Bloomfield clocks world leading time
Former outstanding local schoolboy athletes Akeem Bloomfield and Obrien Wasome started their collegiate athletic careers with impressive wins, while Olympian Clive Pullen also scored a strong win at separate indoor meets over the weekend.
Bloomfield, who made his name as a student of Kingston College during a run that saw him break the national junior record in the 400m, was impressive for his new school, the University of Auburn, while competing in his pet event on Saturday at the Commodore Classics in Nashville, Tennessee. Bloomfield stopped the clock at 46.68 seconds to win the event in a world-leading time and in the process produced the eight all-time mark over the distance for Auburn.
The athlete, who spoke about his first ever experience in an indoor race, was naturally pleased with his performance in his first competition at this level.
"I won the event in a good time just shortly after running a good split in the 4x400m. Since it was my first ever indoor race, the goal was simply to have fun and enjoy this new experience. Now I have a race under my belt, I can really now get into the mood of competing. Indoor track and field is a new experience for me and I will need a few races to get in shape for the outdoor season," said Bloomfield.
The same meet brought mixed fortunes for two other Jamaicans. Also competing for Auburn in his first indoor competition, former leading St. Jago sprinter Raheem Chambers had a top three finish, coming in third in the mens 60m final in 6.70 seconds. His teammate Odean Skeen formerly of Wolmer's Boys School was disqualified in the event after false starting.
Former Jamaica College jumper Obrien Wasome continued from where he left off at the high school level in his first competition for Texas A&M University. Competing in front of his new home fans at the Texas A&M Invitational, he hopped, skipped and jumped to an impressive 15.58m to capture the men's Triple Jump event.
Pullen, who competed at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, produced 16.66m to win the men's triple jump at home at the Arkansas Invitational meet. Pullen, the defending indoor champion in the event had opened up with 16.21m.