Published: Wednesday | July 15, 2009

Name: Isa Phillips

Date of birth: April 22, 1984

Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Personal best: 48.05 seconds

Best performances: Fourth in semi-finals at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Fifth in semi-finals at last year's Beijing Olympics. Third at last year's World Athletics Final in Stuttgart and sixth in the semi-final at the 2nd World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, in 2001.

A real contender

National champion Isa Phillips has been knocking at the door for the past two years and this season has emerged as a real gold medal prospect in the men's 400 metres hurdles.

The former St Andrew Technical High and Louisiana State University student is the second fastest in the world this year over the one-lap hurdles event. His 48.05 seconds is just behind the 48.03 of American Bershawn Jackson, the 2005 World champion.