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Gordon eyeing sub-50 in London

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 12:30 AMRobert Bailey
Chrisann Gordon

Having achieved her personal best time at this year's JAAA National Championships, national 400 metres runner Chrisann Gordon is now planning to run sub 50-seconds at the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

Gordon, who is the reigning NCAA Division 1 champion, ran a personal best 50.13 to place second in the final at the National Championships on Sunday at the National Stadium.

The former Holmwood Technical star said her aim now is to run below 50 seconds in London.

"I can do it, but I don't really think about it that much," said Gordon. "I know that once I train hard and continue to do what I am doing right now, I will get to 49 because I am pretty close to it," said Gordon. "I am going there to ran fast and make the final," she said.




The 22-year-old Gordon, who will be representing Jamaica in the flat 400 metres for the first time at the World Championships, said she is very happy that she has finally been able to secure an individual spot on the team.

"It's very special. I am very young, and to go there now and ran the flat 400m means a lot, it's a big deal," said Gordon.

"I have been to the Olympics and World Championships, and I am always in the relay pool, and now I get to run the 400 metres, and I am so happy," she said.

"There were many times when I wanted to give up because I have worked so hard over the years and I wasn't getting the results that I wanted and finally everything is coming together," Gordon added.

Gordon, who represented the University of Texas at the NCAA Division One championships, finished second at the National Championships behind Shericka Jackson, who won the event in 50.05.

She noted that she tried her best in the event.

"I think I executed my race well, but I think maybe I could have gone out a little bit faster in the first 100m but overall I think I ran a good race," Gordon said while adding that she is confident that Jamaica can retain the 4x400m gold medal at this year's championships in London.