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Edwin Clarke Jr. - Like father, like son

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Edward Clarke of Calabar High winning his 100 metres heat in 11.47 seconds at the National Stadium yesterday.

His father was a well-rounded student athlete at Jamaica College, but he is carrying medal hopes for rivals Calabar High at this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium.

Edward Clarke Jr shares his father's name, but not his 'true blue' heart.

Clarke Junior, a key member of Calabar's powerful Class One 4x100m relay team, well and truly got his Champs 2015 campaign under way yesterday with a smooth and comfortable 11.47 seconds win in his Class One 100m heat, finishing ahead of Cornwall College's Washington Brown, 11.61 and DeCarteret's Justin Evans, 11.67.

The well-spoken Clarke Jr. is expected to push gold medal favourite Michael O'Hara - also from Calabar and St Jago's Raheem Chambers for the top spots in the Class One 100m but as far as the youngster is concerned, his destiny lies squarely in his own hands - or legs for that matter.

"You have to believe in yourself and I am confident that I can do very well in this event, so I am focused on myself and hoping that I can have some positive results in the next rounds," Clarke Jr told The Gleaner, shortly after his run in the heats.

"My season so far has gone really well. I am happy with my preparation coming into this championships; I'm happy with this performance and I am looking forward to the next round," added Clarke Jr. "I have been looking forward to this 100m so it felt good to finally come out on the track and get things going."

Clarke Jr, who started his Champs career with Jamaica College in 2010, winning silver medals in the long jump and 100m at Class Three, added that his father has always supported his decision to study and compete at Calabar and couldn't help but laugh when asked about the rivalry among themselves.

"Well, yeah, he was a Jamaica College student, but he has always supported me and always says that he supports whatever is best for me," Clarke Jr said of his father, who is now based in The Bahamas. "There really isn't that big of a rivalry between us, but I know I have his support."