Andre Clarke

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.”


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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