45.57s set last year.
GC Foster College quarter miler Demish Gaye became the fastest Jamaican over 400m this season when he cruised to victory in final of the one-lap event in 45.24s on day two of the Intercol/NCB Track and Field and Cheerleading Championships inside the National Stadium on Saturday.
The defending champion made light work of the field as he lowered his own record of 45.57s set last year by 0.33 seconds. In a well-timed race, Gaye came off the final turn well ahead of the field and powered home ahead of his teammate Romario Williams who finished second in 46.52s and Marco Doodnaughsingh of the Mico University who finished third in 47.33s.
Speaking with Yardie Sports after breaking the record Gaye said, “I came to the championships with the intention of breaking my own record. I was expecting a bit of challenge (in the race) but that didn’t happen, but it feels great knowing I can leave my name in the books and set a mark for others to go after.”
Gaye returned to anchor GC Foster to gold and a new record of 3:05.59 in the 4x400m, the final event of the championships. The 24 year old showed his superior strength to chase down Doodnaughsingh who had a 10 meter lead, before opening up a gap in the final 150 meters and capped off a remarkable championship win for the Maurice Wilson coached outfit. Mico also finished inside the old record of 3:06.55 when they stopped the clock at 3:06.25.
With the Intercol Championships now out of the way, Gaye says the Senior Trials will be his next point of focus as he sets his sights on making the Jamaican team to the World Championships in London later this year. Gaye achieved the World Championships qualifying standard on Saturday.
GC Foster swept both the female and male section of the championships outclassing their closest opponents to win by 24 points in the female section after tallying 194 points and the male section by 79 points when they tallied 245 points.
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